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    HEIDIECKSBURG PALACE ~ VIEW'S ~ 10

    by balhannah Updated Dec 22, 2011

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    We have just come out of the Palace, but before heading to our Car, I walked over to the edge of the Garden.
    From here, there are excellent views over Rudolstadt and I could also see there was a lower garden.

    If it was a fine day, I would have wandered down!

    So remember to have a look at the view, before going home!

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - ROCOCO IN MINIATURE ~ 9

    by balhannah Updated Dec 22, 2011

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    THIS EXHIBITION WAS ONE OF THOSE "WOW" MOMENT'S!

    The exhibition is located in the vaults of the former court kitchen. The display, is all behind glass, so a little hard for taking photo's, but I can understand why they need protection.

    Each display has been patiently made in miniature to a scale of 1:50.
    The creators, Gerhard Baetz and Manfred Kiedorf, began more than 50 years ago. They are perfectionist's, and it show's. They have made 10 palaces, about 1000 figures and 1000 items of furniture have been built in meticulous detail.

    The Kingdom's I was looking at, were all ficticious. In miniature, you will see Eulenlust Palace, Perenz Palace, The Crown Prince's Palace Musenhofen, The Hunting Lodge Dyona, The Court Kitchen of the Kingdom of Dyonien, The Cloister of St. Schlaeuch and much, much more!

    The idea came about when role-playing a game, which the artists invented in their youth and have developed to perfection up to the present day.
    So the fictitious planet of Centus is adorned with rulers’ residences, summer palaces, pavilions, a mausoleum and other authentic buildings which house hundreds of invented figures.
    Every item has a function and a history, and even the smallest drawer in the elaborately decorated little cabinets can be opened and its contents admired.
    Every invented person has a name, title, family tree and detailed character.
    Every part of the display is workable, and correctly made.
    There is courtly cermonies, horse and carriages, King's and Queen's, Muscian's, just too much to tell you about.

    You must remember to have a look at the character's face's, the expression's on them, all have been done to detail, it really was one of the best exhibition's I have ever been to.

    I bought the DVD, and this shows the creator's making these minute pieces for display.

    A MUST SEE

    Entry to this exhibition is separate and the Admission in 2011 was....3 euro's.

    "There is no comparable model of this size and of this opulence and detail in the German-speaking world."

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE ~ 8

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    We continue our guided tour through the lady’s writing room and into the golden salon dating back to 1892. Decorated with golden wallpapers, it has plenty of Rococo Art.
    A small door leads to the Delmenhorst chamber, presumably the parlour of the family of the count of Barby, who stayed at Heidecksburg palace during the time of their exile.
    In 1636, a magnificent stucco ceiling that depicts mythological hunting scenes in the style of Mannerism was installed in this room.
    The Classical cupid room and the Oldenburg gallery with its famous paintings depicting the lion’s fight of Oldenburg in 1963 finally lead to the hall of mirrors. It was built in 1700 and is the only room of the south wing that could be preserved in its original state.

    That concluded our tour, and we were free to go and see the Rococo in Miniature exhibition.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE LIVING ROOM'S ~ 7

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    So, now with our guide, we are entering the living room's.
    These room's had been refurnished many times between 1753 until 1918.
    The baroque gallery, decorated with portraits of the counts of Schwarzburg, is the access to ten rooms, that took us through completely different period's.

    Starting with a room of the 16th century with a heavy wood-beamed ceiling, we were then taken to room's styled in early Baroque, Classicism, Biedermeier up to Neo-rococo of the late 19th century. The rooms were lived in until 1918.

    One of the room's is full of huge Tapestries, this was the couples bedroom or sleeping room.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE WHITE ROOM ~ 6

    by balhannah Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    Still another room to see, and this one is the White Room. This was a waiting room for visitors who requested an audience. The room led to the Red Hall. In around 1795 Prince Ludwig Friedrich II modernised the room to the classical style of the time.

