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"The Palace Gardens - 18th Century Wonderland" Schwetzingen by Kathrin_E

Schwetzingen Travel Guide: 86 reviews and 499 photos

The Baroque Palace and Garden

The palace in Schwetzingen was built as a summer and hunting palace for the Electors of the Pfalz in the 16th century and later enlarged. In the 18th century a huge park was added.

The central part is a geometrical garden with parterres and bosquets in the typical baroque style. The outer parts, however, are English landscape gardens with a large number of buildings and attractions.

The main palace is currently undergoing renovations. The interior is closed until summer 2016. Works on the facades and roof are finally finished, as I saw during my recent visit. The scaffolding has been removed. Instead of its previous "mortadella" colour that you will still see in my older photos, the palace is now painted in a pastel shade of apricot that suits it much better.

Schwetzingen is a candidate for the status of UNESCO World Heritage. The administration of the palaces and gardens in Baden-Württemberg are working on their application. Let's see.

Official website of Schloss Schwetzingen

The Landscape Garden

In the late 18th century the gardening fashion changed. The baroque principles were abandoned. Instead, gardens now resembled natural landscapes, although they were still carefully designed. Small buildings were placed among trees, meadows and lakes, romantic views created. The buildings are a collection of architectures from all over the world and all eras. You'll discover a mosque, an ancient Roman temple, a medieval castle ruin, a Chinese bridge, an aqueduct, Egyptian sphinxes and many many more. You'll find separate tips about many of them on my pages. Take your time to explore the park and take in its many surprises.

The Town of Schwetzingen

While the palace and its gardens are the main attraction of Schwetzingen, the centre of the little town deserves a look, too. I'm sorting my tips about the town into "Off the beaten path tips" to separate them from those about the palace.

Website of the municipality of Schwetzingen

  • Last visit to Schwetzingen: Oct 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2015 at 2:56 AM

    Hello, Kathrin! I am impressed as well. This city is really worth visiting. Ich besuche
    Land Baden-Württemberg immer gern!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2015 at 2:49 AM

    I am impressed, that ensemble of gorgeous gardens and palace (too bad it's undergoing renovation) deserves UNESCO world heritage status! Brilliant pictures taken in different seasons. Is it closed in winter? Would look romantic in the snow, I think.

  • Jul 14, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Wonderful page!

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    I did not know there was such a beautiful city so near from Mannheim and Heidelberg

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    I enjoyed your page - looks like a place i would like to visit. The photos in your albums are great too

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    Hi Kathrin, thanks for your nice holiday wishes. I enjoyed reading your 18th Century Wonderland tips here on your Schwetzingen page. Thanks for your link to the Claque tip on my Pforzheim page; I have also just added a link back to your tip.

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Fantastic page!!! Wonderful photos of the autumn colours in the park!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2008 at 4:57 AM

    Excellent - genuine 5 star tips. Thanks for sharing. (Looks a lot different to when I was there!)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    Oh, wonderful :-)) I've been to Schwetzingen many times with visitors and they loved it more than Heidelberg :-)) Haha, I never looked that close at the coat of arms, the pink buttons look like Smarties :-)


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