25 February 2013

Glienicke Castle

Glienicke Castle which is situated at the soout-west of Berlin just at the border to Potsdam was once  the Summer residence of  Prince Carl of Prussia, the third son of King Friedrich Wilhelm III.
Ther first building on this site was a Manor  (which was described as Castle in documents from that time) which was build in 1753 for Johann Jakob von Mirow a Docotor from Berlin. After he came in finacial trouble he had to sell the Estate in 1764. It changed the woners a few times in the following until it was bought by Count Carl Heinrich August of Linedeau.He changed the look of the Estate and also gave the Manor a new meaning. After Prussia's defeat by Napoleon's army at Jena and Auerstedt in 1806 Count Lindenau fell into financial difficultiesand sought to sell the Estate but without succcess. In 1811 and 1812 it was rented by the prussian Cancellor Count Karl August of hardenbergwho bought it in 1814. In addition to remodeling of the interior and exterior of the Manor , Fürst Hardenberg remodeld from the autumn of 1816 the immediate vicinity of the cottage garden artistically. After he died in 1822 his heirs sought for an buyer which the finally found in 1824 in the person of Prince Carl of Prussia. the thiord son of King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Like hios older brother, the future King Friedrich Wilhelm IV., Prince Carl also showed great interest in the ancient culture. This "passion for antiques and other antiquitiesawakened and fostered in childhood educators of Prince, Count Heinrich von Minutoli Menu. All the more impressive for Prince Carl was the first trip to Italy in 1822, which inspired him to the harmony between landscape, architecture and antiquity. Returned with these impressions, the decision was for him to realize this "dream of Italy 'in his native Berlin. With sketches of the design of individual buildings supported Carl's artistically gifted  brother Friedrich Wilhelm the project. Some details of these proposals, the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and his pupil and colleague Ludwig Persius took over for their own designs. In close collaboration with the landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenne, a unique, southern ambience architecture and garden area grow  which Prince Carl decorated with antiques from its rich collection.
With the death of Prince Carl  1883 the heyday of Glienicke ended. . In his will, he decreed that his son and main heir Prince Friedrich Karl  had to spend at least 30,000 marks annually for the maintenance of the Glienicke buildings and parks. But as prince Prince Friedrich Karl died already in 1885 this came to end and the property was inherited by Prince Friedrich Karl's son Friedrich Leopold who showed little Interest in Glienicke.  By structural neglect began the decay of the building, and through the sale of ancient and medieval collectibles already in the 1920s, much of what Prince Carl had collected over decades, scattered around the world.
After the First World War and the end of the monarchyin 1918  Prince Friedrich Leopold moved his residence to Lugano, where he took numerous art objects and furniture. The property Glienicke including the building was first seized by the new government. In light of the failed Prince expropriation but it was after the ratification of the law on property dispute between the Prussian state and the members of the former ruling Prussian royal house on 26 October 1926  transferred back to Friedrich Leopold. Just two years later, the Prince tried to sell parts of the Glienicker area to a real estate company. This failed initially to an injunction of 17 July 1929 on the part of the Prussian state, who wanted to preserve the land as a park. Under the agreements in the balance the state was under discussion in this proceeding. After Prince Friedrich leopold died in 1931 the property was inherited by his grandson, Prince Freidrich Karl who sold the Estate in 1939 to the city Berlin. From 1950 it served as a Hotel a and since 1987  the Castle is used as a Castle Mueseum and open to the public. 

17 February 2013

Blog Reorganization

When i startet this Blog i only covered Royal Evetns i have been and Royal Sides and Castles i have visited. Since Summer 2010 also News about the former reigning german Houses and the mediatized Houses are covered here so i thought it is time for a Reorganizatiion to make it easier to find Posts.
You can now find here the different Posts:
  • News: News about the former reigning german Houses and the mediatized Houses
  • german Houses: generalInformation about the former reigning Houses as such as History of the Family and Information about the present Family members
  • Special: Reports about the Royal and noble Events i have attended
  • Castles and Sides: Information about Castles, chruches, burial ground and other Sides connected to Royalty i have visited

16 February 2013

german Houses: The Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe

The Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe

House of Lippe

All present members of the Princely Family bear the Title Prince/Princess zu Schamburg.Lippe and if in accordane with the House Laws the style of Hochfürstliche Durchlaucht (High Princely Serene Highness) (HSH).

