Report on the 3rd IZA European Summer School in Labor Economics, 2000


The excursion for this year's summer school was to Linderhof Castle. The castle, which was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria from 1874-1878, is situated in the beautiful Graswang valley and surrounded by the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps.

After a guided tour through the small and intimate castle, built in a heavily decorated neo-rococo style that tries to emulate the atmosphere of French absolutism, the participants of the summer school explored the famous Venus Grotto, an artificial cave complete with lake, heating and electric lighting where Ludwig, sitting in a shell boat rowed around by a servant, lost himself in reveries and the music of Richard Wagner. After this highlight, it was time to taste some traditional Bavarian food and beer.