Weikersheim Castle is part of the thematic year ‘Love, Desire, Passion. Life in Castles and Gardens’. The following information is from a press release issued by the state palaces and parks in Baden-Württemberg:
Love, lust and passion – they took up the scepter in Weikersheim Palace and the Palace Gardens. Two ruling couples from the House of Hohenlohe lived their love of building, hunting, experimenting and their love of gathering and gardening here. Therefore, the state palaces and gardens of Baden-Württemberg include Weikersheim in the theme for this year in a program full of passion.
Married couple and residence
During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, rulers held a genuine desire to build. Weikersheim Castle, located in the middle of the rural tranquility of the Tauber Valley, has benefited from this as well. Within about a hundred years, Count Wolfgang II and his wife Magdalena Sibylla, as well as their great-grandson Carl Ludwig and his wife Elisabeth Friedrich Sophie, created here, thanks to his almost unchanged condition, testify to their preferences and passions to this day. So the Weikersheim castle and castle gardens are appropriate for the year dedicated to this year’s castles and gardens of the state of Baden-Württemberg, with the motto “Love, Desire, Passion. Life in Castles and Gardens”.
When Count Wolfgang II received Wickersheim as his new residence in 1587, he found an empty castle from the moat. After 42 years of rule, he left behind a splendid Renaissance château with a large inner courtyard and distinctive stepped gables on the garden front. The most impressive is the Knights Hall. In its design, it praises the good Puritan ruler and at the same time celebrates the nobles’ passion for hunting. The desire to build is also boldly expressed here, because the ceiling has no trusses and is suspended only from the ceiling structure.
love of science
The Count was passionate about the natural sciences. This is evidenced in the Alchemy Gallery and in the Garden of Alchemy and Mysterious Witches, which is now located on the site of the former Count’s laboratory. His highly educated wife, Magdalena Sibylla, who came from the influential house of Nassau-Katzenellbogen and had 14 children, was in no way inferior to Wolfgang II. She set up a pharmacy and planted a garden with medicinal herbs. She also wrote prescriptions, notes and investigations in over 600 pages.
About a hundred years later, Elizabeth Friedrich Sophie, wife of Count Karl Ludwig, princess of Ottingen and cousin of the German Empress, devoted herself enthusiastically to art and crafts. She collected precious ceramics and created for them the elaborately designed Hall of Mirrors. The Baroque expansion of the palace garden is also due to Elisabeth Friedrich Sophie and Karl Ludwig. They have combined the garden’s delightful artwork with a unique collection of sculptures in the rolling hills of the Tauber Valley and harmoniously separated them from the outdoors with their two-winged oranges. Hohenlohe owes her passion for gardening and art, as well as Wolfgang II and Magdalena Sibylla’s love of building, hunting and research, to a spectacle that invites, even after centuries, to wander.
General theme in Weikersheim
A visit to Weikersheim Castle reveals new aspects throughout the year. Visitors take a journey back to the period from about 1600 to the first half of the eighteenth century. During private tours through the garden and plant houses, guests can, for example, explore the “pleasure of smell”. Romantic poets’ love for nature is traced as well as love for the natural sciences. Anyone who feels like they are “drinking potions” and fine porcelain should follow Handmaid Frederica. In September, singles and couples go “in love across the castle.” Stories, games, wine tastings and little surprises await guests on this journey of discovery all about love.
work hours From the Palace Gardens from April 1 to October 31: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry: 5.30 pm Castle opening hours in the same period: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Last entry: 5 pm. The castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Guided tours every hour, last guided tour at 5pm.
Castle Entrance And garden including guided tour of the castle: adults 6.50 €, reduced 3.30 €, families 16.30 €. Schlossgarten: adults 3.50 €, reduced 1.80 €, families 8.80 €.