Ancestor of the Family is Philipp, Count and Edler Lord zur Lippe, 5. and youngest son of Count Simon Vi. zur Lippe and his wife Elisabeth, née Countess of Holstein-Schaumburg. Schaumburg-Lippe was formed in 1647 by the division of the county of Schaumburg between the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg, the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel and the Count of Lippe. On 15. November 1640 died with the young and still childless Count Otto V. of Holstein-Schaumburg  the last male representative of his Family.  His inheritance was divided in the following years. Various agreements, the division was established in 1647 and in October 1648 confirmed in the Treaty of Westphalia. As a result of this division, there was one County of Schaumburg (hessian share) which was joined in a Personal-Union with with Hesse-Kassel from 1647 and the County of Schaumburg (Lippe share) in which a collateral line of the Countly House of Lippe ruled. This part was later commonly referred to as Schaumburg-Lippe. 
The existence of the small territory was difficult from the start. First major facilities were together with the Hessian part of the county Schaumburg, inhabited, as (short-term) the estates, especially the lucrative mining (Samtbergbau) of Bückeberge. Moreover, since the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel still remained lords of the Bückeburger, territorial independence was always at risk. As a result of these risks Count Wilhelm (reigned 1748-1777) developed   its specific form of national defense with an admittedly small in absolute terms, standing for the country but a large army of up to 1,000 men He also built the William Stone (Wilhelmstein) and the William Steiner field (Wilhelmsteiner Feld). Earlier, his grandfather, Count Friedrich Christian had questioned the existence of the County because of an unconventional policy. 
After the death of Count Wilhelm the junior line Schaumburg-Lippe-Alverdissen  inherited the County and therefore the Schaumburg-Lippe was reunited with Lippe-Alverdissen. The new Count Philipp Ernst inherited not only an Army  but also many debts who put him in a  deep internal crisis. After his death in 1787 Hesse-Kassel raiesed inheritance rights and occupied the country in 1787 in the Bückeburger dispute, but was forced to retreat by Hanoverian and Prussian intervention.  Afterwards a guardian was appointed for the young Hereditary Count Georg who excercised the regency together wth Georg's mother Countess Juliane, née Princess of Hesse-Philippsthal. After Count Georg Wilhelm (1784-1860)   took over the reign in 1707 he became Fürst on  18 April 1807 after  joining the Confederation of the Rhine. In 1815  the Principality joined  the German Confederation. Fürst Georg Wilhelm, who initially supported the domestic reforms (introduction of a modern estate tax 1812, estates with a peasant representation 1815) had had to find out  in the Congress of Vienna that the country could not expect an extension of territory and therfore there was a mediatization was to expect. Therefore, in the following years several large estates were bought in Southeast Europe, to establish a permanent basis that would ensure the Family. Among others he bought in 1842 the domination Nachod which was in 1856 given as entaile estate (Fideikomiss) to hiy younger son Wilhelm. In 1816 Fürst Georg Wilhelm issued a first feudal constitution  and  in 1854 the Principality joined the he Prussian customs territory. In 1848 he built the Wihelmstein near  Wölpinghausen. Fürst Georg Wilhelm was married to Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont. From the marriage there where 9 children. After his death in 1860 he was succeeded by his oldest son who became Fürst Adolf I.
Under the Regency of Fürst Aolf I. the Pricnipalty became in 1871 one of the federal states of the German Empire. Fürst Adolf I. was married to his first cousin Princess Hermine zu Waldeck and Pyrmont. Together they had 8 children.
  • Hermine, married to Duke Maximilian of Württemberg
  • Georg, who succeeded his father as Fürst
  • Hermann
  • Ida, married to Fürst Heinrich XXII. Reuß zu Greiz
  • Otto Heinrich, he married Anna von Köppen, who was created Countess of Hagenburg. There are descendants of the marriage who bear the tlte Count/Countess of Hagenburg.
  • Adolf, married to Princess Viktoria of Prussia one of the daughters of Friedrich III., German Emperor and King of Prussia
Fürst Adolf I.died in 1893 and was succeded by his oldest son Georg. From 1895-1905 Fürst Georg tried to assert his hereditary claims to the Principality of Lippe in a very historically significant dispute of succession, but he did not succeed. From 1906 to 1909 the poet Hermann Lons lived in Schaumburg-Lippe and summed up his negative experiences with the local particularism in the sharp satire "duodecimo" at ußischen customs territory. Fürst Georg was married to Princess Maria Anna of Saxe-Altenburg. The couple had 9 children.
  • Adolf II., who succeeded his father as Fürst
  • Moritz
  • Wolrad, who succeeded his childless brother Adolf as Fürst
  • Stephan, married to Duchess Inegborg Alix of Oldenburg. Their daughter Marie-Alix married Duke Peter of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • Heinrich, married  to Countess Maria-Erike of Hardenberg. They had one daughter  Dagmar
  • Friedrich Christian, first he married Countess Alexandra zu Castell-Rüdenhausen. after her death he married Princess Marie-Luise zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and in 1969 he married Hélène Mayr. From his firt marriage he had 2 children a daughter Princess Christine and a son, Prince Albrecht-Wolfgang who is married and has decendants.  
In 1911 Fürst Georg died and his oldest son succeeded him as Fürst Adolf Ii. In the few years of his reign several building proejcts where realized. The construction of the massive mausoleum Bückeburg should be the beginning of the building of a large museum and art site in Bückeburg and Bad Eilsen. Executed where  Princely craft school, which later became the Prince Adolf Workshop for Ceramic Art, and the Princely  Music school in  Bückeburg, later Army Music School. Her most famous schoolboy was James Last. Further plans thwarted by the First World WarThe health resort of Bad Eilsen near Bückeburg benefits until today from the construction program, which began in the First World War. All great still existing and occupied buildings were completed by the early 1920s and established the reputation of Bad Eilsens as bad of Princes and Kings in the famous Golden Twenties. On 15.November 1918 Fürst Adolf II. abdicated. He married in 1920 the actress Ellen Bischoff-Korthaus, a divorced Princess zu Bentheim and Steinfurt. The marriage was a  morganatic marriage  but i remained childess. On 26.03.1936 Fürt Adolf Ii. and ghis wife where killed in an plane crahs in Zumpango, Mexico. 
Successor of Fürst Adolf II. as Head of the Princely House was his younger brother Wolrad.  Prince Wolrad asked in November 1936 the them prussian Prime Minister Hermann Goebbels to change his name to Fürst which was against the Weimarer constituin from 1919. Goerrgin referred him to the Wilhelm Frich, the prussian and Reichs Minister of the interior. On 1 September 1936 Fürst Wolrad  submitted a backdated application for inclusion in the NSDAP,  who was endorsed by Rudolf Hess on the 7th December: The admission to the NSDAP was backdated to 1928 In 1937 Fürst Wolrad held the post of leader of the SA storm (Reiterstandarte the SA 65-Detmold). From 1940, he secured the General gouvernemt  in Cracow and Lemberg with the 365th Division replenishment leader On 14 April 1942 he became commander of the supply rod zbV (special use) 365 This supply headquarters remained the senior field commander (OFK) assumed the 365th On 1 August 1941, the OFK 365 was moved from Krakow to Lemertg. It acted there in an area that was not operational area of the Army. In the denazification process he was represented by Bruno Penny, General Counsel Main Trusteeship Office East (HTO) which had been founded by Hermann Goerging. A passing place pf the HTO had been transferred to Bückeburg in early. Task of the HTO was to seize particular Jewish and Polish land in the General Government. In 1949 Fürst Wolrad  was ranked in the category IV. which means that he has supported Nazism. Already before the Second World War his major source of income was the mildly radioactive sulfur and mud Eilsen close to Bückeburg where especially gout, rheumatism and metabolic disorders found healing which was in his posession. It was mostly attended by the german aristocraty. In 1945 it was seized as German headquarters of the Royal Air Force. It was evacuated by the British in 1955, Eilsen subsequently fell back into possession of the Family and in  1957 it was sold  with all the bathing facilities, the big hotels in the resort area and the spa at the regional insurance agencies Berlin and Hannover. 
Fürt Wolrad was married to his distant cousin Princess Bathilds zu Schaumburg-Lippe. Together the had 4 children
  • Georg Wilhelm, who fell in 1945
  • Philipp-Ernst, who succeeded his father as Head of the Princely House
  • Konstantin, who was first married to Sigrid Knape and in second marriage to Petra Maas. From his first marriage he has 2 children, York and Tatiana and from his second marriage a son, Oliver
  • Viktoria Luise, married first to Count Karl-Georg of Stackelberg, and after his death in second marriage to Jürgen von Goerne.
Fürst Wolrad died in 1962 and his second born son Philipp-Ernst became the new Head of the Family. Until 1993 Fürst Philipp-Ernst was the Head of the Princely Court Chamber (Hofkammer) in which the private wealth of the Princely Family is managed, among other Bückeburg Castle. Fürst Philipp-Ernst was married to Baroness Benita of Tiele-Winckler. There where 2 sons from this marriage. Hereditary Prince Georg-Wilhelm who died in 1983 in an motorcycle accident, and the present Fürst Alexander. Fürst Philipp-Ernst died in 2003 after a longer illness. 

