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DRACHENBURG Palace – Perched high on the Siebengebirge mountains, overlooking the romantic Rhine


Drachenburg Palace can look back on an eventful history: with the laying of the cornerstone in 1882, wealthy Baron Stephan von Sarter commenced the construction of this stately home. It was to be a graceful blending of villa, castle and palace. In 1903, his heirs recognised the touristic potential of the location and developed the building and its environs as a destination for summer travellers in the Siebengebirge. The Palace was subsequently used successively as an amusement park (1910), a retreat for a Christian boarding school (1931), the sleeping facilities for a national-socialist elite school (1942) and the headquarters of the state railway (1947-1960).

Subsequently, the Palace, already seriously damaged in the Second World War, decayed even further until it was acquired by the eccentric textile merchant Paul Spinat in 1971, who began renovations and ordered the free reconstruction of the missing murals.

Drachenburg Palace was declared a historic monument in 1986, and in 1995 it was acquired by the state conservation foundation NRW Stiftung Natur, Heimat und Kultur. In close cooperation with the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Königswinter, the foundation ordered a painstaking restoration of the structure and the park in 1995, which was completed in 2010.

WAND & RAUM was involved in the planning of the fabric work from the very beginning. The work extended over the course of several years, not least because, unlike other buildings, no relics from the original era had survived. However, the art-historical style of the epoch of Drachenburg Palace – historicist, neo-Gothic – was identified primarily through the use of well-documented papers, paintings and engravings, such as were produced for the London exhibitions in 1851 and 1862

From 2007 to 2010, WAND & RAUM, together with the preservation authorities, the project supervisors, and the participating building historians, designed the drapes and the trimmings as and prepared the sewing instructions. The rooms of the Palace were furnished with impressive, historically accurate window decorations and upholstery. Visitors touring the Palace are overwhelmed by the opulence of the lush fabrics and the impressively lavish trimmings in brilliant colours and shimmering gold.
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