Kaiserhaus Baden

Kaiserhaus Baden

The Kaiserhaus – a non-imperial residence of the Habsburgs

»I looked upon the house we were to occupy and I must freely admit to you that I find it both uninhabitable for this year and incapable of a suitable improvement.« Empress Maria Ludovica wrote this sentence to her husband, Emperor Franz I, after she had been shown the new accom­modations for the imperial family’s yearly sojourn in Baden on June 10th, 1813. The protest was of no avail. The Kaiserhaus was originally an adapted townhouse designed by the French architect Charles de Moreau for Prince Nikolaus II Esterhazy. Franz I had had the building purchased »for my use« and spent nearly every summer there until his death in 1835.

The house gained world-historical meaning during the First World War when the field army command of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was stationed in Baden from 1917 to 1918 and Emperor Karl I issued orders to his army from the first floor. Afterwards the Kaiserhaus fell into a »deep sleep«.

Today the revitalised palace shines like new and the imperial lodgings on the bel étage function as sophisticated settings for alternating exhibitions.

New exhibition from April 2018:

Baden: Centre of Power 1917–1918: Emperor Karl I and the Army High Command in Baden

The Kaiserhaus Baden is marking the centenary year of 2018 with an exhibition focusing on the last two years of the First World War. For the first time an exhibition on the Imperial and Royal Army High Command is being held in the premises it occupied from 1917 to 1918.

During the First World War the Kaiserhaus in Baden became a place of world-historical importance. From January 1917 to November 1918 the town of Baden was the seat of the High Command of the Imperial and Royal Army. Emperor Karl I commanded his army from the first floor of the Kaiserhaus, at times also residing there with his family on the second floor of the building. The exhibition Baden: Centre of Power at the Kaiserhaus focuses on the final two years of the war, which were of decisive importance both for the town of Baden and for the whole of Europe.

Divided into five sections, the exhibition showcases around 200 objects from public and private collections illustrating the events of a century ago. Topics covered include the last years of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph, Emperor Karl’s unsuccessful efforts to achieve a peace settlement, the last great battles of the First World War, triumph and defeat, and the events leading up to the armistice in November 1918.

Historical documents, personal mementos, objects, photographic material as well as films and sound recordings bring this time alive and afford insights into everyday life during the war and the events at the front. The exhibition explores the international political manoeuvring, the role of the emperor, military high command, the life of soldiers in the field, the increasing hardships endured by troops at the front, and the special role of Baden as the centre of power.

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