Ground Floor

Emperor Napoleon I welcomes the visitors.

Originally, visitors entered the representative rooms of the main house through a veranda tent with blue and white stripes.  A theme that is repeated again and again in the interior.  One is immediately captivated by the elegant neo-gothic spiral staircase.

Designed as an open, columned gallery, the room was initially used, for example, for theatrical performances.  Later, Queen Hortense used it as a sunroom.  Back then and today, guests congregate here to begin their tour of the magnificent salons.

Queen Hortense’s Salon
This is where visitors met and meet for the first time.  Just like in the past, sketchbooks invite visitors to linger.  Some of the most important paintings are found here; for example, Queen Hortense and her son Napoleon III.


Lower Salon with Lakeview
In 1874, Empress Eugénie had this impressive panorama bay window added to the room which had originally been used as a small greenhouse.  This opened up the view to the spectacular Mediterranean bays and coves of the Lower Lake.

This room contains the impressive mahogany cabinet with its more than 200 valuable books from various imperial collections.

Dining Room
Unchanged since about 1835, this room showcases the dining table richly laid out with select china and valuable crystal stemware.


Bell System
The historic intercom system is very popular among today’s visitors.

First Floor

Bedroom and Deathbed of Queen Hortense
Lemon yellow damask tapestries on the walls, above them a tent ceiling, adjoined by a light blue sleeping alcove.  Rococo elements and exquisite empire furniture.  Eclecticism at its best.


The room was used as a little gallery.  The painting and pictures on the walls depict famous people and memorable events revolving around various facets of life at Arenenberg.

The Queen’s Study
Particularly beautiful are the empire cabinets crafted by Weissweiler and the various paintings from the region around Arenenberg.


The Imperial Prince’s Study
Whether Prince “Loulou,” the son of Empress Eugénie and Napoleon III, actually had his study here is not certain.  Paintings and furnishings date from the period of Queen Hortense.

Empress Eugénie’s Salon
Here, the Second Empire unfurls its full splendor!
Impressive portrays of Napoleon III and his spouse hang on the eastern and western walls.  To the right, Napoleon I in his coronation regalia and across from him, the Imperial Prince Napoleon IV.


Upper Salon with Lakeview
These precious objects from the Arenenberg Collection are exquisite works of art in the “Troubadour Style” and include paintings that once belonged to Empress Joséphine.

The Emperor’s Bedroom
When Napoleon III repurchased Arenenberg Palace in 1855, he picked this room for himself.

The Empress’s Bedroom
As long as her son was alive, she often came for a visit with him and used this room.  The paintings glorify her regency and are mementos of her family.


Since at least 1820, the house had what were considered to be state-of-the-art sanitary facilities back then.

Second and third Floor

Sleeping room of Valérie Masuyer
Valérie Masuyer was the lady companion in the service of the Duchess of St. Leu from October 1830 until the Duchess's death. Sie occupied the room on the second floor with the "Cabinet de travail" and the Cabinet de toilette".

The Green Room
An additional room for a lady companion. The rooms on this floor are decorated with a number of engravings of landscapes from Bavaria, Salzburg, and Graubünden. On this floor Bavarian, Salzburg and Grisons landscapes decorate the walls.

The Sleeping Rooms of the Maids
The French speaking maids lived on this floor. Very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter,. But they were very big and nicely furnished rooms.