Always at your service
The household of the aristocratic Pourtalès-Harrach family, who lived in the 19th century, would have been inconceivable without domestic staff. Whoever enters the rooms of the servants’ quarters, only recently accessible, is immersed into previously unknown history. The exhibition takes a look at the world of the servants and lets the audience participate in situations that have taken place in the corridors and behind closed doors. It can be found on the second floor.
Always at your service – In the kitchen
From 12 June, the castle kitchen will be open to the public for the first time. Supported by vivid animations and videos, this extension to the permanent exhibition “Always at your service” reveals the servants’ workplace and kitchen life at the turn of the 20th century. During the counts’ tenure, the kitchen catered for many distinguished guests as well as providing daily meals for the family and their servants. In an engaging manner, the exhibition communicates the kitchen world and shows how food was prepared at that time. Ida, a maid whose job included fetching coal for the cooker, also has her say. The staging of the castle kitchen ensures first-hand experiences and that surprising moments arise. Various kitchen utensils are to be discovered, and are sure to evoke nostalgia for the past.
Castle rooms and dreams
Oberhofen Castle was a residence until the mid 20th century. Who were the previous owners? And how did it come about that the former fortress became a summer residence for an aristocratic family? Focused on the previous castle occupants, the exhibition traverses more than 800 years of history. The two parts of the permanent exhibition can be found on the first floor.