Feldkirch room (Veduta cabinet)

This room – which is also called Veduta cabinet because of its baroque display of pictures – is full of engravings, lithographs, drawings and small paintings with one theme: Old Feldkirch with its historic buildings. Special attention deserves a watercolour of the Schattenburg by the court painter of Archduke Johann, Thomas Ender, created in the middle of the 19th century. It shows the castle at that time in a rather sad derelict condition.

There is also a complete series of pictures to be seen with the motif “Town on the Ill”. They demonstrate the importance of the river and the continuous growth of the settlement along the then only bridge over the Ill – the so-called High Bridge. For centuries, this bridge was essential for the traffic going north to south, from Lake Constance over the Alps to Italy, as well as the traffic from east to west from Tyrol to Switzerland.