    The White room reminded me of English "Wedgewood!"

    This was the last of the Banquet Room's to see.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE MARBLE GALLERY ~ 5

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    We pass out of the Green hall and into the long Marble Gallery.

    The marble gallery is the main entry to the ballroom and therefore had to have an imposing appearance. The Marble, laid in 1747, is a greyish blue veined marble from a stone pit near Schwarzburg. The Wall is lined with a gallery full of huge painting's.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE GREEN HALL ~ 4

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    The next room our guide takes us to, is the Green Hall. Yes, you guessed, it is painted Green!

    It was only after 1750, that the room's for Princess Bernhardine Christine Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt were built.
    In here, are two life-sized paintings of Prince Johann Friedrich and his wife on the narrow walls as well as over the Doors. Poor Princess Sophie, never came to use the room, as she died in 1757, before it was completed. Afterwards, they were redesigned as music and parlours.

    The Waiting room before entry to the Green Hall shows the late phase of the Rococo. Dark green linen tapestries dominate the room.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE BALLROOM ~ 3

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    It was wow! When I entered the next room, as this was the most beautiful Ballroom!
    This room was finished around 1750.

    This room was built in such a way, that the acoustic's were excellent. We were seated in the room, and our guide put on some music for us to listen to.

    How lovely it was! I could imagine the Ladies in their Ball-gown's and the men in their wig's, dancing away in here, it was special!

    Lots of colour is used, but more subtle than the red room. Plenty of gold, painting's, stucco decoration, and the most beautiful giantic fresco on the ceiling depicting an assembly of the council of the Olympian gods. The guide showed us the hidden doors leading to the Red and the Green room. A balcony was reserved for the court orchestra.

    This room’s splendid interior architecture, makes it one of the most important in Germany.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE - THE RED HALL ~ 2

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    It is 10.30am, and we meet our guide and begin the tour of the Palace.

    We are taken to the Banquet Room's and the Red room, designed for state business.
    Being named the "Red Room," meant is was painted in RED!
    In this room, there is stucco marble, a stove, and many decorative painting's.
    In 1744, Prince Johann Friedrich of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt assigned the painter Lorenz Deisinger to paint a ceiling fresco with allegories of the virtues. It was not until ten years later that Karl Adolf Kaendler added the mirror frames and the console tables.
    Add to the room, lovely chandelier's and other ornate furniture, made this a nice room.

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    INSIDE THE PALACE ENTRY HALL ~ 1

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    We parked our car, and then walked across the lawn's to the main entrance of the Palace.
    It was just on opening time at 10am! On walking to the right, and to the Gift Shop, I was able to buy my ticket's.
    This Palace can only be seen on a Tour, and there is Rococo in Miniature too, so I bought a combined ticket to see both. We could visit the Rococo on our own after our Palace tour that began at 10.30am.

    THE TOURS TAKE PLACE......
    Every hour from 10.30am

    The lady was very helpful and friendly and we had quite a talk, as there wasn't many people here early. This changed just before the Tour, when a bus-load of people arrived but it still wasn't crowded, as they were on their own tour.

    I browsed the gift shop and found it quite good, bought a DVD of the Rococo in miniature.

    Next, we wandered around the Entrance Hall, as here on display were the carousel and race sleighs.
    The Thuringian State Museum own's five rare sleighs from the mid 18th century.

    The description of the sleigh display was......
    PRINCELY PLEASURE AND CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

    I wondered what on earth it meant, then read all about it................

    "The “carousel” a princely pleasure, was a game in which a lady of the court carrying a lance tried to hit a ring or a wreath dangling on a rope between two sticks. The lady was sitting in the back of the sleigh, while the cavalier behind was guiding the horse at the direction of the goal."

    "The children’s sleigh was made for Prince Ludwig Friedrich II of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1767-1793-1807). He was given the sleigh on Christmas 1770 and used it for rides with his dog “Gil Blas”.

