King’s House on Schachen
The holiday residence of nobility in the Wetterstein range
King Ludwig II has turned his dream into reality in a fairytale-like setting: A mountain residence on Schachen, far away from the valley and his royal duties. His holiday domicile was built between 1869 and 1872 and is located at 1,866 metres above sea level below the Dreitorspitze. It’s the perfect location to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Wetterstein mountain range.
The façade seems rather modest, but it hides a lot of surprises. The lavish living quarters of the Swiss chalet-style castle are a colourful conglomerate of reds, blues and gold. The pompous Turkish Hall – with divans and a waterspout fountain at the centre – is the “crown jewel” in the oriental-style upper level of the building. That’s where Ludwig II. celebrated his birthday and name day each year on August 25.
In immediate proximity of the King’s House, there’s a beautiful botanical garden. It’s filled with about 1,500 species of flowers and plants from Bavarian alpine flowers to plants from the Caucasus mountains.