TSH Fürst Alexander and
'Fürstin Nadja Anna
The new Fürst Alexander had already been since 1993 the General Manager of the Princely Court Chamber. In the same year he married Prince Marie-Louise (Lily) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg but the marriage was not successfull and was divorced in 2002. In 2007 Fürst Alexander married second the lawyer from Munich Nadja Anna Zsoeks. 
As a patron, or in other capacities Fürst Alexander operates  for several German  and German-Israeli  non-profit organizations. He is a member of the FDP, for which he is engaged in newspaper articles and political campaigns. He was a deputy member of the 14th Federal Assembly on 30 June 2010 [11] and a member of the 15th Federal AssemblyThus he participated in  18 March 2012 in the election of the German President

Fürst Alexander has 3 children

from his first marriage
  • Heinrich Donatus
    HSH Hewreditary Prince
    Heinrich Donatus
    Photo and Copyright: Ulrike B.
and from his second marriage:
  • Felipa
  • Philomena

There is also a junior line of the Princely Family the so called Nachoid line descending from Prince Wilhelm. In 1856 Fürst Georg Wilhelm gave the domination Nachod who also incldued the Castle Ratiboritz as entaile estate (Fideikomiss) to his youngest son Wilhelm.  Prince Wilhelm was married to Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau. The couple had 9 children
  • Charlotte (1864-1946), married to King Wilhelm II. of Württemberg
  • Franz Josef (1865-1881)
  • Friedrich (1868-1945), succeeded his father as owner of Nachod
  • Albrecht (1869-1942), married to Duchess Elsa of Württemberg, thiir oldest son Prince Max was an german-austrian racing driver. Albrecht's daughter Bathildis married her distant cousin, Fürst Wolrad zu Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Maximilian (1871-1904), married to Duchess Olga of Württemberg
  • Bathilids (1873-1962, married to Fürst Friedrich zu Waldeck and Pyrmont
  • Adelheid (1875-1971), married to Duke Ernst II. of Saxe-Atleberg, The marriage was later divorced
  • Alexandra (1879-1949)
Prince Wilhelm oldest Friedrich son was thje last owner of the domination Nachod. As a german citizen he had to leave Nachod after the Second World War on 12. May 1945. He then went to Sackisch in Austria who he died in 1945. 
Prince Friedrich was first married to Prince Louise of Denmark, a daughter of the later King Frederik VIII. who died in 1906 at meningitis. Three years later he married Princess Antoinette of Anhalt.
children from his first marriage. 
  • Princess Marie Luise married to Princess Sigismund of Prussia
  • Prince Christian, married to Princess Feodora of Denmark
    • Prince Wilhelm, married to Ilona Hentschel von Gilgenheim, they have 2 children, Prince Christian married to Lena Giese and Princess Desiree who is married to Michael Iuel, from danish nobility.  
    • Prince Waldemar, he was first married to Anne-Lise Johansen, a danish court photograper. Afterwards he had to shortliving marriages and in 2008 he married Gertraud Antonia Wagner-Schöppl a former austiran politican. he adopted her son Mario-Max from a previous marriage. Since 2008 he calls himsel Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod
    • Princess Marie Louise
    • Prince Harald
  • Princess Stephanie, married to Fürst Viktor Adolf zu Bentheim and Steinfurt
children from his second marriage:
  • Prince Leopold
  • Prince Wilhelm
TSH Prince Wilhelm Princess Ilona and Prince Christian

01 February 2013

german Houses: The Grand Ducal House of Baden

The Grand Ducal House of Baden

House of Zähringen

All present members of the Family bear the title Prince/Prince of Baden with the style of Grand Ducal Highness (HGDH). The Head of the  House has the style of Royal Highness.

