Bruchsal Travel Guide

  • Bruchsal Palace
    Bruchsal Palace
    by balhannah
  • Bruchsal Palace
    Bruchsal Palace
    by balhannah
  • Bruchsal Palace
    Bruchsal Palace
    by balhannah

Bruchsal Things to Do

  • MECHANICAL MUSIC MUSEUM

    This Museum is included in the price of entry to Bruchsal Palace. It is also located in the Palace.What we are talking about, is a 350 year old history of self-playing musical instruments. The ones on display at the Palace ranged from the 18th to 20th centuries.This would be the best collection I have seen and I loved them all! Violin's, Organ's,...

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  • CORPS DE LOGIS GARDENS

    The palace garden was laid out in 1721, together with the palace. The baroque garden includes terraces, orangery buildings, round basins with fountains, double avenues and parterre areas in French formal style. The garden has been lengthened over the years and four soldiers carrying halberds were added.If you head to where the Swans are, then you...

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  • THE ORANGERIES

    Now, after visiting the inside of the Palace, head to the back where the Orangeries and gardens are located. These are colourful buildings too, but not the same colour as the Palace we have just seen, but painted in green and orange/yellow to symbolize the building's purpose, which was keeping plants warm in winter. The murals on these building's...

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  • TOWN MUSEUM - PENAL SYSTEM

    This was the second part of the Town Museum. We walked out of the other section, and into this smaller area where we first came across and exhibit of the Bruchsal town Prison.We actually saw the huge Prison as we drove into Bruchsal. There was quite an interesting small display. On show was the electric chair, a straight jacket and a guillotine.The...

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  • TOWN MUSEUM IN BRUCHSAL PALACE

    There are two museums in the Palace that are included in the admission price. We visited the Town Museum first, as suggested by the Palace staff. It is located on the third floor of the Palace and documents the history of the Bruchsal region from Stone Age until today. Exhibits are from the Neolithic age through to the Roman's presence, Alliance of...

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  • THE ROOMS IN BRUCHSAL PALACE

    Are you ready for Baroque and Rococo overload? I couldn't live with it, but I do enjoy seeing the opulence of these Palaces. Bruchsal is said to be one of the best, it sure was.I guess the Marble Hall is the most beautiful, but the others were not far behind. Gold overload, chandeliers, painted ceilings, marble pillars, paintings and statues in all...

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  • THE STAIRCASE

    This beautiful Palace was nearly completely destroyed in World War II. Thank-goodness, it has all been reconstructed according to the original design. It was finally completed in 1975. This brings me to the staircase, described as the "finest staircase in the world". Situated in the centre of the Palace, it's what we saw on entry. This sweeping...

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  • ENTRANCE TO BRUCHSAL PALACE

    We parked our car and walked through the Damianstor to the Bruchsal Castle gate and entrance, another impressive entrance.I am afraid it was another wow! ....infact this Palace was full of them, it was beauty at every corner!In-front of me, was the large courtyard [cour d'honneur] of the only Prince-Bishop’s residence on the Upper Rhine. The Palace...

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  • THE DAMIANSTOR

    Heading along one of the roads in Bruchsal, we suddenly come across the amazing sight of a huge Castle like Gate. Wow! It was an impressive entrance!! It was the Damianstor, a gatehouse featuring a low central archway where cars passed through these days, and on either side were two lower wings that were added later. This gate secured entry to the...

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  • Columbia Grafonola de luxe

    For two decades the mechanical music market was dominated by machines using perforated metal disks, but then at the beginning of the twentieth century newer technologies such as the phonograph started gaining ground.During the transition period a company called the Regina Music Box Company of Rahway, New Jersey, USA (an offshoot of the Polyphon...

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  • Palace decorations

    Starting in 1964 the palace decorations were carefully and elaborately restored, using traditional materials and techniques whenever possible.As in the Semper Opera House in Dresden, the apparently marble pillars are not made of marble at all but of plaster that has been carefully painted to look like marble. Only very skilled artisans can do this,...

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  • Peterskirche - by Balthasar Neumann

    The Baroque Church of St. Peter's is a very special church for the city of Bruchsal - partly because it is the work of famous Baroque architect Balthasar Neumann, partly because it is the only church in Bruchsal that survived the heavy bombing of March 1945 undamaged. Underneath its 22 meter high dome lies the royal tomb, the resting place of the...

