9. Destruction and reconstruction

On the wall next to the window, you can see pictures of the accidental destruction of this palace by German units who were in great haste to blow up a nearby bridge before the end of the war. They show the situation in 1946, when Prince Ludwig returned from captivity and, together with his wife, decided to make a fresh start here.

Her eldest son, Prince Alexander, had his favourite picture made very large: the potato harvest. “We lived on a small farm and everyone had to help. My father “Udi” kneels on the left with a basket full of potatoes, my eldest sister Wonni is sitting on the plough horse, my other sister Li in the arms of the home-expelled uncle “Oschatz” – and I’m right in the middle of it all, between domestic staff and harvest helpers. A wonderful time!”