Rastatt Travel Guide

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    Rastatt Palace entrance
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    Rastatt Palace
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    Plittersdorf - Zeltz ferry
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Rastatt Things to Do

  • RATHAUS

    This attractive historic Rathaus had the foundation stone laid in 1721. Since then, there has been alterations and additions over the years. Originally, the ground floor was an open hall and accessible through the walled arcades from all sides, now these arcades are bricked in. It has a clock tower and is located in the large open square.The City...

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  • JOHN OF NEPOMUK FOUNTAIN

    This is another Fountain in the Town Square, a counterpart to Alexiusbrunnen front of City Hall. The Johannes Nepomuk Fountain was originally a deep well. The Holy Nepomuk is Bohemian, the homeland of the Margravine Sibylla Augusta, [who built & lived in Rastatt Palace]. In 1893, the fountain was completely restored and the elaborate wrought-iron...

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  • THE ALEXIUSBRUNNEN

    There are a few fountains located in the Town square of Rastatt.My first photo is of the Alexiusbrunnen. This one was built because in 1723 and 1728, Rastatt was hit by quite huge earthquake's that destroyed parts of the city. The Fountain and statue of the "Holy Alexius of Edessa," the patron saint against earthquakes, lightning and storms, was...

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  • MILITARY MUSEUM

    The Military museum was included in the entry price of our visit to Rastatt Palace. The Museum is located in the Southern wing of the Palace, so we came out of the Palace and went straight into the museum. Inside, were displays of weapons which date from medieval times through to the present. I thought the display of uniforms and especially the...

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  • ST.ALEXANDER'S CHURCH

    Across the square from the Rathaus, stood a Catholic church, known as St. Alexander. In 1701 the foundations for the Catholic parish church were laid. The Church wasn't consecrated until 1764.On a wet day, I didn't get a photo of the outside, which has four statues and is built out of red sandstone. I was able to venture inside, and I feel it is...

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  • RASTATT WATER TOWER

    The tall Water Tower looked like it should have been part of a Castle wall. It could be seen from most places in Rastatt. In the 18th century, Rastatt had a well house which fed the fountains of the city via a tube system. As Rastatt grew, the demands on water grew, so in 1901 this 22 metre high water tower was built.

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  • EINSIEDELN CHAPEL

    The Einsiedeln Chapel has a story to tell.The Margrave of Baden had a chapel built in Einsiedeln, Switzerland in 1710. She visited the site on many occasions to pray, as her first born, Crown Prince Ludwig Georg couldn't talk. On one trip, the 6 year old Prince uttered his first words.Later, the Margrave and family moved to Rastatt, so she had a...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    If you find the Rastatt Palace, then you have found the Information centre, as it is located in part of the Palace that is at street level. This is where we met our guide for our tour of the Castle. It is also where you buy tickets for visiting the Palace.We were early so I had a look around the centre, finding quite a number of brochures on...

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  • RASTATT RESIDENTIAL PALACE-THE INSIDE

    Our guide unlocked the Palace door and led us to one of the two decorated staircases that led to the banqueting hall. On either side of the banqueting hall, overlooking the gardens, are the state rooms, which are lavishly decorated.As mentioned in a previous tip, NO PHOTO'S WERE ALLOWED, so I asked if I could take one of the gardens from the...

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  • RASTATT RESIDENTIAL PALACE-THE OUTSIDE

    When the town of Rastatt was planned, so were the palace and gardens, so you will find the Palace in the centre of Rastatt.Plenty of parking was available at the front of the Palace entrance, we just had to buy a ticket from the parking machine to put in the car window.Next, was to the Tourist information centre located in part of the Palace, to...

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  • SCHLOSS FAVORITE - THE INSIDE

    Before entering the Schloss, there is an entrance board with the prices. Just inside the door were some exhibition pictures, then a little further on the tiny gift shop where we paid our entrance fee.I was disappointed when told NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED and that we had to go through the Schloss ON A TOUR Luckily another couple arrived, and a small group...

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  • SCHLOSS FAVORITE - THE OUTSIDE

    Schloss Favorite is the oldest of the German so-called 'Porcelain Palaces,' and the only to survive intact to this day. All we had to do was find it, as it's located on the outskirts of Rastatt. This was easy as the road to the Schloss was signposted well. On arrival, we parked at the large FREE CAR-PARK, then followed the signs that led past the...

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  • FAVORITE: The Park

    The once baroque park has in large parts been redesigned as a landscape garden with beautiful old trees, a pond, lawns and waterflows. The wide central alley with the accompanying orangerie wings and the side alleys are remains of the baroque design. The four little houses along the oblong axis served as accommodation for the court chevaliers (the...

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  • FAVORITE: The Hermitage

    Baroque life had two sides - the luxurious life at court, the abundance and pleasure on one hand, the fear of death and devote piety on the other. The 'other side' was present in Sibylla Augusta's way of life, too. In a corner of the park she had her spiritual retreat, the Hermitage with the chapel of St Magdalena, built in 1717. The Margravine was...