The earliest known member of the family is. Berthold I, Count in the Breisgau (died 982), who was first mentioned in 962. The dynasty of the Margraves of Baden was then founded by  Hermann I (1052-1074), the elder son of the Zähringer Berthold I. (1024-1078). His son, Count Hermann II, Count in Breisgau called first Margrave of Limburg, then in 1112 for the first time, Margrave of Baden. He inherited the March of Verona, the area around Venice in Italy, from his father but he chose to establish his residence in Germany because he had been born and raised there. His choice was the town of Baden. This was because his father had gained the right to rule Baden by marrying its heiress, Judit von Backnang-Sulichgau, Countess of Eberstein-Calw. In Baden, Herman II had Castle Hohenbaden built, beginning in 1070. When the construction was done in 1112, he marked the occasion by adopting the title of Margrave.
In 1219 the oringinal territories around Backnang, Besigheim and the new acquired territories at the upper rhine could be joined through the acquisation of Pforzheim from the inheritace of the Count Palatine Heinrich from the guelfes. In the 12th and 13th Cnetury the Margraves of Baden where partinsans of the Staufer. Between Backnang and Stuttgart, in the area of Karlsruhe, the northern black forrest was the territiorial expansion of the Margraviate. Important for the consolidation of the Margraviate was the acquisition of half of the dominions of Lahr and Mahlberg in 1442, creating a link between the southern part in the Breisgau and northern area around Baden-Baden.  The late Middle Ages saw the expansion towards the bathing princely territorial state (administration, finance), was bathing in a major territory between the Habsburg territories in the Ortenau and the Breisgau and the Duchy of Württemberg.
In 1212 Heinrich I. and Hermann II., the sons of Margrave Hermann IV. who died in 1190, splitted the Margraviate in 2 parts and so the sideline Baden-Hachberg was founded. The Margraviate existed as an independent territory until Otto II of Hachberg sold his property to the Margrave Bernhard I of Baden in 1415.
Around 1500 Margrave Christoph von Baden ruled over a fragmented, but undivided territory that was made up of an area around the residence of Baden, from estates on the southern Upper Rhine and from the territory on the left bank of the rhine. To avoid a split, he intended to make his son Philip his sole heir. His older son Bernhard  did not accept this will of his father and was exiled as a punishment to the Burgundian court. Philip's younger brother Ernst also rebelled, he raised by his father-in-law, the Margrave Friedrich of Brandenburg-Ansbach, against the planned succession of his father. Christoph finally gave in and agreed in 1515 to a tripartite division of the territory: Bernhard got the left bank of the Rhine, Philip the heartland to the city of Baden and the Ernst the country on the southern Upper Rhine.  When in 1533 Philip died without male issue,  Ernst and Bernhard initially intended to govern the heartland jointly. But soon after many diputes the decided to split it up among themselves. Bernhard determined the boundary line that ran mainly along the river Alb, and Ernst chose his part, he opted for the area north of the Alps. The shares, which the brothers had already received 1515 remained unaffected by this transaction. After the recent inheritance Bernhard reigned so on the left bank of the Rhine, and on the south of the Alps located part of the heartland. Ernst moved his residence to Pforzheim and designated from now on as Margrave of Baden-Pforzheim, while Bernhard remained in Baden called himself Margrave of Baden-Baden  On the details of the division of the brothers and negotiated further progress until the end of 1536 under Electoral Palatinate mediation agreement, which they documented in a contract concluded in Heidelberg.

