A fortress and widow's residence

Kirchheim Palace

Red salon at Kirchheim Palace, furnishings from Duchess Henriette's period, museum arrangement. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Yerlikaya
IDYLLIC VIEW OF THE GARDENS

THE GARDEN ROOM

As was the case when the dowager duchesses lived here, the windows in the second garden room look out over a terraced garden. Using watercolor paintings from the 19th century, it was possible to reconstruct the original layout.

Upholstered furniture in the garden room at Kirchheim Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Yerlikaya

Comfortable upholstered furniture exudes coziness.

TWO GARDEN ROOMS FOR FRANZISKA

Franziska von Hohenheim had her living areas expanded along the roof of the casemates. This expansion constituted a wooden addition with two successive garden rooms. From here, she had a beautiful view of the newly landscaped terrace gardens and could also step out by herself or with her attendants for a leisurely stroll to the stable bastion.

Portrait of Duchess Henriette, 1830. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Robert Bothner

Duchess Henriette lived at Kirchheim as a widow for 40 years.

RECOLLECTIONS OF A LADY-IN-WAITING

Henriette von Württemberg also enjoyed the comfort of the garden rooms and decided to modify the wooden rooms in 1825. The addition was bricked with stone so that the rooms could also be used comfortably in the winter. Lady-in-waiting Eveline von Massenbach fondly remembers the "dear old Kirchheim Palace with rooms full of keepsakes from every period."

Summer salon, watercolor by Pieter Francis Peters, 1857. Image: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

The garden room with Henriette's furnishings, 1857.

THE GARDEN ROOM TODAY

After the death of its previous inhabitant, Henriette von Württemberg, the heirs sold off some of the furniture. Some pieces remained in the palace or were preserved by the Kirchheim Stadtmuseum however. Today, eight of the rooms are decorated as a royal residence. The 19th-century watercolor paintings were particularly useful in this effort. Reproductions of these are on display in the palace rooms.

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