The Battenbergs – A European Family.
If we go back in time to between the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the First World War, we experience Heiligenberg in Seeheim-Jugenheim as the central point of a family that can literally be regarded as European. It was the hereditary Grand Duchess Wilhelmine, the wife of the Grand Duke Ludwig II of Hesse and by Rhine who, in 1827, acquired Heiligenberg from the Hessian Finance Minister Baron August Konrad von Hofmann. She thus laid the foundation for a glorious era of this extraordinarily scenic place on the Bergstrasse, which already had a nunnery from the Middle Ages and was used as a court of justice.
Especially Wilhelmine‘s children Marie, the wife of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, and Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine with his wife Princess of Battenberg, laid the foundation for the dazzling development of this place. Heiligenberg became a meeting place for the high nobility and influential politicians. On the other hand the members of the family took on tasks and challenges of that time, which were brought to them from all points of the European compass. Thus Heiligenberg became the starting point of this Europe-wide active family.