Palais Frankfurt

Eventful History

The Thurn-and-Taxis-Palais was built between 1729 and 1739. The imperial post master general Prince Anselm Franz von Thurn and Taxis appointed Robert de Cotte the royal court architect of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France to develop this building. This palace has had its share of eventful history: 1748 it was turned into the headquarters of the imperial Thurn and Taxis Post, 1805 until 1813 it served as a residence of the prince primate and the grand duke of Frankfurt Main, Carl Theodor von Dalberg.

Following the restoration of Frankfurt´s Free City status, the German confederation was in session here during 1816 and 1866.  In 1895 Prince Albert I sold the Thurn and Taxis Palais to the German imperial postal service after having the interior decorations and fittings removed  and delivered to his castle Emmeram in Regensburg. To date these interiors have remained at the Regensburg castle.

In WWII the palace was badly damaged. Now it has been rebuilt based on the original plans. Moreover, it encompasses functional space dividers and the most modern technology. The architects carved out the specific qualities of its heyday: the historical facade, the majestic interior rooms and the charming atmosphere of the court yard.