The Historical Buildings

The historical part of Wilhelma is to be found in the lower section of the park. This section was so planned that King Wilhelm I of Württemberg would be able to reach the most important buildings in his Wilhelma dry shod. This is still possible for visitors today.

From the former pavilion-vantage-point on the R. Neckar, now the Main Entrance, the King was able to reach the Covered Walkway in the centre of the gardens via the historical greenhouses with the large Conservatory. From the Covered Walkway he was able to reach his living quarters, the Moorish Villa. The Moorish Villa is now home to a combined animal and plant house. For representative purposes the King had the Moorish Banqueting Hall built, which sadly no longer exists. In its place there is now the Aquarium with the Crocodile Hall. The King could also reach this place via the Covered Walkway, which connected the Banqueting Hall and the living quarters from both sides, from the north and the south. Wilhelma Theatre had a connecting covered passageway as well. From the pavilion at today's Main Entrance, the Covered Walkway leads parallel to the R. Neckar till it reaches the theatre. The side of the walkway facing the river is protected by a decorative terracotta wall.

Other buildings that have still survived from those days are the Belvedere Pavilion that rises above the Sub Tropics Terraces, and the Damascene Hall, an early aviary. The two historical storage rooms, buildings to store the carriages and other such equipment, are now the entrance and exit of the Insectarium. The previous kitchen building houses offices and is also the living quarters of the Director.

Further information on the historical buildings can be found in the description of Wilhelma's history.
History of Wilhelma