Höchstädt Palace

Höchstädt, Germany

Höchstädt Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of the former principality of Pfalz-Neuburg. It was built when Count Palatine Philipp Ludwig von Neuburg married the duke's daughter Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg in 1574. In the marriage contract the count undertook to have an appropriate widow's seat built for his wife.

In 1589-1603 masons from Grisons under the supervision of Gilg Vältin erected a symmetrical new building in the late Renaissance style from plans by the Burglengenfeld architect Lienhart Grieneisen. The Gothic tower of the preceding castle was incorporated in this building as the bell tower.

Duchess Anna lived from 1615-1632 as a widow in Höchstädt. Whereas her son Wolfgang Wilhelm Pfalz-Neuburg reconverted to Catholicism for political reasons, she kept her Protestant faith. This is reflected by the paintings on the vault of the palace chapel, some of the finest evidence of southern German Protestantism before the Counter Reformation.

Subsequently the palace was used for lesser purposes. It is for this reason, however, that it has retained much of its original character as a late Renaissance princely seat. In the last few years it has been comprehensively restored and is also used by the District of Swabia (Bezirk Schwaben) for special exhibitions. A room on the 2nd floor provides information about the building history and uses of Höchstädt Palace, illustrated with historic exhibits.



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Founded: 1589-1603
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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Gigi (10 months ago)
Hochstadt an der Donau! Really beautiful town with an amazing Castle. I advice to visit.
Dorothee Hildebrandt (10 months ago)
I only had a piece of layer cake and an iced coffee, but I was treated very well. It seemed to me, that there were a private party, but was told, there is still space for other customers. Though I stayed. The layer cake was good, so was the iced coffee. I can recommend this place.
Timothy Hilgenberg (12 months ago)
A great place to visit for history buffs. They have a great presentation of the battle of Blenheim, and there are other exhibitors too. The palace has been nicely restored. When we visited we were the only ones there.
Dagmar Law (3 years ago)
This chateau became the centre attention in 2004 because it was 300 years ago that it saw one of the bloodiest battle ever recorded. Because the French "Hegemonie strive" under king Ludwig XIV found an end, England rose to a world nation and the Bavarian elector Max Emanuel went into exile. The Duke of Malrlborough marched from Holland to Höchstädt in May and June. This march is recorded as the most famous military operation of the 18th century. Today we see an exhibition of this on the top floor of the chateau. On the middle floor you mainly find porcelain. If you are into history this place is well worth a visit. And the entrance fee of €2.50 won't brake the bank.
Curtis Nieboer (3 years ago)
Be advised--the museum is closed October through March. The Schloßcafe is open, but the museums are not.
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