Bad Homburg vor der Höhe Travel Tip:
Gothic House and City Museum
Gothic House and City Museum, Bad Homburg
When the Homburg Prince Friedrich VI. Josef married Princess Elizabeth from the English Royal family back in 1818, his wish list included
a salon for forty people in the large pine forest (Grosser Tannenwald). Construction work on the
feudal Gothic residence, which was destined for use for hunting, excursions and celebrations by the landgrave and his entourage, started in 1823. The unusual design of the building is due not only to the taste and artistic understanding, but also to a large degree to the dowry provided by Elizabeth.
Nowadays the Gothic House is home to the town’s museum (Städtische Museum) with the hat museum, which is the only one of its kind in Germany. Its exhibits track the cultural history of headwear from around the globe, focusing of course on the Homburg hat. Various departments of the museum provide visual evidence of the history of the town, with the Coin Cabinet exhibiting coins and medals from the Homburg territory, and changing special-focus exhibitions dedicated to important partial aspects of German cultural history. The town’s archives – are also kept at the Gothic House. These can be inspected by anyone free of charge. Close by is the
horse’s grave (Pferdegrad), where Landgrave Friedrich V. Ludwig’s favourite horse, Madjar, is buried.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday 2 - 5pm, Wednesday 2 - 7pm, Sunday Noon - 6pm.
Admission: 2 €
Address: Tannenwaldweg 102, 61350 Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe
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