Rastatt Off The Beaten Path

  • Plittersdorf - Zeltz ferry
    Plittersdorf - Zeltz ferry
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    THE VILLAGE OF PLITTERSDORF

    by balhannah Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    From Rastatt, we drove along a road past what looked to be flood plain. At the end, was the tiny village of Plittersdorf, located the German side of the River Rhine. It's a very tiny village which dates back to 730AD.
    We found some very large caravan parks in the area which I imagine would be full in summer. We stopped at the park by the Ferry and watched the river traffic on the Rhine. For some unknown reason, a cranky Swan took a dislike to me, I don't know why, I hadn't done a thing to him and there wasn't any nest!

    Located 7kms from Rastatt.

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    PLITTERSDORF - SELTZ FERRY

    by balhannah Written Jun 21, 2013

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    At Rastatt and need to reach France in a hurry, then head to Plittersdorf, for there is a cable ferry that crosses the Rhine.
    There was once an old cable ferry from Seltz to Plittersdorf, put into service by the French army in 1945 to replace a wartime pontoon bridge.
    Now, a new aluminium ferry with three hulls like a trimaran and with a large deck that can carry 70 passengers, 28 bicycles and up to 6 cars outside of the rush hours is working the route. The ferry has no engine and continues to use only the power of the river current to make crossings.

    RUNNING TIMES.
    From April 1 to September 30
    Monday to Friday 6 - 8PM
    Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 6.30 AM - 10PM

    From October 1 to March 31
    Monday to Friday 6 - 8PM
    Saturday Sunday and Bank Holidays 7 - 8PM

    THE CROSSING IS FREE

    Plittersdorf - Zeltz ferry
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    Palace Church of the Holy Cross

    by Kathrin_E Updated Dec 2, 2008

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    Rastatt's finest, most interesting and most valuable church has to be classified as Off the beaten path because it is hardly ever open to visitors. The delicate interior is in need of restoration and is thus shut away. I once had the chance to see it during a convention of art historians that took place in the palace. Apologies for the bad quality of the interior photos - it was rather dark inside and flash was forbidden altogether, only extensive photoshopping made details at least visible.

    Margravine Sibylla Augusta, who had the church built, was both a lively baroque princess and a devoted catholic. From time to time she withdraw from the court for a while to undergo repentance and prayer. Her palace church, which also became her burial place, was directly connected to her living quarters.

    The church was designed by court architect Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer and built in 1720-1723. The most precious materials were used for all parts of the interior. A private chapel for sacred relics and a Scala Sancta, a sacred staircase according to the model in Rome, are connected with it. The ceiling fresco of the church depicts the legend of the Finding of the Cross by Empress Helena in the 4th century - pious Sibylla Augusta had herself portrayed as Saint Helena.

    The original interior is completely preserved, including the embroidered tapestries still in situ on the walls and pillars.

    Ceiling fresco of the palace church Interior of the palace church Margravine Sibylla Augusta portrayed as St Helena Facade of the palace church
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    Reithalle - Riding Hall

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 2, 2008

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    The former military riding hall is about 100 years old and belonged to army barracks on Ludwigsfeste, opposite the train station. After restoration works it has been reopened to the public in summer 2008. The building contains two halls that are now used for theater, concerts and other events. One of them can also be rented for private festivities.

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