Aristocratic Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia: The House of Lippe

The House of Lippe: Ancestors of this family fought alongside Henry the Lion and negotiated with Napoleon. An entire stretch of land in the extreme northeast of North Rhine-Westphalia is named after them and their coat of arms - the Lippische Rose - today adorns the State flag of NRW. This family looks back on a proud and rich history.

In the episode “The House of Lippe”, Prince Stephan zur Lippe takes Julia Melchior through the magnificent palace in Detmold that the family still owns today. Here they dive into the 800-year-old family history of these former noblemen, counts, dukes and stately princes of Lippe. In addition to the tour of the palace, Prince Stephan takes Julia Melchior on an archeological journey of discovery through the Teutoburg Forest. Falkenburg Castle, the former ancestral home of the family from the 12th century, is being excavated and partly reconstructed with the help of the State for the past few years. The excavations have unearthed a few archeological sensations.

Prince Stephan’s parents, the Head of the House of Lippe Prince Armin and his wife Princess Traute, still live in the family royal residence in the heart of Detmold.  In an interview, Prince Armin, whose father was the reigning Prince of Lippe up until the end of the monarchy in 1918, tells about the turbulent history of the dynasty.

Length 1 x 45'
Year 2013
Genre Dokumentarfilm
Format 16:9 HDTV
Director Sebastian Dehnhardt
Boadcast WDR