Klemens Metternich was born in Koblenz, Germany on 15 May 1773 to Franz George Karl Count Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein and his wife Countess Maria Beatrice Aloisia von Kageneck.
The French Revolution of 1789 and its consequences were referred to by Metternich as the "hateful time." Metternich's family was directly affected by both the Revolution and the fighting. His father, a count who held hereditary lands in western Germany near France, was main minister in the Netherlands - which at that time was an Austrian possession. Metternich's childhood in the western German city of Koblenz, a quiet town of about 12, 000, brought him into contact with French culture.