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    BAD ROTENFELS: Remains of the Palace Park

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    Magrave Wilhelm's palace was surrounded by a landscape park with several small buildings. The park at the foot of the hills soon passes into the forest, once the Margrave's hunting ground.

    The "Margrave Wilhelm Trails" lead through the grounds, park and forest. Signboards explain what is, or was, in different places. Some park buildings are entirely gone, like the Chinese House. Others are partly preserved, apart from the palace complex little is still intact. The most interesting part is where the little stream named Girrbach exits the forest. The fish pond is still visible here, and the hunting tower (a 1990s reconstruction after the original one burned down) from where the noble owners hunted waterfowl. Next to it the substructions of the Roman House are still there. They can be climbed, there is a viewing platform on top. The pavilion that used to be on top is gone.

    A footpath along the edge of the foresst, nice and shady in summer, leads past the new sports grounds to the Kurpark and the thermal spa.

    Fish pond and hunting tower in the forest Hunting tower Plan of the Brunnenstube Roman House, preserved substructions
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    BAD ROTENFELS: Rotenfels Palace

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    The grounds hosted some industrial enterprises in the 18th and early 19th century but none of these was successful. Margrave Wilhelm, son of Grandduke Karl Friedrich, turned it into an agricultural estate and had the palace built. State architect Friedrich Weinbrenner provided the design for the palace which was built in 1818 - 1827. The economy wings were added in the 1840s.

    Margrave Wilhelm had big economical plans, too. In 1839 they started searching for coal in the ground. However, if you start searching you never know what you'll find. Instead of coal the miners discovered thermal springs. This was the beginning of the spa.

    Nowadays the buildings serve as summer academy of fine arts. A new guest house for the participants has been built at a modest distance so it does not interfere with the historical ensemble. The grounds are full of sculptures that have been created in the workshops of the academy.

    The grounds can be walked freely. The interior of the palace cannot be visited but there is no need to do so anyway, as it contains modern offices and the dining room and kitchen of the academy.

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