The Margraviate of Baden-Baden

The descendants of Bernhard, which from now until 1771 ruled the thus resulting Margraviate of Baden-Baden, also called the bernhardian lineage of the House of Baden. When Bernhard died in 1536, his son Philibert was still an infant  and his son Christoph was not yet born. Ernst  claimed Bernhard's heritage for himself and tried his claim before the Imperial Court in Speyer, but lost against Bernard's widow Franziska and Philipps's daughter Joakobäa, who fought for a government guardianship. Guardians became  Johan II. of Simmern, Wilhelm IV. of Eberstein and Wilhelm IV of Bavaria, the husbandof Jakobäa. Philibert grew up in Munich and took over in 1556 at the age of 20 years the government. In 1557 he married four years older Mechthild of Bavaria, whom he knew from childhood. In Hungary, he fought against the Ottomans and in France against the Huguenots.There he died 1569, when his son Philip was only ten years old. Philip's guardian was Albrecht V.  of Bavaria. He was educated by Jesuits in Ingolstadt him in the spirit of the Counter-Reformation and installed it already in 1571 at the age of twelve years as Regent in Baden-Baden. Albrecht retained a mayor influence through his gouvernor Otto Heinrich of Schwarzenberg who he  placed in 1570.  From 1572 to 1582 he extended Philip's residence the New Castle in Baden-Baden in the Italian Renaissance style.   Philip died in 1588 at the age of 29 years, leaving the Margraviate  high debts, but no male descendants. Therefore his cousin Eduard Fortunat became  reigning Margrave. The grandson of Bernhard III. and son of Christoph. II was raised in London and had received his first name of Elizabeth Tudor, who was his godmother. By his lavish lifestyle the national debt continued to grow.  Eduard Fortunate seeks to counter the fact that he had two Italians, Francesco Muskatelli Paul and Pestalozzi, in the vaults of Yburg spaces made ​​available, where they should  operate  alchemy and counterfeiting In 1594 Emepror Rudolf II. wanted to take Baden-Baden under it's administration because of it's high debts, Margrave Ernst Friedrich of Baden-Durlach occupied the heartland. Eduard Fortunat responded by calling on the two Italians to poison Ernst Friedrich. The plan failed, however, and the two were quartered in Durlach. Eduard Fortunat retreated to the left-bank part of the country, where he died in 1600 in an accident. After his death Eduard Fotunate's son Wilhelm formally inherited Baden-Baden but could not reign himself as Baen-Baden was under the forced Rgency of the Durlach line. He was bought up om Cologne and Brussels under the  guardianship of Archduke Albrecht of Austria. Only in 1622 he could tkae over the reign himself after the battle of Wimpfen and with help from the Emperor and his commander Tilly. He operated a strict politic of bringing back catholicism  immediately and led the persecution of witches in the middle of the Thirty Years War to a new peak. 1631 he was aganin banished by the Swedes under Gustavus Horn and was only able to get Baden-Baden  back by the Peace of Prague in 1635, and finally in the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia to win back again. As his son the Hereditary Prince Ferdinand Maximilian had already died at a hunting accident in 1669 he was succeded by his grandson Ludwig Wilhelm. The as "Türkenlouis" (turkish Louis) known Margrave left in the beginning the reign almost all the time to his councellors as he was a almost always successful as a commander in the service of the Emperor, where he fought against the Ottomans and later against the French. He  was absent when the French army in 1688, led by General Melac crossied the Rhine and thus ushered in the Nine Years War. 1689 was Melac except gladly burn all Bach Baden towns and villages systematically. As the town of Baden on 24 August went up in flames in 1689, Ludwig Willhelm fought in the Balkans against the Turks and was on 6 September 1689 promoted to commander of the Imperial Army. To give  his successful military commander  the opportunity to build his homeland again, Emperor  Leopold I. helped him to marry Princess Sibylla Augusta of Saxe-Lauenburg who had in herited a big fortune from her father. After the withdrawal of the French Ludwig Wilhellm and Sibylla Augusta came back Baden-Baden in 1693. From his battles against the Turks, he had rich pickings (Karlsruhe Turkish Plunder) brought and the wealthy couple began to rebuild the country. Amongst others the Margrave build a new big baroque Castle in Rastatt which became the new residence. There he died in 1707  from the consequences of an injury he had sustained at the Battle of Schellenberg during the Spanish War of Succession. He was followed as new Margrave by his oldest son Ludwig Georg but as hes was not of age he was until 1727 under the Regency of his mother Sibylla Augusta who build among others the Castle Favorite near Rastatt. Because of his passion he was also called the the "hunter Louis". Ludwig Georg dies in 1761 but as left no male decendants from his 2 marraiges he was succeeded by his younger brother August Georgwho had at first become a priest but in 1735 he retired in 1735 and married married Maria Victoria Pauline of Arenberg. Since the couple's children not reached adulthood, it was clear that the death of August George would end the existence of the Margraviate of Baden-Baden. Since he became Margrave  August Georg loked for an  acceptable successor. As it was obvious that Baden-Baden would fall after his death at Baden-Durlach, he made an contract  with Margrave Karl Friedrich of Baden-Durlach which was signed in 1765 The succession agreement stipulated that the most properties of Baden-Baden should fall to Baden-Durlach. Only the Bohemian estates, which had come from Sibylla Augusta fell to their relatives. The Ortenau which Ludwig Wilhelm had received as a empire fief, fell back to the Emperor. To support the religious freedom of his Catholic subjects, August Georg weokred for the beatification of the medieval ancestor Bernhard II, with iwhich he also had success in 1769. August Georg chose the blessed Bernard the patron saint of the Margraviate of Baden-Baden and was built in his memory in Rastatt a well. In 1770, he led the country with the general school rules mandatory schooling. Margrave August Georg died on 21.10.1770.

The Margraviate of Baden-Durlach

Already since 1515 Christoph's son Ernst had reigned in the southern Upper Area of baden. After the death of his brother Philipp in 1533 and the division of the country in 2 parts he founded the Margriavte of Baden-Pforzheim (later Baden-Baden) also after him caled ernestine line.  After his death 1553 his sons Karl II. and Bernhard became Regents but as Bernahrd died soon after him Karl II. became alone the  Margrave. After the Augsburger Peace of Religion in 1557 he introduced the Reformation in his territories. In 1565 he moved the residence to Durlach. When he died in 1566 his son Karl II. was only 5 years old so Margravine Anna, née Countess of Pfalz-Vedenz and various protestant Princes lead the guardianship until 1584. Under him the country was further divided. He self got Durlach and Pforzheim, his first brother Jakob II. Hachberg and the thrid brother Georg Friedrich got Rötteln-Sausenberg. Karl II. promoted a illustrious high school in Durlach. In 1594 he used the high depts of margrave Eduard Fortunats of Baden-Baden as opportunity the Margraviate to occuipy the marviate of baden-baden military.  In 1599 he declined the concord and coverted from lutheranism to calvinism which led to riots. His son Georg Ftriedrich was since 1595 regent of the upper country and after the death of his older brother in 1604 alone Margrave of Baden-Durlach and de facto also of Baden-Baden. He was a striclty protestant believer and a founding member of the Protestant Union. In 1622 he abdicated in favor of his son Friedrich, to get involved as a commander in the Thirty Years' War where he was defeat at Wimpfen. Under Margrave Friedrich V. Baden-Durlach was occupated and looted by imperial troops.   To escape the Edict of Restitution he made in 1631 an alliace with Sweden and concqueered with their support, Baden-Baden and part of the Breisgau. After the deafeat of Nordlingen he flead tp Basel. The emperor was declared him for deposed and smashed his Margraviate. By the Peace of Westphalia the Margraviate was restored. During the reign of Margrave Friedrich VI. big parts of the country where occupoed and destroyed by french troops during the palatinate (1688-1697) and spanish (1701-1714) Wars of succession.  during it the Margrave had to flee to basel for some time. His successor Margrave Karl III. Wilhelm reigned as absolute sovreign. He reorganized the state finances and created a reliable management. In 1715 he founded the city and Castle of Karlsruhe hich became the new residence. As his son the Hereditary Prince Friedrich had already died in 1732 he was succeded in 1738 by his grandson Karl Friedrich,. Until 1746 Prince Karl August was his gouverneur. Karl Friedrich was an enlightened absolutist rulers and supporter of the Physiocrats. After the death of the Margrave August Georg of Baden-Baden in 1771 the the territories where reunited as the Margraviate of Baden.

