Ludwig II – Walking in the footsteps of a fairytale king

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The app is available free of charge in the Apple iTunes Store. The content can be displayed in other operating systems (e.g. Android) using the augmented reality browser Layar.
Apple iTunes Store

The contents are available in the German and the English language.

The location based services application offers a unique range of multimedia information about and 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 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek 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.
Film about the app

Version 2.0

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Ludwig II, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presented an extensive update of the iPhone app.

In the new version 2.0, the app has undergone extensive technical refactoring. The design was completely remodelled and adjusted to the iOS7 design line. The augmented reality features – representing a particular attraction of the app – were also brought up to the latest state of the art. Among other things, the 3D detection of the conservatory simulation was improved, by which the user can make Ludwig's legendary conservatory "appear" in virtual reality on the premises of the Munich Residence.

Also with regard to content, the new version of the app offers some exciting additions: The Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds (equalisation fund for the Wittelsbach dynasty) could be won as a further cooperation partner for making available further content. It was thus made possible to add further points of interest, such as e.g. the Museum of the Bavarian Kings in Hohenschwangau and to improve existing points of interest by adding photographs from the collection of the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds. Further complementary image material was contributed by the Bavarian department of state-owned palaces, gardens and lakes.