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.
Kaiserhaus Baden is closed due to renovations until the end of 2017.
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