Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Napoleon Museum Salenstein

The last emperor of France lived high above Lake Constance, in the middle of a large park, in a tastefully furnished castle. Today's Napoleon Museum contains the original furnishings. The park has recently been restored.

A fortification complex has existed on the Arenenberg Mountain from the middle of the 15th century onwards. Arenenberg was owned by patrician families, until it was sold to Hortense de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter and sister-in-law of Napoleon I. She commissioned the modification of the castle in the style of the French Empire and lived there from 1817 onwards with her son Louis Napoleon, who later became Emperor Napoleon III. It is reported that Louis Napoleon not only spoke French, but also the Thurgau dialect. Hortense furnished the interior with wallpaper, furniture and pictures in memory of Napoleon I. She had French garden architects design the 13-hectare park. 

The interior and its furnishings are nearly completely preserved and all rooms of the castle can be freely accessed. 

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