THREE CHARLATANS ON THE SEARCH FOR GOLD
Around 1600, Duke Friedrich I von Württemberg was a supporter of alchemy, the precursor to modern science. One of an alchemist's goals was to transform non-precious metals into gold and silver, something which has still not been achieved today. Duke Friedrich I purchased an aristocrat's estate at the edge of Kirchheim unter Teck and had a laboratory installed there. In the hopes of revealing the secret of gold production, he engaged three alchemists in a row who promised much and delivered nothing.