The Tete e Tete. If you are intending to visit southern Germany, then do not miss the bi- annual tete e tete street festival in Rastatt. ( the next one starts 1st June 2010) You need to book accomodation and show tickets well in advance. Once there you will enjoy World wide street theatre and wonderful staged shows.
I have been several times as a guest of the city and enjoyed acts from australia, England, Holland and many other countries. The town comes alive at night with the sound of music and laughter and it made little difference that i speak very little German!!! The food is great and a visit the ice cream restaurant in the centre of town is a must!
Having its own brewary is a great asset and I recommend the local beer.
Fondest memory: The People are friendly, helpful and have a great sence of History. What I miss is the famous white asparagus! The castle and summer palace with their heavy Baroque influence and large selection of Delph Tiles will always remain a good memory, as will the museum in the centre of the city. The city remains true to the past and thanks to its past Oberbergameister Klaus Walker it has rediscovered its history pre 1930's.
Rastatt is one of those baroque residence towns that were planned and built "on the green meadow" by a an absolutist Prince. These new residences consist of a palace with the garden or park on one side and the town on the other, all based on one geometrical master plan, which is still visible in town today. The old town and the palace were not much affected by World War II, most of the architecture is still original.
Rastatt was designed after the model of Versailles around 1700. Note the three radial streets that meet in front of the palace - this is the same structure as in the town plan of Versailles.
The centre of the town is the rectangular market square between the town hall and the church.
Every two years the street theatre tete-a-tete takes place at several locations like the Marketplace, castle's garden, Paradeplatz and many more.
The next will be from 01. bis 06. Juni 2010
Many artists and bands of different countries will perform in several showes. Only in the evening (after 21:00h) you have to pay an entrance fee
You can find closer information on the internet