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Ludwig II – Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King
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This location based services application offers a unique range of multimedia information about & around the famous "fairytale king" Ludwig II of Bavaria. The application includes fascinating augmented reality features like 3D pattern recognition, where digital objects appear on the iPhone screen on location and in real time. As an indispensable guide to the palaces, castles and all the events in the life of Ludwig II, this app is an absolute must-have for all Ludwig admirers and for tourists who take an interest in substantial historical information while "walking in the footsteps of the fairytale king.
 
Almost all the app features are available offline as well. This app is a joint service offered by the Bavarian State Library and the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes.

Selected Features:
  • Information about 140 locations in Bavaria and Europe which are related to Ludwig II and appear either live on your iPhone screen or can easily be accessed in MapView or ListView.
  • Detailed descriptions of places that were important in the king's life, streamlined for iPhone readers and adapted for multimedia inclusion.
  • Extensive picture galleries with over 400 photographs, many of them historic.
  • Audio quotes of witnesses of the period like Richard Wagner or Otto von Bismarck vividly demonstrate what impression the king made on people who met him in person. Of course, Ludwig II himself has his say too!
  • Audio features regarding particular subjects or places, including the building history of Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • Location and context related links to video interviews with experts addressing architecture, politics, music, technology, Ludwig II's life and the myths that surround the king.
  • An augmented reality (AR) simulation of Ludwig II's former Winter Garden in the Munich Residence, which no longer exists, appearing in real time on the iPhone screen.
  • An augmented reality feature presenting a 360 degree panorama view of the Throne Room and the Singers' Hall at Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • An admission ticket becomes alive – digital thumbnails of the royal palaces: visitors of Linderhof Palace, Herrenchiemsee Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle can use this app for a magic trick that conjures digital thumbnails out of their admission tickets. When you point your iPhone on the ticket, a 3D simulation model of the palace you're visiting appears on the screen.
  • Virtual "gifts" from many of the places related to the life of the fairytale king, which can be stored in the digital scrapbook.
  • "Join the king on his journey through the year" – Historical events on 147 days of the year appear as push messages on your iPhone.
The app is available free of charge in the  Apple iTunes Store or via several augmented reality browsers like junaio, Layar or Wikitude for every smartphone user.