The Fairytale Castles of Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank
Find out about the life of Wagner's bombastic creation in this BBC Four documentary
The fantastic and mystical world of Wagner’s operas left its mark on his greatest patron, Ludwig II. The bombastic, faux mystical creations of the Bavarian King attest to his wild imagination, while also explaining the drastic state of his personal finances.
Dan Cruickshank – who travelled the world in 80 treasures – is our amiable companion as we tour Ludwig’s great castles, including the tourist board favourite, Schloss Neuschwanstein. Particular delights include a synthetic cave and whole rooms dedicated to Wagner’s Lohengrin and Tannhäuser.
There is no better way to understand the cult of Wagner than these vast – often unfinished – monuments. The composer’s own substantial megalomania rather pales in comparison.