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Franconia and the German Danube Sights

Schloss Emmeram (Emmeram Palace)

  • Emmeramsplatz 5 Map It
  • Regensburg
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 11/13/2013

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Formerly a Benedictine monastery, this is the ancestral home of the princely Thurn und Taxis family, which made its fame and fortune after being granted the right to carry official and private mail throughout the empire and Spain by Emperor Maximilian I (1493–1519) and by Philip I, king of Spain, who ruled during the same period. Their business extended over the centuries into the Low Countries (Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg), Hungary, and Italy. The horn that still

symbolizes the post office in several European countries comes from the Thurn und Taxis coat of arms. In its heyday Schloss Emmeram was heavily featured in the gossip columns thanks to the wild parties and somewhat extravagant lifestyle of the young dowager Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis. After the death of her husband, Prince Johannes, in 1990, she had to auction off belongings in order to pay inheritance taxes. Ultimately a deal was cut, allowing her to keep many of the palace's treasures as long they were put on display.

The Thurn und Taxis Palace, with its splendid ballroom and throne room, allows you to witness the setting of courtly life in the 19th century. A visit usually includes the fine Kreuzgang (cloister) of the former Benedictine abbey of St. Emmeram. The palace can only be visited by taking the guided tour. The items in the Thurn und Taxis Museum, which is part of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, have been carefully selected for their fine craftsmanship—be it dueling pistols, a plain marshal's staff, a boudoir, or a snuffbox. The palace's Marstallmuseum (former royal stables) holds the family's coaches and carriages as well as related items.

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Sight Information

Address:

Emmeramsplatz 5, Regensburg, 93067, Germany

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Phone:

0941-504–8133

Sight Details:

  • Museum €4.50, palace and cloisters €13.50
  • Museum Apr.–Oct., daily 1–5. Tours of palace and cloisters: premium tour (app. 90 minutes): daily 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 pm; compact tour (app. 60 minutes): daily 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Updated 11/13/2013

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