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