An extraordinary ensemble in an idyllic setting

Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace

Tasteful elegance, modern technology

The queen's bathroom

With its tasteful understatement, Queen Charlotte's bathroom at Bebenhausen Palace still seems modern today – despite being hundreds of years old. It gives an impression of the standards that ensured that the last Württemberg royal couple left a lasting impression.

Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace, the queen's bathroom; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Still modern today: the queen's bathroom.

Technical architectural monument

From 1915 to 1916, the final phase of building work at Bebenhausen Palace saw a number of modifications made to Queen Charlotte's apartments. This included modernizing the former bathroom. This room, with its stark light tiles and tasteful restraint yet comfortable furnishings and fittings, has long been considered an outstanding technical architectural monument. The former Queen, who continued to live at Bebenhausen Palace long after the death of Wilhelm II, was still using the bathroom up to her death in 1946.

Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace, the queen's bathroom; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Stephan Kohls

Comforts of the queen's bathroom.

Luxurious fittings

From the dressing room, a few steps lead down into the bathroom which is set somewhat lower. A large bath tub, brick-built shower cubicle, bidet and flushing toilet, marble wash stand with two basins, running hot and cold water and central heating: the comforts of this bathroom spelled luxury in that age. This is true of living conditions for simple people as well as for members of nobility. In fact, palace inhabitants usually had to live in buildings that were centuries old and which did not meet modern standards.

Class distinctions?

Like all the rooms in the royal apartments at Bebenhausen Palace, the Queen's bathroom and dressing room show how close the living standard of ruling family had come to that of the bourgeoisie. By the end of the monarchy, king and queen lifestyle scarcely differed from that of their wealthier subjects.

The royal couple's lifestyle was scarcely any different from that of their wealthier subjects.

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