Gasthof Pension Mainzer Rad
Marktplatz 4, Schwetzingen, Baden-Württemberg, 68723, Germany
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Bath house and wild boar fountain
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Temple of Mercury
Travel Tips for Schwetzingen
When talking about Schwetzingen, most people only think of the palace. Okay, I guess the palace IS the most fantastic sight of Schwetzingen, but the town itself is quite nice as well!
There are beautiful old houses, lovely restaurants and some nice shopping opportunities, but on a small scale only, since Schwetzingen is rather small. Still it is a great place to spend some time as well!
They make you wear funny footwear
The Bath House was built in the eighteenth century and provided the Grand Duke with some private space. The whole interior has been recently renovated so before entering we had to put on a pair of slippers - one size fits all ha ha! I have tiny feet and when I tried walking the slippers kept slipping off - no pun intended. In the end I just had to shuffle my way around but still managed to see the beautiful statues and art work within. In particular the marble floors are stunning and could easily be damaged by outdoor shoes so the slippers have a good purpose. Please note photography and video is prohibited in side the Bath House.
Exhibition of Historic Work Equipments
Just by chance we came by this wonderful little exhibition, which is housed between the Orangerie and the East Wing of the palace. In 3 rooms you can find work equipment from former times - all of them things that were used in the palace and palace gardens.
The warden was so happy that finally two people came to visit - and even liked it (actually we LOVED it!!). He was so frustrated, because he feels this little exhibition is definitely neglected!! His theory is that it reminds people too much of work and so they don't want to deal with it!!!
The exhibition rooms are open on
Tuesdays, Sundays and Holidays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The former stables, now converted into shops and apartments, are situated in Carl-Theodor-Straße. The wing along the street was begun in 1750, the other three wings round the square inner courtyard were finished ten years later. After a fire in 1927 the back wing was not rebuilt.
Above the gateway you see the coat of arms of Elector Carl Theodor von der Pfalz.
The Temple of Apollo
This temple and the adjacent garden marks the transition from the symmetrical baroque palace garden towards the generous rokoko creation à la "back to nature" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
In order to reach the beautiful temple you have to pass through an artificial grotto. From the Apollo temple you have a great view of both types of garden landscapes. Below the terrace there is a fountain that goes down in terraces - quite different from the other fountains in the palace gardens.
The bannister on the lower terrace has these wonderful suns that are supposed to commemorate the French king Louis XIV - the sun king who resided in Versailles, which was the model for this palace!
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