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Karlsruher Str. 1, Schwetzingen, Baden-Württemberg, 68723, Germany
More about Schwetzingen
Schwetzingen asparagus market
Wild boar hunt on fountain near Apollo temple
Travel Tips for Schwetzingen
Animals and Birds in Quiet Places
I love visiting quiet places where I can get lost in nature and see some local wildlife. Schwetzingen is a perfect place to see both. There are no crowds to disturb the birds or animals. The heron was very still, he probably thought the greenery had camoufaged him. The little otters did draw a crowd and were delightful, the swan ignored everyone as swans do, but the one who stole the show was the tiny red squirrel. Yes little town, your wildlife is perfect. We have very few red squirrels in Scotland and it was a lovely surprise to meet one here in the gardens = my husband was so proud and delighted to capture one on camera - so not only a memory but a visual one we can both look back on.
White Asparagus - Why is it important?
I was amazed to learn that 70,000 tons of White Asparagus is produced in Germany. Most of the asparagus is grown in the area known as the asparagus triangle which includes Mannheim, Hiedelberg and of course its central source around Schwetzingen. The soil is light and sandy and is perfect for moulding around the plants to stop the sunlight from turning the vegetable green. It is known as the Royal Vegetable also Spargel in German. I thought it funny when I found out white asparagus heralds the beginning of Spring here in Schwetzingen - a vegetable equivelant of a crocus = a good reason for the Asparagus Festival held here in this old town every Spring.
A Walk Through the Town Centre
The centre of this little town has some hidden, though not spectacular, beauties to discover. If your feet allow after a long excursion through the palace gardens, check out the side streets in town, too. Or have a rest in one of the many outdoor cafes.
The Asparagus Seller
The bronze sculpture in Schlossplatz is a monument to this region's famous vegetable: white asparagus. The area around Mannheim, Schwetzingen, Heidelberg, Bruchsal with its sandy soils is one of Germany's big producers of asparagus.
The asparagus season starts in April, depending on the weather, and ends on St John Baptist, June 24. After midsummer the shoots must be allowed to grow out and create leaves, otherwise the plant will die.
Asparagus season is celebrated as some kind of cult. All restaurants offer special asparagus dishes. Every club or group will organize a "Spargelessen" at a restaurant, a social event that mainly involves, well, eating asparagus.
(I have to admit that I cannot stand asparagus, feeding it to me is a total waste. Evading these gatherings sometimes isn't easy...)
Note the cute doggie!
The What Temple?
What a surprise to find Apollo's Temple here in Schwetzingen's gardens. The Apollo Temple is impressive with its polished white marble statue of Apollo inside. The gold centre piece on the ceiling portrays the significance of the Sun God as does the Sun Kings on the decorative fences. The Apollo Temple has an unusual fountain reminiscent of stone steps with cascading water. When entering the Temple be prepared to walk through an underground cavern before reaching the Sun God. The view of the gardens are particularly impressive from the Temple.