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


The excursion for this year's summer school was to the Castle of Linderhof, the favorite castle of King Ludwig II. of Bavaria. The castle, located in the beautiful Graswang valley, is 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 defied the terrible rain and explored the lovely park of Linderhof. The best part of the gardens, judging by the remarks of the participants of the summer school, is 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 head for some traditional Bavarian food and beer. Everyone certainly had a good time!