From Margraviate to Grand Duchy

Although the country was now reunited its domains were still fragmented and widespread, on both sides of the Upper Rhine River. The vast territorial reorganization bathing was done in several steps
In 1796  Separate peace between the  Margraviate of Baden and France, when Baden lost the left of the Rhine In 1803  the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss several imperial cities, mediatized territories as well as many secular spiritual areas where included in Baden, at the Peace of Pressburg in 1805  the handing over of the front Austrian Breisgau in Baden was set, in the The Act of Confederation 1806 new areas including the majority of the Principality Furstenberg where added, between 1803-1814 Baden concluded with numerous neighbors from swap transactions that would realign the area, Because of the addition of territory the Margrave got also a rise in rang and so during the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss m
Karl Friedrich got one the four vacant title of Elector. Until the establishment of the Rhine Confederation Baden was thus briefly, the Electorate of Baden. In the Peace of Pressburg Karl Friedrich received within the empire full sovereignty to the same extent as hitherto only Prussia and Austria. By joining the Confederation of the Rhine, finally, he was raised to compensate for the Electorate to Grand Duke.
Grand Duke Karl Friedrich was married 2 times. In 1751 he married Princess Karoline Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt. After she died in 1783 he made a second morganatic marriage to Baroness Luise Karoline Geyer of Geyersberg. At the time of the marriage she got the Title Baroness of Hochberg and in 1796 was raised to Countess of Hochberg. Their children also had the title Count/Countess of Hochberg. 
He had the following children:
from his first marriage:
  • Karl Ludwig, married to Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt
    • Amalie
    • Karoline, married to King Maximilian I. of Bavaria
    • Luise, orthodox Elibetha Elexeievna, married to Emperor Alexander I. Pavlovitch of Russia
    • Friederike, married to King Gustaf IV. Adolf of Sweden
    • Marie, married to Duke Wilhelm of Brunswick
    • Karl, died as infant
    • Karl, who succeeded his Grandfather as Grand Duke
    • Wilhelmine, married to Grand Duke Ludwig II. of Hesse and by Rhine
  • Friedrich, married to Prince Luise of Nassau-Usingen
  • Ludwig, he succeeded his nephew Grand Duke Karl
  • Luise Karoline, died as infant
from the second marriage:
  • Leopold, who became Grand Duke after the death of Grand Duke Ludwig in 1830
  • Wilhelm, married to Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg.
    • Henriette
    • Sophjie, married to Fürst Woldemar zur Lippe
    • Pauline
    • Leopoldine, marrioed to Fürst Hermann zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Friedrich, died as infant
  • Amalie, married to Fürst Karl Egon II. zu Fürstenberg
  • Maximlian

When Grand Duke Karl Friedrich died in 1811 he was those succeeded by his grandson Karl who had become heir to his grandfather in 1801. Due to the strong influence of France at the court of Baden, Karl was in 1806 forced to marry Stéphanie de Beauharnais, an adopted daughter of Emperor Napoléon I. This despite his own protests and those of his mother and sisters. Karl went to war in 1807 as head of the Baden contingent under Marshal Lefebvre. There he took part in the siege of Danzig. In 1808  returned to the Baden and as the age of his grandather began to show he became coregen and after his death in 1811 Grand Duke. In Napoléon's war against Russia in 1812 there where 6.000 men from Baden, but only a few of them returned home. During the the war of liberation the Prrinces broke the  Rhine Confederation. Baden hesitated longer than Württemberg and Bavaria  with the exit from the French alliancebecause of the border situation with France seemed particularly vulnerable if the fortunes of war after Napoleon lost the Battle still could apply. In addition, the Grand Duke Karl felt hindered by family considerations, because of his marriage to Napoleon's adopted daughter Stephanie. Until mid-November 1813, the State Council decided to Baden after a dramatic meeting of the alliance now urgently needed change. It especially Sigismund of Reitzenstein, the Grand Duke Karl of them was convinced that bathing would otherwise go under Napoleon, as a French capitulation was predictable now and the time favorable to the Allies, led by Austria, Prussia and Russia as new allies was still welcomed. During the Congress of Vienna in 1814 and 1815 The sovereignty and territorial expansion of the Grand Duchy of Baden was confirmed On 26 July 1815 Baden became a member of the German Confederation, which was to replace the 1806 defunct Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation . In 1818 a new liberal consitutun was passed.
By 1817 the succession became unclear as Grand Duke Karl had only 2 sons who lived for a short time and the other male descendants of Grand Duke Karl Friedrich by his first wife were dying out. Therefore the succession law was changed to give the Hochberg descendants from Grand Duke Karl Friedrich's second marriage family full dynastic rights in Baden.  Their succession rights were reinforced when Baden was granted a constitution in 1818, and recognised by Bavaria and the Great Powers in the Treaty of Frankfurt in 1819. 
When Grand Duke karl died on 088.122.1818 he was succeeded by his uncle Ludwig. GRand Duke Karl and his wife Stephánie, née de Beauharnis had the following children
  • Luise,married from 1830-1844 to Gustraf, Prince of Vasa, former Crown Prince of Sweden
  • a son who died as infant
  • Josephine, married to Fürst Karl Anton of Hohenzollern
  • Alexander Maximilian, died as infant
  • Marie, married to William Douglas-Hamilton, 11. Duke of Hamilton and Brandon

