Arolsen Castle

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Arolsen Castle

Arolsen Castle (German: Residenzschloss Arolsen) is a baroque styled Schloss in Bad Arolsen, Hesse, Germany. It continues to serve as the family home of the former ruling family of Waldeck and Pyrmont. It was birthplace of Queen consort Emma of the Netherlands.


Built during early 18th century, the castle main building was completed in 1728, the furnishings, equipment, furniture, remained for several decades until the castle was finally handed over to its use.

Built in 1840, the "Prince Waldecksche Court Library" today contains virtually all literature of the 18th Century in relevant fields of knowledge. The collection focuses on the Universal geography, history, literature, and militaria.

Arolsen Klebeband[edit]

The library is known for its "tape" books or "klebeband" books. These are blank books that could be filled with engravings that were popular among notability. The Arolsen books are still intact, while many others have been disassembled in the past. These have been digitised by a society created specifically for this purpose.[1]


The castle is now a museum and is still inhabited by Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his family.


  1. ^ Die Klebebände der Fürstlich Waldeckschen Hofbibliothek Arolsen : Wissenstransfer und -transformation in der Frühen Neuzeit, by Marie Isabelle Vogel, Peter Lang Edition, Frankfurt am Main, 2015, ISBN 9783631662779
  • Residenzschloss Arolsen (German)
  • Eduard Brauns: Wanderungen durch Nordhessen und Waldeck. A. Bernecker Verlag Melsungen, 1971
  • Grieben Reiseführer Oberhessen. Band 230, Karl Thiemig München, 1981
  • Schloss Arolsen. Große Baudenkmäler Heft 147, Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1980, S. 2-15, o.V.

Coordinates: 51°22′51″N 9°01′19″E / 51.3808°N 9.02194°E / 51.3808; 9.02194