Schwetzingen Things to Do

  • Parrots feasting on young chestnut leaves
    Parrots feasting on young chestnut...
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    Another view of the Schwetzingen Palace...
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    Schwetzingen, Palace with Park
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    PARK: Bird Watching

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 29, 2012

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    During a walk in the park, watch out for birds. Already in the 18th century several kinds of exotic birds were kept in the park. In addition to these, a lot of wild local species have invaded the trees, shrubs, lawns and ponds. In modern times the protected park has become a nature refuge. Bird lovers may experience some surprising encounters. Often they allow you to come close if you move carefully. Have your camera ready.

    Since I had just returned from a journey to Australia a certain noise up in the trees sounded familiar and didn't upset me much at first - till I remembered: You are not in Western Australia but in Baden-Württemberg... Indeed, there was a flock of small green parrots above me! They are semi-wild and live happily in the trees of the park.

    More pictures, and the story of the Swans and Auntie Goose, on my "Birds in the Park" travelogue page.

    Parrots feasting on young chestnut leaves Family of swans on the Mosque lake
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    Schwetzingen Palace and Palace Park

    by Aunt_Bertha Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    The baroque palace and the extremely beautiful palace park are well worth a visit. The park is a landscaping delight and a very relaxing place for walking around. For an even greater relaxation effect sit down on a bench once in a while and admire different areas of the park. According to the season you'll come across all sorts of interesting (even exotic) plants and lovely flowers.

    Of course, such beauty has it's price, and unlike most palace gardens in Germany, the entrance to the Schwetzingen Palace and park is not completely free.

    Admission fee for both the palace and the park is € 9,-- in the summer and € 7,-- in the winter.
    Admission fee for the park only is € 5,-- in the summer and € 3,-- in the winter.

    Opening hours are 9:00 - 19:30 in the summer and 9:00 - 16:30 in the winter.

    Schwetzingen, Palace with Park Another view of the Schwetzingen Palace Park
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    Schloss - The Palace

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Palace was built in the 17th. Century and was the Summer Residence of the Palinate Electors - Karl Phillipp and Carl Theodor. Back in history it became a place for fun and relaxation for Royals. It is said Mozart visited here when still a child to play his music for Royal Ears. Today the Palace has seen much restoration work which was carried out between 1976 and 1991. The Schwetzingen Mozart Festival was advertised when we visited, this musical festival is held annually in September through to October. Another musical festival is also staged here in late April to early June. The Palace and Garden recently applied to UNESCO to be included as a heritage site. There were no big crowds when we visited but the pending decision could see the masses descend on Schwetzingen
    Opening times Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
    Saturday - Sunday 13.00 - 17.00
    Ticket prices - Palace & Garden 6.50 eu

    Schloss Blue Gate The little moat Festivals
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    The Palace Gardens = a good place for me

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I just love nature and natural beauty so no surprises to find me wandering through these beautiful gardens. The gardens were designed by architects Nicolas de Pigage and Fredrich Ludwig Sckelll at the request of Elector Carl Theodor, who like me, loved to relax in wonderful surroundings. Two styles merge in the gardens, the symmetrically designed French Baroque and the natural landscaped Engish style. A pleasant time was spent here just meandering around in the late Autumn sunshine with two very nice locals - sharing the magical autumn colours with us. The garden is said to be Schwetzingen's Versailes - I wouldn't know if it is or not = one thing I'm sure of is that it is a real German Gem
    Opening times - Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 17.00
    Saturday - Sunday 13.00 - 17.00
    Ticket price Garden 4.00 eu

    Trees at Attention Crimson Arches The Serpent Great Designs The Weeping trees
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    Statues Statues Statues

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Palace Garden showcases nature in wonderous forms but here you will also find some great art work in the form of statues. The 'Golden Girls', as I called them, will be the first and last you see, they stand near the palace. The stags with the hunting dogs are amazing. The stags spout out water while being mauled by the dogs - this intriqued me but I assume they were possibly designed in this macarbe manner to show a past connection with hunting. Not far from the stags sits another watery figure, I couldn't decide what I liked best = the sparkling white statue or the fine cut of the hedge. My favourite statue was the bronze boy getting positively soaked from the man made raindrops.

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    The What Temple?

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What a surprise to find Apollo's Temple here in Schwetzingen's gardens. The Apollo Temple is impressive with its polished white marble statue of Apollo inside. The gold centre piece on the ceiling portrays the significance of the Sun God as does the Sun Kings on the decorative fences. The Apollo Temple has an unusual fountain reminiscent of stone steps with cascading water. When entering the Temple be prepared to walk through an underground cavern before reaching the Sun God. The view of the gardens are particularly impressive from the Temple.