In contrast to his debauchery in the early yearsduring his reign the court  of the new Grand Duke Ludiwg was exceptionally economical. Ludwig, who saw himself as a military increased, while the military budget on real requirements promoted, but also the development of the country. He secured the continued existence of the University of Freiburg in 1820, after which the University was called the Albert-Ludwig University. He also founded the Polytechnic Hochschule Karlsruhe in 1825. The Hochschule is the oldest technical school in Germany. As he was married   morganatic to Katharina Weerner who was created Countess of langenstein, he had  no children who where able to succeed and his death in 1830 marked the End of the male line of the Zähringen line of the House of Baden.  After Ludwig's death, there was much discussion about a mysterious seventeen year-old man named Kaspar Hauser, who had appeared seemingly out of nowhere in 1828. Seventeen years previously, the first son of the future Grand Duke Karl and his wife Stephanie died under what were later portrayed as mysterious circumstances. There was at the time and still is today speculation that Hauser, who died in 1833, was that child. 
He was succeeded by his halfbrother Leopold the oldest child from the second morganatic marriage of Grand Duke Karl Friedrich.  To further streng his succession rights soon after he was gvivenm succession rights in 1818 a marriage was arranged with his great-niece Princess Sophie of Sweden, who was a daughter of the dethroned King Gustaf IV. of Sweden and his wife Friederike, née Princess of Baden, one of the daughters of the late Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig. At the beginning of his reign  Leopold aroused high expectations of a political change among the population  as he had appointed a new Cabinet with forward-thinking members at Christmas 1831 and issued a press law that was complett new in Germany. He could not withstand the pressure to resume the law in  1832. In the following years he had to deal with the growing discontent among the population, which escalated in the 1848 Baden revolution. On 13 May 1849 the Grand Ducal family fled into exile to Koblenz. The Grand Duke requested federal assistance for the restoration of constitutional order. Predominantly Prussian troops lowered their revolution. On 18 August 1849 Grand Duke Leopold on the side of the Prussian Prince William came back to the reisdence  Karlsruhe and accepted without much opposition that Prussia, which is responsible for many of the 27 death sentences against people involved in the Baden revolution is due to take control of the country exercised. Already before the Revolution he had to fight with health Issues who increased after the reurn from exile and Leopold died in 1852. 
children of Grand Duke Leopold and Pricness Sophie of Sweden
  • Alexandrine, married to Duke Ernst II. of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • Ludwig II , succeeded his father as Grand Duke
  • Friedrich I., succeeded his brother Grand Duke Ludwig II. as Grand Duke
  • Wilhelm, married to Maria Maximilianovna de Beauharnis, Princess of Leuchtenberg,
    • Sophie, married to Duke Friedrich of Anhalt
    • Maximilian, he succeeded Grand Duke Friedrich II. as Head of the Grand Ducal House
  • Karl, he conducted a morgantic marriage to Rosalie of Beust, who was created Countess of Rhena
  • Marie, married to Fürst Ernst zu Leiningen
  • Cacilie (Olga Feodorovna), married to Grand Duke Michail Nikolajevitch of Russia
New Grand Duke became his oldest son Ludwig II. but as he suffered from mental illnes his younger brother Friedrich acted as Regent for him. In 1856 Friedrich took the title of Grand Duke short after his marriage to Princess  Luise of Prussia, the only daughter of the future German Emperor and prussian King Wilhelm I. He I was considered very liberal and was a champion of constitutional monarchy. Under his reign  many important and pioneering reforms were carried out, among others, the Civil Marriage was introduced. Under his rule, the aspiring Mannheim became a center of the local industry, he's waterways and the railways had converted to the requirements of industrialization accordingly. The educated and sophisticated than current ruler has laid the foundation for economic prosperity in southwest Germany. Frierich I.  was also an early supporter of the arts. The establishment of the Grand Ducal Baden Art School (now the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe) in 1854, is due to his initiative. The time was right he promoted artists such as Rudolf Epp. Friedrich also acquired in 1853 the island of Mainau, which was later inherited by his daughter Victoria, married to King Gustaf V. of Sweden. Her grandson Count Lennart took over the adiminstration of the island in 1932.  With the numerous exotic plants brought back from his travels, he laid the foundation for the still existing park. In 1860 the teaching of religion ws placed under the custody of the Church, but the public school system under state custody. During his reign the country  joined the North German Confederation, and later the German Empire, as the Regent was representative of constitutional monarchy and the German unification under Prussian leadership. Friedrich I. was also present on the 18th January 1871 when his father-in-law was proclaimed German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.  Until old age he remained he was an oüpend-minded ruler for  the arts, science and philosophical. In 1898 he received Theodor Herzl on Mainau, which campaigned with him in view of a forthcoming trip to Palestine of the Emperor for the establishment of a Jewish state there. Due to his merits, he was asked by faculty of the Technical University of Karlsruhe, to impart his name. He devoted 12 April 1902, the university named "Fridericiana". After more then 50 years of reign Grand Duke Friedrich I. died on 28.09.1907 on his island Mainau. The new Grand Duke Friedrich II. continued manily the libveral poilit of his father. His reign covered the creation of the Graduate School of Mannheim, from the University of Mannheim is created (1908) and the extension of the gallery wing of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (1909), which had already been planned by his father and was dedicated to the work of Hans Thoma. After there was shooting before the Castlein Karlsruhe in Novembver1918 the Grand Duke first moved to Zwingenberg Castle. He abdicated on 22.11.1918 at Langenstein Castle. After the End of the Monarchy the new founded Republic Baden left the Grand Ducal House in a  sttled agreement the Castles in Baden-Baden and Salem with the included art treasures.During the following years he stayed most of the time at Langestein Castle, as guest of Count Robert Douglas. In 1920 he and his wife Hilda moved to Freiburg. In the following years he became almost blind. Grand Duke Friedrich II. died on 09.08.1928 at Badenweiler. As his marriage to Princess Hildy of Nassau had remained childless the Headship of the Grand Ducal House passed now to his cousin Max. 
In 1911 Max stepped down as Major General  and retired from active military service. In 1914, he was reactivated and was for a short time his service on the General Staff of the Fourteenth Army Corps, but in October he returned to Baden and devoted himself as Honorary President of the Baden Red Cross throughout the war, caring for POWs of all nationalities. In 1916 he was honorary president of the German-American War Prisoners Aid of the World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Association (CVJM). Prince Max was considered a liberal aristocrat, and was becoming a focal point of the moderate political camp, which stood in opposition to the ultra-right wing, represented by the Supreme Command. In view of the German collapse in the last days of the war, the cabinet of Chancellor Georg von Hertling resigned on 30 September 1918. Noted as a liberal, the Prince was appointed Chancellor of Germany and Minister President of Prussia by Emperor Wilhelm II on 3 October 1918 in order to negotiate an armistice with the Allies, hopefully accepted by US President Woodrow Wilson. Although Max had serious reservations about the way the OHL wanted to conduct negotiations, he accepted the charge, and appointed a government that for the first time included representatives of the Social Democrats as state secretaries. Even Ludendorff now advocated a parliamentary system which would confine the Kaiser to mainly ceremonial duties. The next day Maximilain officially submitted an armistice proposal with the consent of the OHL, nevertheless President Wilson reacted with reserve. To improve Germany's standing with the Allies, the new chancellor pushed through amendments to the Imperial constitution that gradually replaced the authoritarian system left by Otto von Bismarck. However, the government's efforts to secure an armistice were interrupted by the Kiel mutiny and the outbreak of revolution in Germany in early November. Maximilian, seriously ill with Spanish influenza, urged Wilhelm II to abdicate. The Kaiser, who had fled from revolutionary Berlin to the Spa headquarters, despite similar advice by Hindenburg and Wilhelm Groener of the OHL considered abdication only as Emperor, not as King of Prussia. On 9 November 1918, Maximilian went ahead and announced the abdication anyway, as well as the renunciation of Crown Prince Wilhelm. On the same day, Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed Germany a republic, whereafter Maximilian himself resigned as chancellor in favor of the Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert. Afterwards Prince Max spend the rest of his life in retirement.   He rejected a mandate to the 1919 Weimar National Assembly, offered to him by the German Democratic politician Max Weber. Together with Kurt Hahn, he established the boarding schoolat Salem Castle  in 1920. After the death of Grand Duke Friedrich II. he became Head of the Grand Ducal Family but he died already in the following year. Prince Max was married to Princess Marie Louise of Hannover and they had 2 children, a daughter Princess Marie Alexandra who married into the Elecotral House of hesse and Berthold who now became head of the House. As new Head of the Grand Ducal Family he assumed the title of Margrave. In 1931 he married Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. Together they  had 3 children.

