5: Building history of the palace

Along the wall on your left, five panels explain the 600-year-old building history of the palace, from its beginnings as a medieval manor house to the neo-Gothic redesign under the princely couple Louis (Ludwig) and Leonilla, employing Alphonse Girard, the Parisian chief architect of the Louvre, and from its destruction in World War II to its reconstruction by Prince Alexander and Princess Gabriela Sayn-Wittgenstein 25 years ago.

It is also interesting to see the considerable size of Sayn Castle above, destroyed by the Swedes in the Thirty Years’ War. It was partially restored by the princely couple in the 1980s and made available to tourism.