27 October 2013

St Emmeram Castle Regensburg

Recently i spend a few days in Regensburg where i of course visited St. Emmeram Castle the Residence of the Princely Family of Thurn and Taxis. It goes back on the Monastery St. Emmeram which was founded in the year 739. After the Säkularisation in 1803  the monastery went into the ownership of the City of Regensburg. In 1810 the Castle was bought by the Princely Family of Thurn and Taxis who made it their Main Residence. In the 19th Century it was rebuild in an Princely Castle. In the End of the 19th Century the South Wing was build. All in all Castle has 500 rooms and 14 staircases and belong to on the biggest Castles in Europe where still People life.
Of course it can also be visited and Tour one sees among others the Wintergarden, the big Ballroom, the Silver Salon, the yellow Salon, the green Salon who was used as bedroom by Fürstin Therese and the private Castle Chapel where also the Princesses Maria Theresia and Elisabeth, the sisters of the present Fürst Albert where baptized. If one makes the big Tour it cointunues then in the cloister. In the middle of this cloister is the Crypt Chapel of the Princely Family which was build from 1835-1841. There is a small Chapel above and there through an iron Gate in the floor one can look in the Crypt where in 1990 the late Fürst Johannes was buried.
Opposide the Castle there are the former royal stables which  house now the Treasur. There are a among other artworks on Display  but also the coaches of the Family and Paintings and furniture and also the bridal gown of Fürstin Gloria.

The Soup Kitchen who was introduced by Fürst Albert I.

In the Inner Court of the Castle

A crown on top of one of the Castle Towers

A view from the Park

19 October 2013

Christening in the House of Fürstenberg

In September the Prince Alexander, the second son of Prince Antonius and his wife Matilda, née Contesa Borromeo was christened at at the Chruch Maria Hof at Donauschingen-Neudingen He had been born on 23.11.2012 in Turin. During the christening which was officiated by Pastor Höhnerfeld the little Prince received the Name Alexander Maria Carlo Egon. His godparents are Principessa Scilla Ruffo di Calabria a cousin of Antonius and Princess Matildas brother Conte Carlo Borromeo.

05 October 2013

New Exhibition: Im Glanz der Zaren

Yesterday a big new Exhibition Im Glanz der Zaren (In the Splendour of the Tsars) opened at the württemberginanladesmuseum in the Old Castle at Stuttgart. Because this years isthe 400th anniversary that the Romanovs came on the russian Throne it looks on the dynastic connections between the Houses Romano and Württemberg. 
In ths center of it are the 5 woman
  • Princess SophieDorothea of Württemberg who married Emperor Pail I.Petrovitch of Russia and became Empress Maria Feodorvna of Russia
  • Grand Duchess Katharina Pavlovna of Russia who married KingWilhelm I. of Württemberg and became Queen of Württemberg
  • Princess Charlotte of Württemberg who married Grand Duke Michail Pavlovitch of Russia and became Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia
  • Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna of Russia who married King Karl of Württemberg and became Queen of Württemberg
  • Grand Duchess Vera Constantinovna ofRussia who married Duke Eugen of Württemberg and became Duchess of Württemberg
Amomg the displayed peaces areamong other a Dejeuner of Queen Katharina of Württemberg, the coronation gown of Wmpress Maria feodorvna who was lonaed from the Keml in Koskau and peaces from the Treasur of Queens Katharina and Olga of Württemberg

The exhition will remain open until 23.03.2014

Official Website

Video by the SWR