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15 May-21 July 2013

Twilight of the gods – Ludwig II

The touring exhibition about Bavaria's famous king, Ludwig II, drew the crowds when it came to the DB Museum in Nuremberg from 15 May-21 July 2013. Some of our exhibits were added to the original exhibition.

Innovative multimedia docks, 3D animations of Ludwig's castles and a host of films and images – these were the sure-fire recipe for success underpinning the exhibition on Ludwig II. It depicted the king's reign as a period of radical political change in Bavaria, accompanied by the transition from traditional ways to the modern business practices and social norms associated with the industrial era. 

Certain pieces from the DB Museum were added to the travelling exhibition, such the saloon and "veranda" coaches that were part of Ludwig's personal royal train. He had the saloon coach constructed in the Louis XIV style, turning it into a veritable Versailles on wheels.

Nuremberg plays Wagner

This exhibition shone a new light on king Ludwig II, his life and his royal train carriages. Marking the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, it was part of a year-long celebration of the composer in Nuremberg and delved into Ludwig's role as Wagner's patron.

The exhibition was first created for the special series of events commemorating the king in 2011, when it went on display at Herrenchiemsee Palace on the largest island in Bavaria's Chiemsee lake. It was a joint undertaking between the Centre of Bavarian History (HdBG), the Bavarian Department of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes, and Rosenheim district council.