I didn’t have time to do a tour of the building on my last visit to the town - too tired from cycling 24 km before lunch and getting ready for another 24km on the return trip.
I did wander into the impressive courtyard and out onto the sunny terrace. It all looked great, and I’ve made a mental note (now down in writing) to check out the interior sometime.
Its a Renaissance palace, built for Pfalzgraf (Count Palatine) Ottheinrich (1502-1559). It contains the State Gallery of Flemish Art with works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis van Dyck and Jan Brueghel.
The question remains - when is a Schloß a castle, and when is it a palace?
Just wandering about the old town is a real pleasure. It's not big, and won't take you long. But that means you have time to explore up a few side streets!
Some wonderful buildings. A sedate, chilled out atmosphere.
Great on a sunny spring day, or a freezing December one.
The views from here looking back toward the walled town is very good. The garden is not much to speak about, at all. There are some paths trailing through the trees, but not much color and it looks to be remote
This is worth maybe 1/2 hour if you stretch it out. There is not much inside to see or do, but has some relics of folk of the Medieval period and also 1800's. Entry is 2 Euro and it is open 10-5PM daily in summer months.
This is the major former entry into the old town through the walls. Today it still is for that, but few vehicles are allowed inside. It was constructed in 14th century, but rebuilt in 1541 (still old). Tow towers flank the gate and they were watchtowers. The crest of Oberes Tor is seen in picture
This square appears small in some regards, but it is compact with a number of fine structures of BAroque style. Besides the CAtholic church, there is the town hall, Stadttheater, Hofapotheke, library of the ages factoids. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery and eat somewhere there.
This church dates back to 1608 and is located in the Karlsplatz; next to the palace entry. It was completed in 1627, intending to be Protestant. but before that it was given to Jesuits in 1617, and it became CAtholic
The entry fee is 5,50 Euro to the museum, which is seeing the palace rooms and furnishings, but also a number of great exhibits of paintings, religious artifacts, archaeology, and living items of the people and gentry. It is a great tour taking about 2 hours minimum.
This is one of the most elaborate and decorative palaces from a long way around here. It is filled with good furnishings as if the family still lives here today. The ceilings of frescoes and wood adorn the interior. There are a number of archaeological artifacts. The most impressive is the two floors of Flemish art from mid 1500-1700's by many famous painters. No pictures allowed except for the very large mural paintings on the top floor, and they are magnificent.
Otto Henry, the Ducal ruler had this palace built 1530-45. It was added 1655-70 for an east wing and two round towers by Phillip William, ruler of Palatine area. Afterword the chapel was added in 1607 and the town hall 1603. The palace sits in the middle of the town that is walled around. It has a lot of Baroque style architecture, even though the palace is Renaissance. Now the palace has museums and a very great art collection of works mostly in Middle ages and beyond; 1500-1700. Not to be missed is an excellent grotto that is at the end of a corridor, or enter from outside.
The palace is open 9-6PM April through September and 10-4PM other months. Fee is 5,50 Euro
It’s a hunting palace/lodge/castle dating from about 1530. It’s about 7km east of town. Pretty.
I was there for a dinner - you can rent the main hall for a private party and get a catering company to take care of the arrangements. Nice.
It will forever have a place in the annals of the life story of this VTer, as the venue for my maiden speech in German. 15 minutes about the meaning of life. June ’12. I didn’t speak a word of German until I started a beginners class in October 11. Toughest 15 minutes for a long time - not nerves, but the concentration required to get the pronunciation right. Achievement.
This the old city gate, so I assume. You can drive all the way through this to the old city and luckily you can even found parking place, but it will cost a lot and I would recommend leaving the car further away and take a walk to the old city.
Walk by the Danube River, one of the nicest and longest rivers of Europe is passing here in the middle of this small city. It is great just to walk by the river and you can take a break by sitting on a bench somewhere or in café terrace.
This church is looking not to be open at all, but maybe on weekends? The onion dome looks "cool", and if it is open, entry is in the rear of parking lot
It is called the Studentkirche, and has been for over 300 years, dating back to 1700 range. It is still used for the future preachers to be for prayer sessions and attendance on Sundays