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  • FAVORITE: The Exhibition on the Gardens

    A small exhibition presents the history and development of the gardens around Favorite palace. One model shows the original baroque garden, the second model shows the landscape garden as it is today, so you can compare how design and fashion have changed.The exhibition is located in the head pavillon of the eastern (right) orangerie, at the end...

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  • FAVORITE: The Palace

    Sibylla Augusta's summer palace was begun in 1710. Court architect Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer created the plans. The palace became the Margravine's favourite place to live whenever she could get away from the court in Rastatt. Here she enjoyed the pleasures of a princess's life, here she kept her collections of porcelaine and other arts. The...

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  • Pagodenburg and Maria-Einsiedeln Chapel

    The tiny little palace is located on a terrace above the river Murg. It was built in 1722-1724 outside the boundaries of the town. The architect Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer designed it as a tea-house for Margravine Sibylla Augusta. It follows the model of the Pagodenburg in the park of Nymphenburg palace in Munich. Not much of it resembles a...

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  • FAVORITE: General Info

    Favorite was the summer palace of the Margraves of Baden-Baden who resided in Rastatt. Margravine Sibylla Augusta, who reigned after the death of her husband as proxy for her young son, had it begun in 1710. Her "favourite" sojourn also hosted her collections of porcelaine and other art from East Asia she collected. The palace is surrounded by a...

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  • Rastatt Palace

    Rastatt Palace is the oldest baroque residence on the Upper Rhine. built from 1700 to 1707. Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden-Baden, the so-called "Türkenlouis" (Turkish Louis) because he gained fame as a general in the late 17th century wars against the Turks, founded the new residence town in 1700. Since his old residence Baden-Baden had been...

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall closes the western end of the market square, opposite of the parish church. It was built by Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer and Johann Peter Ernst Rohrer in 1750. The gable bears the coat of arms of the town, the golden Weinleiter or locally Raste, a frame that was used to carry the grape buckets during the wine harvest. The town's...

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  • Catholic Church Of St Alexander

    The town's parish church of St Alexander closes the eastern side of the rectangular market square. The baroque church was already planned and begun during the first planning process of palace and town in 1701/1702 but construction works were not continued until around 1740. The present church was finally completed in 1756-1765. The original...

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Rastatt Hotels

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  • St. Bernhard

    An der Ludwigfeste 50, Rastatt, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76437, Germany

    Good for: Business

  • Engel Hotel & Gasthaus

    Kaiserstrasse 65, Rastatt, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76437, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel am Kulturplatz

    Am Schlossplatz 7, Rastatt, Baden-Württemberg, 76437, Germany

    Good for: Couples

Rastatt Restaurants

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    Rheinstrom Restaurant

    by balhannah Written Jun 21, 2013

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    We were staying at the Rheinstrom Hotel so decided to have our evening meal there too!
    We both had the Rump steak, which was very large and tender. Coming with the steak, was a large plate of chips and another plate of salad.
    The meal was much too large for me, which was a shame because there was nothing wrong with it, all was cooked to perfection.
    The price for this large meal was only 14.8 euros, very reasonable!

    The Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
    It must be good when locals come for a meal!
    Sorry, I forgot to take a photo!

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Rastatt Transportation

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    A bunch of VTers on the tram to Rastatt

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 2, 2008

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    Rastatt is connected with both Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden by frequent train and tram connections. KVV tickets are valid. The town centre is small and easily walkable from the train station.

    Trains:
    All regional trains on the route between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden stop in Rastatt, including the IRE trains to/from Konstanz.

    Trams:
    S 4 Karlsruhe - Rastatt - Baden-Baden - Achern
    S 41 Karlsruhe - Rastatt - Murg valley - Freudenstadt - Eutingen
    S 31 / S 32 Menzingen/Odenheim - Bruchsal - Karlsruhe - Rastatt - Baden-Baden or Forbach

    Trains take less than 15 minutes, trams about 20 minutes from Karlsruhe to Rastatt.

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Rastatt Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Dec 2, 2008

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    Rastatt's Christmas market takes place in Marktplatz (market square) in the heart of the town. It is not big but the atmosphere in the baroque square is cosy.
    The Glühwein is good, and we got excellent grilled sausages, thin, crispy and 1/2 m long. If you like hot and spicy food, try the Feuerwurst, if not, stick to Rostbratwurst. Glühwein is cheaper than in Karlsruhe!

    The Christmas market opens before the first Advent weekend and closes on the fourth Advent Sunday (2008: Dec 21).

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Rastatt Off The Beaten Path

  • THE VILLAGE OF PLITTERSDORF

    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...

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  • PLITTERSDORF - SELTZ FERRY

    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...

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  • Palace Church of the Holy Cross

    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...

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Rastatt Favorites

  • Tet e Tete and all that!

    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...

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  • The Baroque Town Plan

    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...

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  • Tete-a-tete

    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...

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