The Damascene Hall

In the eastern part of Wilhelma, towards the R. Neckar, is the Damascene Hall. It is the only one of the historical buildings that was not built by the royal architect Karl Ludwig von Zanth, but, after his death, by Professor Wilhelm Bäumer in 1864. It served Wilhelm I as a building for keeping pheasants and chickens. The name comes from that of the inhabitants of the town of Damascus, which used to be a centre of the Moorish style of building. The Damascene Hall was the only one of the historical buildings at Wilhelma to have survived the war undamaged. Despite this it was still very carefully restored in 1992. A small part of the old Moorish splendour of Wilhelma is to be seen here in the sumptuous ceiling painting, the stucco marble of the walls and the wonderful chandelier.

In the interior part of the Damascene Hall there is an exhibition on the history of Wilhelma. Since this pavilion is under special protection, the exhibition is only open from March to October, with restricted opening hours and under supervision.

The Damascene Hall can also be used as a place for civil weddings. (Link to 4.4. Weddings) Outside the Hall there are aviaries with indigenous birds such as the wood grouse or cock of the wood, the gold finch or the bullfinch.