Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Emperors of Austria and Russia at Schloss Rohrbach
Painting c1800s (below) of Schloss Rohrbach
With the escape of Napoleon from Elba in the spring of 1815, the Congress in Vienna hurriedly assembled their army on the Rhine. The two most powerful men Emperor Franz of Austria and Alexander of Russia were lodged in Heidelberg. In June they accepted Margravine Amalia’s invitation to attend an evening soiree at the Schloss. The Austrian emperor entered the grand salon on the arm of his hostess. Alexander had politely given him the lead as he believed he was a ‘child of the house’, calling the Margravine ‘mama’.
Drawing c1810s (below) of Schloss Rohrbach and interior
After the death of the Margravine in 1832, the Schloss was sold to the family of her former lady-in-waiting. Later at the turn of the century it became a tuberculosis hospital.
Photographs (below) of Schloss Rohrbach today