HRH Margrave Max and HI & RH
Margravine Valerie

Since his death in 1963 their son Max is the Head of the Grand Ducal House, Margrave Max is married to Archduchess Valerie of Austria, Princess of Tuscany, a great.granddaughter of Emperor Franz Josef I. of Austria.
They have 4 children

  • Marie Louise, married to the american Richard Baker
  • Bernhard, who has taken over the adminstration of the Family posessions
  • Leopold
  • Michael

TRH Hereditary Prince Bernhard and
Hereditary Princess Stephanie

When in the 1990's the finances of the Family came in trouble Hereditary PrinceBernhard ended his studies in business and law in Hamburg and took care of the restoration of the family assets.  In 1995 the inventar of the new Castle Baden-Baden was auctioned and the Castle was sold in 2003 to a private Investor. In 2009 the biggest part of Salem Castle was sold to the country Baden-Württemberg. The Family still owns a part in the so called Prälatur of it. They also still own Stauffenberg Castle in the Ortenau. Hereditary Prince Bernhard  married in 2001 Stephanie Kaul and the have 3 sons the Princes Leopold, Friedrich and Kar-Wilhelm

There is also the brother of the Margrave, Prince Ludwig. He owns Zwingenberg Castle Prince Ludwig is married to Princess Maria Anna (Marianne) of Auersperg-Breunner and they have 3 children. Prince Berthold and the daughers Sophie and Aglaë.

TGDH Prince Michael and Prince Leopold

TGDH Prince Ludwig and
Princess Marianne