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  • Town Hall

    Bruchsal's baroque town hall was destroyed in the bombing of March 1, 1945. The new town hall was built in 1954 and shows the typical Fifties style.The coat of arms above the entrance, a silver cross on dark blue ground, is the old coat of arms of the prince bishopric of Speyer, with the addition of a silver circle.Another visit in 2011 (photo 2) ...

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  • Bürgerzentrum

    The Bürgerzentrum (citizens' centre), erected in the 1980's around the medieval castle keep, is the centre of the town's cultural life. The building complex unites the theater, the public library, the Volkshochschule (adult education centre), rooms for congresses, exhibitions and other events, the town archive, the tourist information, and...

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  • Bürgerpark

    The small park behind the Bürgerzentrum offers the best views of the castle keep. It is a new park with some modern sculptures, a playground and some benches to rest - nothing special but a nice place to sit down if the feet are tired.The small pond in the park is marked as "biotope", reeds and other water plants have been planted around it to...

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  • SCHLOSS: Details of the Architecture

    Note the elaborate architectural details of the palace.Photo 1: Chinese dragons serve as gargoyles on the roof of the Corps de logis.Photo 2: A stucco detail on the facade above the main entrancePhoto 3: Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was painted above the entrance door of the Latin school.Photo 4: Wall paintings on the Western facade of the...

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  • Town Centre

    Bruchsal's town centre has mostly post-war architecture. Along the pedestrian malls you'll find a lot of shops that sell about everything and even a small, locally owned department store - the shopping is at a small-town level, though. You'll get what you need, but if you want a wider choice a trip to Karlsruhe, Heidelberg or (best) Mannheim is...

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  • Glockenspiel (carillon) from around 1790

    This is an automatic bell-ringing machine that was made around 1790 in Geneva, Switzerland, by a company called Ferdinand Adler and Sons.The metal drum at the bottom had metal pins or knobs on it corresponding to the different bells. When you rotated the drum, the pins plucked wires which rang the different bells at different frequencies, so as to...

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  • German Mechanical Musical Instrument...

    Admission to this museum in Bruchsal Palace is included in the Palace admission price.After looking around the Palace, we arrived at this museum, in time to catch one of the guided tours (These run 3 times per day) The museum contains 500 instruments and 6,000 Sound Media, and is one of the largest of its kind in the world!Even so, I hadn't...

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  • Bruchsal Palace - "Built, Destroyed,...

    The 5 Euro admission fee gave me access to the Palace, The German Museum of Mechanical Musical instruments, and the Municipal museum, which are all housed in the one building. (Corps de Logis) It was raining when we arrived, so it was nice to find that there were free lockers and coat-hangers to deposit our wet coats, umbrellas and bags etc.At the...

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  • Automatic xylophone, drum and triangle

    Here is a mechanical orchestra including a xylophone, drum and triangle, and probably also a piano at the rear of the cabinet.Similar machines became very popular in public places America in the early twentieth century under the name Nickelodeon, so-called because you had to put a nickel (a 5-cent coin) into the slot to make it play. Nickelodeons...

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Bruchsal Hotels

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  • Hotel Scheffelhoehe

    Adolf-Bieringer-Strasse 20, Bruchsal, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76646, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Dormotel Bruchsal

    Am Mantel 1a, Bruchsal, 76646, de

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Ritter

    Au in den Buchen 73, 83, 92, Bruchsal, Baden-Württemberg, 76646, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Bruchsal Restaurants

  • Lovely pastries and chocolates

    After visiting Bruchsal Palace and its Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, Bernd_L led us all to this Konditorei for hot drinks and pastries.It was a good choice - There was a wide selection of pastries, gateaux, tarts and cakes.This cafe is well established in Bruchsal, and has a reputation for its high quality of products.Apparently a...

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  • Cafe in the Palace Courtyard

    The most remarkable point about the Schlosscafé ist its convenient and pretty location in the palace's main courtyard. The food, however, is hardly average and the service is extremely slow. The Schlosscafé is run by the restaurant "Zum Bären" (see separate tip), which is a really good restaurant, so the poor quality of food in the Schlosscafé is...

