Recreation, science, culture and gastronomy
The earlier royal summer residence overlooking the Rhine Valley lies above the town of Neuwied among lush forests and fields, at the boundary between the immediately adjacent UNESCO World Heritage „Oberes Mittelrheintal“ and the Roman frontier „Obergermanisch-Rätischer Limes“.
The smart white baroque stately home (built 1757-62, burned down 1969) was witness to illustrious visitors. Here, leading politicians, prominent artists, scientists and intellectuals came together and strolled through magical baroque gardens, captivated by the unique atmosphere in the woodlands above the romantic Rhine Valley. MONREPOS has always been a place of inspiration, discussion, but also of contemplation.
Thus MONREPOS produced personalities who with their vision and creativity made an historical contribution to the fields of art and science. Foremost among them was the internationally recognized natural scientist and explorer Prinz Maximilian zu Wied (1782-1867), the eponymous patron of our Foundation. Also Princess Elisabeth zu Wied (born 1843 at Monrepos), later Queen of Romania and still admired today as a poet under her nom-de-plume "Carmen Sylva".
“One could not aspire to a more appropriate atmosphere for a journey through the millennia of human cultural history than the one which we have at Monrepos”.
(Minister for Culture Dr. Georg Gölter at the Museum Opening 1988)
The residence of the Dowager Princess Marie zu Wied and her daughters Luise and Elisabeth was built in 1909 within sight of the original baroque stately home. Princess Luise, a talented pianist and composer, made Monrepos a centre for the arts, cultural exchange and socio-political discussion. Following the death of Luise the Waldheim had a chequered history. It was extensively renovated in the late 1980s. Since 1988 it has hosted the work of the Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution.