Art treasures from Schloss Thurnau are highlighted: Furniture from the Renaissance to the 19th century, luxurious dishes made of faience and china, gleaming silver, a venerable library known as the Bibliotheca Giechiana and many curious objects that recall the fascinating, varied history of Schloss Thurnau, one of the largest palace complexes in Bavaria. And they tell of the counts of Giech, who lived at this palace for nearly 400 years. For a small locality like Thurnau, an astonishing cultural flowering arose from the personal ambitions and competition between the palace’s various residents, the Freiherrn (barons) of Künßberg. The palace is not only a fascinating historical monument, it was once one of the oldest museums in Bavaria. The “Gräflich Giech’schen Familiensammlungen” (Giech counts’ family collections), including ancestral portraits, arms and armor, legal antiquities and Bronze Age artifacts, were accessible to everyone from 1857 to 1938. This volume introduces the history of the collections. The authors also address the future of this cultural heritage.