Landgrafenschloss und Schlosspark,
Schloss , 61348Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
Landgraves resided at the castle until 1866. When the dynasty died out, the castle passed to Prussia and the German Emperors "discovered" Homburg and set up sommer residence at the castle.
The baroque Landgraves’ Castle with its botanically artistic park is well worth a visit. Up until 1866 it was the residence of the Landgraves of Hessen-Homburg. Master builder Paul Andrich built the castle between 1679 and 1686. Nowadays, only the accessible keep – the White Tower – is all that is left of the medieval fortress. The chambers in the King’s Wing showcase the taste of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Auguste Viktoria. They are the only surviving example in Germany of how the imperial family lived. The English Wing – which was redesigned for Landgravine Elisabeth (1770-1840) – is a particular jewel. The chambers are decorated in the Empire style and the dining room in colorful Pompeian style. The Landgraves’ Castle is also well known for its artistically landscaped park. A fruit garden with a planned layout existed as far back as the 17th century. When the new castle was constructed, a formal, axially designed baroque garden complete with orangerie was created. It is home to the Lebanese cedar, which was planted in 1820, and to the rose terrace and carpet beds dating back to imperial times.