Baden-Württemberg: Bebenhausen to Wäscherschloss: Land turns off the lights at night

Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) - In view of the impending gas shortage, the state wants to set a good example when it comes to saving energy and turns off the lights in palaces, castles and monasteries at night.

Baden-Württemberg: Bebenhausen to Wäscherschloss: Land turns off the lights at night

Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) - In view of the impending gas shortage, the state wants to set a good example when it comes to saving energy and turns off the lights in palaces, castles and monasteries at night. From now on, the Lorch monastery (Ostalb district), Bebenhausen monastery (Tübingen district), Garescherschloss castle (Waschenbeuren municipality, Göppingen district) and Ochsenhausen monastery (Biberach district) will no longer be illuminated, Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz (Greens) said on Monday. On September 1st, Meersburg Castle, Meersburg Prince’s House, Salem Castle and Monastery, Tettnang Castle (all in the Bodensee district), Alteberstein Castle (Baden-Baden) and the Mergentheim Residence Castle (Main-Tauber district) will be added.

Bayaz announced that the intensity and duration would be reduced on buildings that cannot be completely switched off. With immediate effect, the façade of Heidelberg Castle will only be illuminated until 10 p.m. From September 1st it will be completely dark in the evenings. "The only thing that remains is the lighting that is required for safety," explained the minister. This should also be the case with the Urach residential palace (Reutlingen district) and the Schussenried monastery (Biberach district).

There are exceptions where the light has to stay on for public safety. These include the burial chapel on the Württemberg in Stuttgart and the New Castle in the center of the state capital. But it should also be checked here whether the light can be dimmed.

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