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Schloss Schwetzingen

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Published 04/26/2016

Fodor's Review

This formal 18th-century palace was constructed as a summer residence by the Palatinate electors. It is a noble rose-color building, imposing and harmonious; a highlight is the rococo theater in one wing. The extensive park blends formal French and informal English styles, with neatly bordered gravel walks trailing off into the dark woodland. Fun touches include an exotic mosque, complete with minarets and a shimmering pool (although they got a little confused and gave the building a very baroque portal), and the "classical ruin" that was de rigueur in this period. The palace interior can only be visited by tour. At this writing, the castle is closed for renovations, but it is due to reopen in 2016—call before you visit.

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Schloss Mittelbau, Schwetzingen, Baden-Württemberg, 68723, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • €9 Apr.–Oct., €7 Nov.–Mar. (includes palace tour and gardens); gardens only: €5 Apr.–Oct., €3 Nov.–Mar.
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 9–8; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5, last admission 30 mins before closing. Palace tours (in German): Apr.–Oct., weekdays hourly 11–4, weekends and holidays 11–5; Nov.–Mar., Fri. at 2, weekends and holidays 11, 1:30, and 3; tours in English weekends at 2, or by arrangement

Published 04/26/2016


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