First the Guzzling, then the Morality - Frivolity, Indelicateness
and Excessis at Court
From living and loving, guzzling and fasting; from the leg’s
dress to the codpiece and from the bacon salad to the crap chair – the
whole immoderateness of the court’s society. A contemporary
formulated the duty to representation in 1733: „The common
man, which hangs only at the exterior senses and little uses
the reason, cannot fancy what is the majesty of the king, but
by the things, falling in his eyes and stiring his other senses,
he gets a clear concept of his majestie’s authority and
And this is heard with this guidance!
Historical interpretation in costumes of the period.
Guided Tour in english language.
Public date at April 18, 2.30 pm.; bookable at any date for groups.
From the Middle Ages to Late Renaissance - A Walk through
the most important Ruin of Germany
Open eyes and a looking glass are needed to take part in an
architectural walk through the time-honoured masonry on the castle
hill. Attention is drawn above all to the palaces of dwelling,
called after the prince electors who had them build. Up- and
downstairs are investigated the remaining rests from stack to
roof. There is much to find out about the opulence and the architectural
diversity of the famous ruin of the castle. (^top)
From Poets And Robbers
With Marianne von Willemer back in the year 1815: An era of
romantics but also of wars, epidemics and robbers. It has been
a time of social change, while Heidelberg castle became more
and more an aim for travelers and artists – and at the
same time one had to preserve it from its destruction. Marianne
von Willemer leads into the hidden corners of garden and castle
and lets revive the long passed time in poems and reports. (^top)
Celebrating Fredrick IV.
Frederik IV. – How did he yesterday come to bed?
Difficult times and not an easy prince: Was Frederik IV.
a down-to-earth realpolitician or the drunkard, as which
he is known? The image of the prince elector in historical
tradition is multiplous and has been the starting point of
some popular legends. Courtiers and servants tell - and soon
you will see, that in former times, too, the truth had many
Special guided tour to the 400th birthday of the prince elector Frederick IV.
(Friedrich IV.), the early deceased father in law of princess Elizabeth Stuart.
Heidelberg's Last Knight
When in Spain Don Quichote fought against windmills, in
Heidelberg prince-elector Frederick IV. perfectionated stabbing
the ring his handling a lance. From his diary we know, how
he spent his days with tournaments and dancing, with eating
with relish and tippling, hunting and promenading, with dicing
and card-playing. All this in times of change, where on the
horizon were to make out the conflicts, which lead into the
Thirty Years War.
Tournaments, Amusement, Fireworks
Prince-elector Frederick IV. (1574 - 1610) headed the Protestantic
Union, the joining of the protestantic german princes - but
politics he left to his councellers. Going to a session of
council, according to his diary he sweated and felt his day
spoiled. He was good-naturedly, affably and sumptuously,
his court devoured vast sums. At the times of Frederick IV.
castle and residencial city grew to the scene of splendid
feasts with handsome guests. The disreputable excesses and
his famous order of moderation got part of folklore in Heidelberg.
In The Dark Of The Night
With the prince-electoral night watchman through the Heidelberg castle
The prince-electoral night watchman and his ready-for-jokes
assistant invite to a tour with the lantern through the nocturnal
castle. But they think to be in the year 1622: In the midst of
the historical backdrop you suddenly seem to be placed back to
the prince-electoral court, into the 30 Years War. All inhabitants
of the castle are preparing the defense.
The Guests have to help, too, and to learn practical things needed
for fending off the hostile troups. A bohemian Musquetier introduces
you how to use his equpiment ans shows you how to "work on" the
enemies with musket and sword.
And the barrel-maids report on the arduous days in a besieged fortress,
on the great barrel and the secrets of the transformation of the
wine, getting a really fine vintage from a bad wine.
A pleasure for the whole family.(^top)
About Knights, Dwarfs and beautiful princesses
Special guided tour with action für children over 5 years
What did the prince-electors als all their knights do the whole
day in their huge castle over the town? Why was there a moat,
where has the horses been and what had a menial to do? Where
has been cooked, what has been eaten and what did the prince’s
childern play? And why has the biggest barral in the world been
guarded by a dwarf?
A spezial guided tour with games lights up the sumptuous sides,
but also the unimpressive corners of Heidelberg castle. (^top)
Ottheinrich – between hypocrits
We are writing the year 1556, the first year of Prince-Elector
Ottheinrich’s government. One of his first actions is to
introduce the Reformation, which had found already support among
the people. However, not everywhere is clear sunshine. Is everybody
ready to obey the new moral order? Did really all people renounce
to the old belief? Wouldn’t the one or the other like to
release with pleasure his sinful soul with sounding coin from
the purgatory? Or implore in times of difficulties or illness
one of 14 holy helpers in need? Historical figures will enlighten
the different points of view. (^top)
In Vino Veritas or A Dead Musician
A criminal game from the times of renaissance full of music and dance
In the year 1556 there are large changings at the court of
te new prince-elector Ottheinrich. Although there is a court band
frm the times of his predecessor, the young
prince brings his own musicians with him: This releases a lot
of envy and conflicts! While the guests walk through the castle,
violinist is murdered perfidiously. The musicians give lessons
in dancing and singing to the visitors and, besides,
to debunk the assassinator. And when in the large final scene
the offender is detected, one
finds out the truth of the
saying: In the wine lies the truth. (^top)
Poets and Robbers
With Marianne von Willemer back into the year 1815:
An aera of romantics, but also of wars, epedemies and of robbers.
It has been a time of social changes, while Heidelberg castle
more and more became an aim for travellers and artists. But in
the same time it has to be saved from its destruction. Marianne
von Willemer guides into the hidden corners of the garden and
the castle and lets liven up the past times in poems and reports.
The Brentanos – Szenes of a wedlock
Guests are coming along with the poets-couple
Clemens and Sophie Brentano on a walk through thne ruin and the
park. auf einem Spaziergang durch Ruine und Park.
The Brentano's conversation is about well-known persons, friends,
family and about Heidelberg with its sourroundings at the beginnin
g of the 19th century. And who's listening them to their conversation
around the castle, will after a few minutes see the old walls
with the eyes of the romantics. (^top)