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Episcopalian Baroque residence at Lake Constance

Meersburg New Palace

Seefassade und Schlossgarten des Neuen Schlosses Meersburg, Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
The New Palace revived

Renovation and

refurbishment

Meersburg New Palace was reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg restored the former residence as the jewel of the Lake Constance region, now with event rooms and a museum.

Pediment crest of Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Achim Mende

Newly renovated: the pediment crest.

Saving the building's core

In August 2010, the New Palace was shrouded in tarps: Construction had begun. The 18th-century roof truss, which was altered several times and had been damaged by water, was in very bad condition. The Appiani fresco in the ceremonial hall also had to be saved. The facade facing the lake was improved with extensive masonry and stucco repairs, and the central pediment crest was restored. Finally, the windows were repaired and the stucco and masonry were repainted.

Musicians at a concert in the ceremonial hall, Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

A royal setting for concerts.

Reviving a Baroque treasure

After reopening, the palace presented itself in a new light: as a welcoming space, a conference venue, and an event site. This required accessibility improvements to the building and lake terrace, updates to the conference and kitchen areas as well as the bathroom facilities. The palace shop and a small café are now located on the ground floor. The installation of new technology in a historical building framework proved especially challenging. However, a museum, installed in the bel étage, is a highlight and offers spectacular exhibits.

Corbel with Chinese figure, detail from the porcelain cabinet, Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Precious collector's pieces on display in the porcelain cabinet.

A glimpse of Baroque life

The exhibition in the bel étage presents multifaceted information about the palace and the lives of its inhabitants. Topics include the Baroque hunt, music, wine and viticulture, as well as relations between town and the court. A special showpiece is the bishops’ natural history cabinet, which houses an amazing collection of historic shells, snails and fossils. The porcelain cabinet is outstanding. The Baroque sovereign used this cabinet to display valuable porcelain and ivory pieces.

Case with 18th-century goblet, Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Exhibit pieces from the 18th century.

Original pieces returned

The furnishings include many pieces original to the palace, and which were believed to be lost, such as ceremonial wine vessels, figures of Chinese gods and a flintlock pistol from 1730. More than 100 18th-century pieces once again reflect the wealth of the former collection at Meersburg Palace. Paintings by Andreas Brugger, which once hung above the apartment doors, now hang in the bel étage again.

Gemälde „Empfang der Soldaten“ von Andreas Brugger, heute in der Beletage des Neuen Schlosses Meersburg, Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Andrea Rachele

Andreas Brugger's painting “Receiving the soldiers” on display again in the bel étage.

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