Station:  Haltenbergstetten Palace, Interior Views
M: Come on inside! We have a small guided tour of the palace in pictures for you. As the palace is privately owned, visits need to be arranged in advance.
F: Reds, reds, and more shades of red – this is not surprisingly the Red Salon. Family portraits adorn the walls. The picture on the right shows a proud horseman on a white steed. This is Ludwig Aloysius, Prince of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Bartenstein, who lived from 1765 to 1829. He was a colonel in the French émigré army, which is regarded as a historical precursor of the French Foreign Legion.
M: In the Blue Salon, there’s a beautiful grand piano from the mid-19th century.
On the opposite wall hangs a portrait of King Friedrich the First, Elector of Württemberg, who lived from 1754 to 1816. He weighed 200 kilograms (or 440 pounds) and was 211 centimetres or almost seven feet tall. In other words, a real heavyweight – and not just politically. Hence his nickname, "Dicker Fritz" – Big Fritz. Hohenlohe came under the Elector’s rule in 1803, when he was 49 years old. He was only crowned king three years later, in 1806.
F: The (wood) panelled Holzzimmer used to host large family gatherings and Christmas partie.
M: From the High Middle Ages onwards, hunting was a privilege reserved for the nobility. So naturally, Haltenbergstetten Palace has a hunting room. It includes a display of hunting trophies and stuffed wild animals.
F: Incidentally, there’s also a Museum of Hunting at the palace. Visits can be arranged on request.
M: Time to move on from the princely family of Hohenlohe-Jagstberg. Your next stop is at the Baroque church, to the left of the gateway.
Fotos: © Trüpschuch