The project consist of two parts – a practical working part which will last 6 hours per day and a study part, which takes place in the evenings and during weekends.
In the ground floor of the Grand Hotel “Waldlust” a legendary night club Zwitscherstube” (“Birdy Club”) had its place. This club was the only part of hotel which was accessible not only for the guests of the hotel, but also for the inhabitants of the city of Freudenstadt. Thus, this part of the building plays a special role for the identification of the inhabitants of the city and respective memories of their youth with the heritage site. In the last period of “Waldlust”, the former “Zwitscherstube” has been changed concerning use, structure and design. The aim of the project is to search for the remains of the original situation and basing on that to design a new concept for the interior of this part of the house which will orientate as much as possible on the historic situation. The works will include the abolishment of recent conversions and the clearance of new dividing walls, wallpapers and other elements. Under the guidance of a local architect an interior design concept will be established and the therefore needed furniture which is currently stored in other parts of the “Waldlust” will be prepared. The “Denkmalfreunde Waldlust” association plans to re-open the former “Zwitscherstube” in 2019.
The second part of the project is dedicated to the Marksburg Castle. During archaeological excavations carried out on the plateau in-between the Romanesque Palace and the Small Battery, the foundation walls of a Romanesque chapel that had been turned down in 1588, were uncovered. After the excavations had been completed, the findings were again backfilled in order to preserve them. The former chapel is of big historical significance since it is possible that the castle’s name, “Marksburg” – meaning “St. Mark’s Castle” – had been derived from the chapel’s patron St. Mark. In order to make the former chapel more comprehensible for visitors, the outline of the former chapel shall be marked in the ground with flagstones. In addition, the volunteers will work in the area of the Outer Bailey, which is – together with the located bastion – supposed to be opened for visitors of the castle. Therefore the area shall be cleared of undergrowth such as thistles, blackberry bushes and ivy, which have grown rampant along the escarpment. In doing so, this part of the castle will be more accessible and comprehensible in its function as a defensive zone. With the educational part the participants will gain background knowledge about Marksburg Castle history till nowadays and about the potentials and challenges of the management of such historical complexes.
ACCOMMODATION: shared rooms with beds, warm showers, toilets for both places
The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
The “Waldlust” Hotel in Freudenstadt, founded in 1899, was a first choice resort of a noble society of spa guests. It stands as a historic architecture building, as a cultural heritage treasury, as a long time social meeting place in a high rank – a unique symbol of a former golden period of town development. During the 1st third of the 20th century and also during the second blooming period after World War II, the “Waldlust” was a catwalk for the high society with many famous guests – kings, queens, princes, poets, artists and also the international jet set. Today the old palace with its impressive size and scenery and its glorious history offers us a review back to a golden era, almost unimaginable for such a small town deeply embedded in the Black Forest woods. The association “Denkmalfreunde Waldlust” (Heritage Friends Waldlust) is focused on preserving the former Grand Hotel and gathers citizens of Freudenstadt which are interested in the revitalisation of this remarkable heritage site.
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, is an outstanding organic cultural landscape and a dominant of the Rhine scenery is Marksburg Castle – the only medieval stronghold on the hills which has never been destroyed, a rare example of history virtually undisturbed by the march of time. All the other castles along the Rhine were destroyed during the centuries and felt to ruins, either by devastation – most of them only during the Palatine War of Succession in 1689 – or through disuse. Nowadays they are either ruins or they have been rebuilt in the 19th century, during the Age of Romanticism. The value and the significance of Marksburg Castle can be found in particular in its complete preservation as a medieval fortress. The impressive stronghold with most buildings dating back to the 13th to 15th century consists of wall rings containing keep, residential buildings, baileys and bastions all on top of a hill above the small romantic town of Braubach, and with its interesting, typical interior rooms such as castle kitchen, great hall, bedchamber, chapel, armoury, wine cellar and battlements it allows to travel back into the Middle Ages. The castle was exemplarily restored and opened to the public.
The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire.
Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions.
Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare.
Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.
In accordance to the above described focus on heritage European Heritage Volunteers, a branch of Open Houses, organises Heritage Projects.
Heritage Projects combine practical work for the preservation or restoration of a cultural or natural heritage site with an extensive educational part that gives the theoretical background for the hands-on works and provides deeper heritage linked knowledge. Heritage Projects focus on traditional handcraft techniques, on the revitalisation of abandoned monuments, on the restoration of historical parks, on the maintenance of cultural landscapes or on other related topics.
Some of the Heritage Projects are organised in the framework of the World Heritage Volunteers initiative. The initiative was launched as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to mobilise and involve young people and youth organisations in heritage preservation and promotion. Since 2008 more than 200 projects at more than 100 World Heritage Sites in more than 50 different countries worldwide have been organised, in which more than 3,500 volunteers from over 70 countries have taken part. The European projects of World Heritage Volunteers are coordinated by European Heritage Volunteers.
Furthermore, European Heritage Volunteers initiates, develops, supports and mentors European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects which are organised by heritage linked non-profit organisations in other European countries.
Read more about Heritage Projects on www.heritagevolunteers.eu.
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