In 1876, King Ludwig II had the park to his Herrenchiemsee Palace laid out by court garden director Carl von Effner, modelled on Versailles. The pompous gardens with their fascinating fountains and water features were intended to reflect the monarchical splendour of the time. Particularly important was the so-called central axis of the garden, which made up about a third of the grounds. This was largely completed by the time King Ludwig II died in June 1886. Other components are the Fatma and Fortuna figures, the flower parterre with the Latona Fountain and the “Grand Canal”. The Apollo Fountain and the landing stage were only erected after Ludwig II’s death.