Sonntag, 27. November 2016 | 11.00 Uhr
Fest & Markt
The Fassbau (Barrel Building) is best viewed from the Large Alton balcony. The Gothic windows were completely out of fashion when this functional building was erected at the end of the 16th century. Today, no one knows what prompted the commissioner of buildings Johann Kasimir, the uncle and guardian of the later Friedrich IV, to appoint them. A giant barrel was built into the building's cellar 1591. It held 130,000 litres (about 34,342 gallons) of wine collected from the Palatinate in payment of taxes.
Elector Carl Philipp brought diminutive Perkeo from South Tyrol to the Heidelberg court at the beginning of the 18th century. As court jester, he entertained court society with his jokes and frequent puns. His ability to drink is legendary and is the subject of many an anecdote. As a painted wooden figure, Perkeo still has an eye on the Great Barrel today.
Next to the Barrel Building is the Frauenzimmerbau (Ladies' Room Building) which dates back to around 1515 and was named after the court ladies' living quarters on the upper floors. In the basement is the King's Hall, Heidelberg Palace's large ballroom. Highly practical: during celebrations, the wine could be pumped via a pipeline directly from the Great Barrel to the Ladies' Room Building next door and so into the King's Hall. The Hall was given its name in 1619 after Elector Friedrich V had been elected king of Bohemia.
If you are dreaming of a lively celebration in a historical ambience, the King's Hall can accommodate 600 guests. Contact the Palace Office for further information.