Schwetzingen Palace, wallpaper in the Hochberg apartment

In the style of the time

Luise Karoline von Hochberg's apartment

Margrave Carl Friedrich von Baden used the palace for occasional stays in the summer. His wife, the lower ranking Imperial Countess Luise Karoline von Hochberg (1768–1820), occupied rooms on the second floor. They were furnished in the modern Empire style in 1804.

Schwetzingen Palace, Hochberg apartment

The Imperial Countess had the rooms refurnished.

In Schwetzingen, the Imperial Countess had her own apartment with an audience room, drawing room, living room and dressing room. While the Elector was happy in his apartment on the first floor with its old-fashioned 18th century furnishings, Luise Karoline chose modern décor. From 1804, high quality wallpaper with paintings of illusions and landscapes adorned the walls. Graceful red glazed walnut chairs added to the charming ambience.

Schwetzingen Palace, wallpaper detail in the Hochberg apartment

The Imperial Countess had exquisite taste.

Fascinating glimpse into “Switzerland”

In the drawing room, known as the ”Compagnie” room, colours of the sumptuous wallpaper lend a fresh and intensive effect. Mighty mountain ranges, thundering glacial streams, snow-capped peaks and defiant castles transport you into a variety of Swiss landscapes. The Alsace company Zuber created these new-style wall coverings in 1802 using a laborious manual printing process. The juxtaposition of several tracks created a fascinating panoramic effect that still captivates today.

Other highlights in Schwetzingen Palace

Northern circle building
The Bath House
The Mosque

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