ing Wilhelm I. of Württemberg

born on September 27, 1781 in Lüben, Schlesien
died on June 25, 1864 in Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany

Friedrich Wilhelm Carl was the second king of Württemberg as Wilhelm I. from 1816 to 1864.

Reference to the Goldener Adler

Wilhelm I. was our guest at the Goldener Adler on September 1, 1834 on his way from Italy to Württemberg.


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William I and his family thought very highly of the marriage policy and had so many close relationships with other European ruling houses.

In Innsbruck, people like to get married in the Wiltener Basilika, a jewel in the south of the city, one of the few rococo churches in Tyrol.

Together with Wilten Abbey opposite, it is worth a visit!

Life and facts

Wilhelm I. was the eldest son of King Friedrich I. of Württemberg and Princess Auguste Karoline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

After Wilhelm’s youth, which was marked by disputes with his father, he took over the reigns of Württemberg in the “year without a summer” of 1816, which was marked by bad harvests and famine.

After taking office, he initiated comprehensive reforms that manifested themselves in the approval of the Württemberg estates for the constitution on September 25, 1819.

During his 48-year reign, the Kingdom of Württemberg was transformed from differently governed principalities into a state with a common identity and a thoroughly organized administration.

In addition to his successful domestic policy, he pursued an ambitious foreign policy throughout his reign. In addition to the great powers of Prussia and Austria, he saw the kingdoms of Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover and Württemberg as the crystallization nuclei of another great German power.

Even if these plans never came to fruition, they ensured purposeful policies throughout his reign. Wilhelm was the only German monarch to be forced to recognize the imperial constitution of 1848.

After the failure of the 1848/49 revolution, he pursued a restorative policy that countered his pre-revolutionary liberal image.

He died in 1864 at Rosenstein Castle in Cannstatt. His grave is in the burial chapel on the Württemberg.



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