    Apollo Temple Serenity Golden Sun The Sun Kings Going Underground
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    The Roman Connection

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Palatinate Electors, known as the Palatine of the Rhine, were members of the electoral college and their purpose was to elect the Holy Roman Emperors. This custom had already vanished long before the Roman Aquaduct was built. Maybe it was built as a reminder to these times and the Royal ties with the Roman Empire. I can see why the Roman Temple is a favourite place for children to scramble around. I love ruins, they evoke thoughts of romance and a kind of magical and mysterious look back at the past = or maybe I just love old things.........

    The Temple Through the trees The surroundings
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    PARK: The Cherry Plantage in Bloom

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 9, 2009

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    Kirschplantage is a large rectangular field north of the Mosque garden which is planted with rows of Japanese cherries. The lawns in between are full of daffodils. In April, when the trees are in bloom, it is a symphony in pink and yellow. This year I was lucky to catch the perfect moment...

    Cherry plantage Cherry plantage Cherry plantage Cherry plantage
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    PARK: Stag Fountain

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The stag fountain in the central axis marks the end of the baroque parterres. It refers to Schwetzingen's function as hunting palace. Both Elector Carl Theodor and his wife Elisabeth Auguste were affentionate hunters. A cruel hobby. Baroque court hunts often took place in enclosures so that the animals had no chance to escape and must be described as blood baths.

    The fountain was already projected in 1753 but not carried out until 1767. Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, the court sculptor, made the two animal groups, each with a stag being overpowered by a pack of staghounds.

    Stag fountain Stag fountain Stag fountain
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    PARK: The Mercury Temple

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The so-called Temple of Mercury was built on an artificial hill in 1784/88. The temple was positioned as point de vue in the view axis from both the Mosque and the Chinese bridge.
    Court architect Nicolas de Pigage designed it as a ruin to create the impression of an ancient Roman building. A grave tower near Capua, built in the 1st century A.D., served as example.

    The ruin architecture with its fake traces of decay causes a lot of maintenance problems. At the moment the building is closed and under under scaffolding. Repair works are necessary.

    Temple of Mercury Temple of Mercury
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    PARK: Greedy Mouths In The Water

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 12, 2008

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    If you stand on a bridge and look down into the water of a canal or pond, you may notice these greedy, wide open mouths begging silently but unmistakably for food...

    Animals in such public places quickly learn to expect food from visitors. Begging is so much easier than searching for food in their natural habitat. Even the carps in the ponds have found out.

    Too many ignorant people believe they do wild animals a favour by feeding them unhealthy and unnatural food like bread, biscuits or worse. Considering the amounts of, from the points of view of the animals, junk food they swallow every day, they MUST get sick. Please do not feed the birds, fish, and other animals.

    Greedy carp mouths asking for food Carp Carp begging for food Carp begging for food
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    PARK: Squirrel Watching

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 12, 2008

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    Squirrels are everywhere in the park. Thea are shy and will run away quickly, though, so approach slowly and carefully. Observing them is fun, especially in autumn when they collect nuts, cones, chestnuts and other seeds from the trees. You'll notice two varieties, red and dark ones.

    Red squirrel
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    PARK: The Roman Water Castle

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    The castle was to resemble ancient Roman buildings as to be seen in Italy - it was built in 1779 as an artificial ruin.

    Climb up, the top provides a nice view of the surrounding garden parts and the aqueduct. The stairs are safe and solid, no matter how crumbled the building looks.

    Castle ruin Castle ruin Castle ruin and obelisk View from the castle Castle ruin
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    PARK: The Perspective Walk

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Beyond the Birds' Bath you enter a very long treillage tunnel that seems to lead towards a distant river landscape. This place is also known as The End of the World.

    Look carefully. All this is a perspective trick. The tunnel is not as long as it seems, it gets narrower towards the end. The enchanting landscape is painted on a concave wall at the end.

    The Perspective Walk The landscape painting at the end The trick: landscape painting seen from the side
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    Orangerie

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The Orangerie was built by Pigage in 1716, initially to recover the plants during the winter months, but it was almost immediately used as festival room.
    Pigage used natural stone in the facade and there are stautes of three seasons (the fourth is missing). Nowaday in the Orangerie you can see the original statues of gardens.

    Orangerie Orangerie Orangerie Orangerie Orangerie
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