Between 1892 and 1896, the renowned Munich architect Leonhard Romeis (1854–1904) realized one of the Gründerzeit period’s very most beautiful and most splendid private buildings—the residence of the textile manufacturer Heinrich Baron von Liebieg (1839–1904) in Frankfurt. Influenced by his extensive travels as well as by the architecture of his native Franconia, Romeis here united elements of various European building styles, for example the South Tyrolean and the Bamberg Renaissance. Particularly the villa’s interior—which is decorated with stucco and wooden ceilings, wainscoting, custom-made furniture and artworks—features a wide spectrum of styles.
The stylistic blend in the architecture is mirrored by the variety of vegetation from many regions of the world in the garden surrounding the villa. To this day, plane trees, paulownias, the trumpet tree, the black walnut, red and white-blossoming chestnuts, magnolias and the Japanese pagoda tree join to create a unique and idyllic atmosphere.
On various occasions, the Liebieghaus garden also serves as beautiful event setting, whether for an exhibition opening, a concert, a sculpture workshop, the annual children’s festival or the popular “Secret Garden” series in which framework the Liebieghaus celebrates balmy summer nights with well-known DJs and art.
Meanwhile well-known and well-loved beyond Frankfurt city limits, the Liebieghaus Café is the perfect place to linger after a visit to the museum. In a relaxed atmosphere, visitors can treat themselves to select cake and coffee specialties—in one of the cosy parlours or outside on the spacious terrace.