Yesterday i travelled to Konstanz where i visited the special Exhibitoon Napoleon III. – Der Kaiser vom Bodensee (Napoleon III. – The Emperor from Lake Constanze) at the Cultur Center near the Münster at Konstanz. The second part of the Exhibition is at the Castle Arenenberg near Thurgau. The exhibition commerates the 200 anniversary of the birth of the Emperor who spend a big part of it’s youth in this area and lasts from 20.04. – 19.10.2008.
Arenenberg Castle was bought in 1817 by the mother of the Emperor, Hortense, former Queen of Holland, Duchess of St. Leu and she lived there for most of the time until her death in 1837. Her son sold it in 1843 but in 1855 it was bought back by him and his wife. Empress Eugenie gave it in 1906 to the Kanton Thurgau with the obligation to open it for the public. Click here for a virtuell tour through the Castle.