What remained of the proud Heidelberg Castle?
The once proud residence of prince-electors of the Palatinate had suffered greatly during the wars of the 17th century. Roofs and doors were missing, defensive walls had been destroyed and were overgrown with plants. Following a lightning strike in 1764, the buildings were burned out. The castle had visibly fallen to ruins and now only served Heidelberg residents as a stone quarry. The House of Baden, as its new owners, showed little interest in the Electoral Palatinate's legacy.