Eduard Riedel

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Eduard Riedel (1813–1885) was a German architect and Bavarian government building officer. Among other things he is known for his contribution to the construction of Neuschwanstein Castle.


Wolfram von Eschenbach Monument in Eschenbach

Riedel was born on 1 February 1813 in Bayreuth. He began to study architecture in Bayreuth and graduated in Munich, the Bavarian capital, in 1834.

Riedel's first project was the supervision of the new development of the Ludwigstraße Damenstift (convent) in Munich. This was followed by the residence and palace garden for King Otto of Greece in Athens, where he was court architect until he returned to Munich in 1850. Here he completed the Propylaea jointly with Leo von Klenze. From 1852 until 1857, Riedel was a professor at the polytechnic institute. In 1853 he was appointed superintendent of the royal building authorities and in 1872 he became the leading court architect.

His works include the Wolfram von Eschenbach Monument in Wolframs-Eschenbach, numerous fountains in the garden of Schleissheim Palace, the Beamtenreliktanstalt and Bavarian National Museum in Munich, as well as numerous drafts and concepts such as for the Cistercian monastery in Mehringen, a new university and a coin. He was also responsible for the restoration of numerous palaces.

Riedel died on 24 August 1885 in Starnberg.

Oeuvre (selection)[edit]

Munich, Riedel's building of Bavarian National Museum, now housing State Museum of Ethnology