16 February 2015

Princess Traute zur Lippe celebrates 90th birthday

I have already some routine in these matters, says Dr. Traute Princess zur Lippe with a smile. She is therefore not particularly nervous. In fact, her 90th birthday today joins that of her husband's only a few months ago.
Large celebrations they know how to celebrate in the castle, and it was said at the end of last week again: change chairs and tables. On Saturday, has already been welcomed Princess Traute zur Lippe  the immediate family for coffee and cake: the son, her
 daughter-in-law, grandchildren and the  younger brother. Today she expects about 60 guests for a Buffett in the castle. "Dinner for 60" so to speak
It come friends from literary circle, by Kunstverein, the Pauline Foundation and friends. "I'm really a bit brave," said the Princess and laughs. The short list shows that the interests of today's 90-year-olds are wide-ranging - and tells them to have just received an email in terms of "flowering landscapes". She is the patron of the initiative, which is committed to more green along the way. Bright eyed and rich gestures raves doctorate in biology from the colorful roundabouts and roadsides. "For such initiatives, I like to give my face. But more important than flowers is social commitment, "she clarifies that the use of the princess-Pauline-Stifung is a matter of the heart. It was necessary to adapt social work modern times, it demands - knowing that the world during her childhood looked different than it is today and will be different in the future, she gives as an example the "excessive individualism" nowadays. But they do not at odds with these changes, but looking ahead. She's a political person, well informed, interested in urban development as well as in the events in Ukraine.
So Traute is rooted in the tradition of Lippe, the presence of very open-minded, modern and young at heart 90 year old. A "patente grandmother," as she says - a grandmother who organized for the grandchildren ghosts parties on the lock-loft, a respected and popular high representative of the Princely house, one on music, art,
theater and literature highly responsive woman, a curious person who wants to know what "crowded, small slug" in the in the castle hides from which they live in the castle does not yet know all even after 45 years. She tells her eyes flashing from old watches, her flower garden, Scotch Terrier Harry and the fact that the many stairs she and her husband Dr. Armin Prinz zur Lippe think fit.
Incidentally, it is not only the organizational routine, who Traute zur Lippe lets looks relaxed look to the present day. There is also a half a century old anecdote that marked a positive serene setting for life: "On my 40th birthday I had time to go is difficult - since I have seen against. My husband knew and brought me why that day a huge Wortmann-cake with a big 30 on it with. I had to laugh so, and since then I do not care if I'm 70, 80 or 90. "

08 February 2015

Scharnhausen Castle

In 1784 Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg and his second wife Franziska of Hohenheim build a ittle Castle in Scharnhausen.  It was build in a small English Garden. In hilly, partly wooded grounds puppettribunals a landscape with winding paths and romantic waterways. Since it was out of the temple, a "beef cottage", a grotto, a "moss cottage" and a fountain whose water flowed from an old oak tree. The Höfel stream fed two picturesque ponds with walk island. Even an artificial ruin the Duke had built, inside which a billiard hall was decorated. Inspired were castle and landscape garden from the Wörlitzer Park near Dessau.
Two of these buildings have been preserved: one is the so-called Amor Temple, Carl Eugen was supposedly built for his mistress Franziska von Hohenheim. It is a small white round
temple (monopteros) resting on 12 plain columns; a pine cone as an ancient fertility symbol adorns the Roof. The location of the small temple was initially located further down on the other side of the small castle in the area of today's stables. 1822 it was canceled in view of the expanding stud operation there and rebuilt at its present Location by King Wilhelm I.  In accordance with its twelve Ionic columns of Amortempel was umpflanzt with twelve chestnut trees.
The Castle still belongs to the House of Württemberg and is rented out today.