Ludwig II of Bavaria

1845 - 1886

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Ludwig II (Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886), also called the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King (der Märchenkönig), was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig II of Bavaria has received more than 3,926,348 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Ludwig II of Bavaria is the 421st most popular politician (up from 506th in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from Germany (up from 141st in 2019) and the 30th most popular German Politician.

Ludwig II of Bavaria is most famous for his obsession with the construction of fairy-tale castles and palaces. He was also a patron of the arts, and his patronage helped to establish Munich as one of the great cultural centers of Europe.

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Among politicians, Ludwig II of Bavaria ranks 421 out of 19,576Before him are Herod Antipas, Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, Louis VII of France, Rurik, Albert II of Belgium, and Vitellius. After him are Harald Fairhair, Hafsa Sultan, Rehoboam, Viktor Yanukovych, Józef Piłsudski, and Maximilian I of Mexico.

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Among people born in 1845, Ludwig II of Bavaria ranks 3Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen, and Alexander III of Russia. After him are Georg Cantor, George I of Greece, Gabriel Lippmann, Gabriel Fauré, Élie Metchnikoff, Amadeo I of Spain, Carl Spitteler, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, and Ludwig III of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1886, Ludwig II of Bavaria ranks 3Before him are Franz Liszt, and Ramakrishna. After him are Leopold von Ranke, Emily Dickinson, Chester A. Arthur, John Deere, Amilcare Ponchielli, Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, Alexander Ostrovsky, Ilya Ulyanov, and Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ludwig II of Bavaria ranks 118 out of 7,253Before him are Bruce Willis (1955), Theodor W. Adorno (1903), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Walter Benjamin (1892), Charles the Fat (839), and Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742). After him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Novalis (1772), Wim Wenders (1945), Augustus II the Strong (1670), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472), and Leopold I of Belgium (1790).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Ludwig II of Bavaria ranks 30Before him are William the Silent (1533), Willy Brandt (1913), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), Henry the Fowler (876), Clara Zetkin (1857), and Charles the Fat (839). After him are Augustus II the Strong (1670), Leopold I of Belgium (1790), Lothair I (795), George I of Great Britain (1660), Christian IX of Denmark (1818), and Frederick William III of Prussia (1770).