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    HEIDECKSBURG PALACE

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    It was a wet day, so what to do.......
    Go and see the Heidecksburg Palace!

    I will tell you main point's of information, before we head inside the Palace on an organized Tour.

    Heidecksburg Palace in Rudolstadt, is one of the most magnificent Baroque palaces in the state of Thuringia. Set on a crag overlooking the former royal seat, the palace can be seen from far and wide as a Town landmark.
    I could see it easily when walking the old Town.

    There was a 13th-century fortified castle here, but all that remains are the vaults and remains of walls in the cellar. A fire that destroyed parts of the three-wing Renaissance palace complex in 1735.
    The reigning Prince Friedrich Anton von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1692–1744) had a new Palace built in Late Baroque style, also found in Dresden and typical of Saxony in this period.

    We drove by car up the Mountain to the Castle, where a FREE car park was located.
    Toilet's are located outside the Castle.

    THE PALACE IS OPEN.....
    April to October...Tuesday to Sunday..10.00 - 6PM
    November to March...Tuesday to Sunday...10 - 5PM

    ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults....6 euros
    All-in-one ticket with guided tour through the banquet rooms and the living rooms (about 45 minutes in duration)

    A PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF ROCOCO EN MINIATURE

    ADMISSION IN 2011..
    Adults 3 euro's

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    TOWN HALL'S

    by balhannah Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    How many town's do you know that had three Town Hall's, not many, I bet!
    Rudolstadt did have three, but now has two, with only one being used as a Town Hall.

    The first Rudolstadt town hall was built in 1500 as a timber-framed house, burnt to the ground in 1524.
    In the same year, work began on a new Town Hall in the same street. It was a simple building without a tower, until 1603, when a Tower was added.
    On the right corner facade of the Old Town Hall is the old measure of Rudolstadt, used to measure cloth and other goods sold in Rudolstadt. Just around the corner on the right side front of the Old Town Hall, you can see the remains of an old iron neck, where citizens were formerly offenders pilloried.

    It was 1908, the Town Hall that I was viewing today, is used as the "New City Hall."
    The tower extension with its ornate bay window in the Renaissance style was added around 1908.

    Check with the information centre for the location of the "Old town hall."

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    STELE'S AROUND RUDOLSTADT

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    Scattered around Rudolstadt, I found a few Stele's with historical a historical face adorning it.
    They are of people who have worked in Thuringia, particularly in Rudolstadt.

    The most famous is the head of Friedrich Schiller, located on Bridge street.
    Standing directly beside Friedrich Schiller, is the stele of Charlotte von Lengefeld, who lived beside the great German poet Friedrich von Schiller as his wife.

    The one in my photo is of Georg Heinrich Macheleid [1723 to 1801] who is considered the inventor of the Rudolstadt and the Thuringian porcelain.
    He gave up his royal priesthood in the former principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt for Porcelain!
    In 1760, he opened the first porcelain factory in the village office.

    If you want to see all the Stele's, then there are 12 for you to find!

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    MARKET PLACE @ RUDOLSTADT

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    The market place is where I saw some of the oldest buildings in Rudolstadt.

    On the corner of Hall Street, is probably the oldest house in Rudolstadt, which is a Print shop now. Built before 1500, the house still has a Renaissance portal, where the booths have been restored according to historical patterns.
    Also located on the south side of the market place, is a building that was built as a guest house in 1542. On the roof is a double Eagle, which is as a symbol of the Imperial Prince, who received the Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.. The building was rebuilt and restored several times, but still has an interesting historical facade.
    This hotel and restaurant is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethes once stayed.

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    MARKET SQUARE FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Dec 21, 2011

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    Directly infront of the Town hall, is a nice Fountain.

    It was built in 1859 to celebrate a 100 years of Friedrich von Schiller's birth, the German dramatist, poet, and historian (1759-1805) who was one of the greatest of German literary figures. He was a founder of modern German literature.
    It is an octagonal fountain, with head's spouting water.

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