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  • Pretty beer garden and good food

    The restaurant "Zum Bären" (Bear) is the best place to eat that I know in town. (Ok I admit that the gastronomy in the town centre is rather scary.) It's a traditional place that offers local cuisine of good quality. Behind the house they have a pretty beer garden.

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Bruchsal Nightlife

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 30, 2008

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    Each summer the local theater group "Die Koralle" are doing open-air performances in the garden at the Belvedere. The building serves as stage setting. I haven't seen a performance, but the ambience is beautiful.

    This year they were doing "The Marriage of Figaro", the play by Beaumarchais. Throughout the year they are performing in the "Theater am Riff" in town, near the cemetery. Many plays are in local dialect.

    The stage at the Belvedere
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Bruchsal Transportation

  • How to get there

    By CarLocated next to the highway A 5 between Heidelberg and Karlsruhe the small town of Bruchsal stands out due to its excellent north-south as well as east-west-connections. By RailRegular rail services (including IC and ICE trains) all stop in Bruchsal – so sit back in comfort and enjoy the journey.It is just a 10 minutes walk from the railway...

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  • S 31 and S 32 - the yellow trams

    Bruchsal is both connected to the Mannheim-Heidelberg (VRN) and the Karlsruhe (KVV) S-Bahn network.The yellow Karlsruhe trams S 31 and S 32 connect Karlsruhe central station with Bruchsal and continue further into the Kraichgau hills to Menzingen resp. Odenheim. Often two tram cars of both lines are connected and will be split up in Ubstadt-Weiher,...

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  • S 3 - the red S-Bahn

    Bruchsal is both connected to the Mannheim-Heidelberg (VRN) and the Karlsruhe (KVV) S-Bahn network.The red VRN S-Bahn, line S 3, runs from Germersheim - Speyer - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim - Heidelberg via Bruchsal to Karlsruhe. It's the fastest local train connection from Karlsruhe. Its only stop in Bruchsal is Hauptbahnhof (central station). From...

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Bruchsal Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 28, 2008

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    March 1, 1945 was a fateful, traumatic day for Bruchsal. An allied air raid destroyed about 80% of the so far unharmed town and killed more than 1,000 people, among them 668 citizens of Bruchsal, in one single night.

    A memorial plate on the Southern wall of the castle keep recalls this event.

    Memorial plate on the castle keep: March 1, 1945
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Bruchsal Off The Beaten Path

  • Welcome to the Stone Age

    On the top floor of Bruchsal's re-built baroque palace, above the German Musical Instrument Museum, there is another museum called the Bruchsal City Museum, which documents the history of the Bruchsal area from the Stone Age to the present time.On the stairs going up to the third floor, visitors are greeted by a life-size cutout of Michi, a Stone...

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  • Baroque Military Barracks in...

    Being an independent territory, the Prince-Bishopric of Speyer had its own army. This impressive military force consisted of 350 soldiers. To accommodated them, Prince Bishop Franz Christoph von Hutten had new army barracks built East of the town in the street that was later named after him. Only the two buildings next to the street, which served...

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  • Huttenstraße: One Baroque Street...

    One street survived the bombing of March 1, 1945 when 80% of the town were destroyed. In Huttenstraße, you can still see what the street of this baroque residence town once looked like. The 18th century houses on both sides are still there.In case you want a healthy takeaway snack, there is a very good wholemeal bakery in the Eastern part of the...

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Destruction and re-building of the palace
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Bruder Selektion carousel organ
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Bruder Orchestrophone
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Barrel organ
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Mechanical violins
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Pianola
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Polyphon disk changer
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Lochmann's metal disk
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Salon organ with extra revolving drums
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Upright player piano with a revolving drum
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German Mechanical Instrument Museum
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Baroque Palace
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SCHLOSS: Baroque Interior
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Stadtkirche: Interior
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Stadtkirche - Church of Our Lady
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Belvedere
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The Castle Keep
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Petersviertel - The Quarter Around Peterskirche
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Cemetery around Peterskirche
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Peterskirche - St Peter's Church
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View from Andreasstaffel
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SCHLOSS: The Palace Gardens
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Turning Back the Clock: Klosterstraße
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