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A History of Stieler-Haus in Tegernsee

Part of Tegernsee's lively history.
The Stieler Family's artistic history - spanning more than 180 years - has given the Westerhof Café in Stieler-Haus its unique and very special character. You can experience this fascinating atmosphere in every corner of the building.

Joseph Stieler acquired the land at the Point in Tegernsee from the Crown in 1829, where he built one of the first town houses in Tegernsee. The Biedermeier summer house with studio was the precursor for other well-known artists to settle in the Tegernsee valley as retinue to the Royal Court. A hint of those bygone days still wafts through the Westerhof Café in Stieler-Haus to this today - a place that gives rise to creativity and vitality.

Joseph Karl Stieler - *1781 +1858 Court Painter

Joseph Karl Stieler, Royal Court Painter to Ludwig I. (*1845/+1886) was commissioned to paint great beauties in the most elegant way possible: the 'Schönheitengalerie'(Gallery of Beauties) in Schloss Nymphenburg was born. The most significant portraits of Ludwig van Beethoven and J.W, von Goethe are also masterpieces from Stieler, although many people do not know the name of the artist/creator.

Karl Stieler - *1842 +1885 Poet

Born in Munich and son of Joseph Karl Stieler, Karl Stieler enjoyed a happy childhood in Tegernsee from 1853 - 1861.
During his youth he originally wanted to follow in his father's footsteps - several works still survive. But he soon realised that writing and poetry were his calling. In addition to following a bourgeois profession as a lawyer with a doctorate in law, his main activities as a poet were in Bavaria. Works: including 'Winteridyll' and 'Hochlandlieder'.

The ambience of bygone days

Today's Stieler-Haus is characterised by a mixture of modern and historical influences. A combination of new and old give the building its unique ambience:
The splendid ferry boat lantern from Hans van Bentem, the old 'Kuch’l-Ofen' stove and period utensils.

The revival of Stieler-Haus was achieved by renovating and transforming the building into a café – a hint of the past still wafts throughout the building! Old wall colours have been exposed through precision craftsmanship. Stucco plasterers restored the ceilings' early 19th century features. Although listed building regulations made the work more difficult, they are fully in accordance with retaining the building's history.

Lovingly restored ...

The revival of Stieler-Haus was achieved by renovating and transforming the building into a café – a hint of the past still wafts throughout the building! Old wall colours have been exposed through precision craftsmanship. Stucco plasterers restored the ceilings' early 19th century features. Although listed building regulations made the work more difficult, they are fully in accordance with retaining the building's history.

... in every detail

The door frame to the studio still bears the markings measuring the height of members of the Stieler family. Even the dog is immortalised with an imposing 40 cm. The bannister climbs elegantly alongside the wooden stairs. Biedermeier balustrades unique at this time. Ornamented ceilings and door frames all bear witness to the period.

Interior Furnishings

The surviving furnishings are most probably from Josephine von Miller, 2nd wife of Karl Stieler. The historian Karl Alexander v. Müller, who was closely connected with the building's history and former tenant, talks of a square piano that even L.Spohr and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy were said to have played. Builder: Richard Lipp-Stuttgart with the signature: "Pianoforte Nierlag. Von Wolfg. Andr. Kraft in Nürnberg. N.65".