May I chime in to the original topic. I'm practically living at the foot of King Ludwig's castles, and 150 years ago I would have been one of his faithful subjects.
I'd like to add my PoV as a Bavarian.
1. Yes, he probably had homosexual tendencies. But he was a catholic monarch in the 19th century with very high ideals about a conduct of life worthy of a king etc. AFAIK he preferred shapely young men as his valets and collected photographies of beautiful men. But according to his diary, he tried veryvery hard to suppress any unchaste desires.
2. As a young man, he was considered extremely attractive and stood very much in the spotlight. Now imagine the 19th century Prince William proposing to his long-term boyfriend Daniel von Wetterstein.
A crown prince, especially a beautiful, charismatic, popular, educated one whose picture can be found in many Bavarian girls' bedrooms is. not. gay
3. He often preferred the company of "simple people", ie farmers, woodworkers, farmhands, maidservants, dairymaids etc to his obligations at court. He loved wandering or riding alone in the Alps and when he met some poor workers he talked to them and gave them presents like a pocket watch or something. And he gave many of them jobs in building his castles. Of course, the poor folk loved their "Kini" (local dialect for "king") for it. And being very conservative and catholic to this day, they would not hear of their popular monarch to have some "unnatural" desires. (In the opinion of 19th century Bavarian mountain farmers. )
4. It is entirely possible that your tour guide was one of the latter group who admired King Ludwig for his imagination and love to his simple subjects and did not like his being reduced to a gay
madman. It reminds me a bit of an interview with actor Sir Ian McKellan who complained that every interview, no matter the subject, turned sooner or later to his sexual preferences.
5. I, as a subject to house Wittelsbach
, think that the Kini wasn't exactly mad. He probably had to suppress his sexuality, which is never a good thing, and there must have been some genetic predispositions for mental ilness because of the close relationships
between families of the European nobility. Apart from that, he was a visionary who loved fantasy worlds but unlike any of us who love spending some time at Hogwarts or in Middle Earth, he had the money and power to make them become reality. I think he simply did what he enjoyed most. And btw he was declared insane by a doctor who never had examined him in person.
Whew. Thanks for letting me wax all historical.