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Schloss Zyng, internationally known as the Palace of Zyng, near the city of Zyng is the Seat of Government of the Baronat Zyng in Teressien.

History

In 1900, the Baron at the time, Baron Widukin III., designed new uniforms for the maids, which were, by the standards of back then, quite daring. It almost led to the Hausmädchenrevolte, a revolt of the maids against their new uniforms and for better working conditions, but with generous offers, the Baron could convince the maids to wear them, going down in history as Widukin the Lecher.

After his death in 1931 and with the Schloss Zyng reverting to the Main Line, the style of uniforms was adopted by all palaces, Schloss Hochheyde, Schloss Feyrsteyn, Schloss Zyng and Schloss Banyer, as were the working conditions, which made being a maid for the House of Hochheyde quite a good career choice. To this day, these uniforms are worn by the entire Maid Corps.

Geography

Schloss Zyng is situated nine kilometres outside of Zyng, a harbour city with nearly four hundred thousand inhabitants.

The Palace Grounds cover a total of eight square kilometres, bordered to the north by the Gonner River (a small bridge leads over it into the Gonner Nature Reserve, a 32 square kilometres large nature reserve open to citizens and tourists, however, usually, tourists are warded off by the bridge's guards).

Infrastructure

A bus line connects Zyng Main Railway Station and Schloss Zyng via 16 stations along the route (Line 840).

Buildings

The Schloss

The main structure on the grounds is Schloss Zyng itself, a four story building with two cellar levels. The Schloss has direct access to the Gardens, a short roofed walkway leading to both the House of the House Servants and the Bath House.

Main Building

The Main Building is occupied by the Fürst on the upper two levels, while the lower two serve the Schlossmuseum, with especially the right hand side being remarkable as that is the Permanent Exhibition.

Eastern Wing

The Eastern Wing is only three stories high. 150 rooms are established for guests, with their own bath room and study, connected by a series of hallways on the third floor. Each of the guest rooms also has a small, adjacent chamber, where in times long past a personal maid was supposed to sleep, with direct access to the room.

The second floor houses the Guest Library, several sitting rooms, a music room, a billiard room, meeting rooms and similar installations. Smaller dining rooms can be found there as well.

The Ground Floor is where the Grand Ball Room is located, with direct access to the Gardens via a large stone patio. When the weather is proper, this area is used for balls as well. The ballroom itself is fifty metres long and twenty wide, 14 metres high and has ten metre high windows, a total of six on either side. Most of the windows on the left side from the entrance have small sections, which can be opened as glass doors to lead out onto the patio. The floor is boarded with wood of five different trees (Teressian Birch, Selkie Great Woods Oak, Kyrenaian Date Palm, Teressian Grand Oak and Teressian Mahagony) in different shades to create patterns on the floor, depending on the interpretation those can appear as flowers in full bloom or waves and circles or anything inbetween.

Western Wing

The Western is the Administrative Wing, where the Administration of the Baronat Zyng is housed. When the Fürst is present, unused rooms are occupied by the Mobile Administration Unit of the Principality,

Basement Levels

The Stables

The Stables of Schloss Zyng house a total of fourteen horses, tended to by two stablehands, a horse veterinarian and his nurse.

The Cart Pool

The Cart Pool is the Palace's Car Pool, called the Cart Pool affectionately, not only because it indeed once housed carts and carriages used in the palace grounds and on the palace grounds, but also because of the twenty-six vehicles there, six are still carts or carriages. A small repair workshop is attached.

The Conservatories

The Guard Barracks

The Fürstliche Garde maintains a barracks on the grounds of Schloss Zyng, for a total of 300 guards. Usually, 90 guards (two platoons plus an administrative component) are stationed at Schloss Zyng, with the presence of the Fürst, the number rises to 250 (two companies and an administrative component). The barracks also include an arsenal and a shooting range.

Commanding officer of the Guard Complement at Schloss Zyng is Captain Wilrun Parad.

The House of the House Servants

The Bath House

Schloss Zyng has its own Bath House, where the visitor can relax and unwind far away from the affairs of government, . The Bath House is styled after a Hammam, a traditional Kyrenaian Bath House, in the Cold-Hot-Warm-Style, the Warm Room open to a panorama of Zyng and its bay.

Other Buildings

Fürst Raik III., the Grandfather of Fürst Alrich III., was an enthusiastic tinkerer, who had a small workshop building built on the Palace Grounds, a bit away from the main buildings, in 1904.

Staff

Kendra Cabhailín of the Tribe of Clonmel

Bicíní Industries Model Kendra Cabhailín of the Tribe of Clonmel in uniform of the Maid Corps of Schloss Zyng. Note the black bow, which stands for Schloss Zyng.

Schloss Zyng is staffed by around 190 employees, including the complement of the Fürstliche Garde, when the Fürst is not in the House. This number rises to up to 400 on formal occasions, like the reception of guests of state, with the staff brought along by the Fürst and additional hands.

The staff is, mostly, housed in the House of the House Servants, but it is possible for them to live in the city or the surroundings.

Aside from guards, veterinary personell, gardeners, mechanics and three electricians, Schloss Zyng employs mostly butlers and maids, although the occupation of Hausmädchen (the Teressian version of Kyrenaian Handmaidens) has a special popular recognition and image. The staff is personally selected by Nantwin Kampe, the Head of Staff of Schloss Hochheyde, and led by Onno Buttel as the Head Butler.

The Schlossmuseum Zyng

The Palace's Gardens and parts of the Palace itself are usually open to the public, but for special events like balls or the reception of guests of state, the Schlossmuseum is usually closed. Known as the Schlossmuseum Zyng, the Permanent Exhibition shows a number of paintings and statues of Teressien artists and artists from abroad, as well as suits of armour and weapons in the Rüstkammer. The Schlossmuseum also shows a number of foreign exhibitions, for example, in 2010, the Palace Museum of the Palace of the Azure Hall gave a part of their treasury museum as a loan, returned safe and sound in 2011.

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