Schwetzingen Travel Guide

  • Downtown Schwetzingen with bus to Heidelberg
    Downtown Schwetzingen with bus to...
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Schwetzingen Things to Do

  • PARK: Bird Watching

    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....

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  • Schwetzingen Palace and Palace Park

    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...

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  • Schloss - The Palace

    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...

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  • The Palace Gardens = a good place for me

    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...

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  • Statues Statues Statues

    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...

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  • The What Temple?

    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...

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  • The Roman Connection

    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...

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  • PARK: The Cherry Plantage in Bloom

    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...

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  • PARK: Stag Fountain

    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...

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  • PARK: The Mercury Temple

    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.,...

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  • PARK: Greedy Mouths In The Water

    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...

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  • PARK: Squirrel Watching

    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.

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Schwetzingen Restaurants

  • Good Food = great atmosphere

    The Brauhaus is a typical German Beer Hall with very large table seating in the restaurant They have a lovely outdoor patio which offers the same menu. Brauhaus is also a brewery so they specialise in unfiltered freshly brewed beer served from the casks the beer comes in light, dark and wheat varieties. Service is friendly and efficient I had...

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  • Restaurant in the castle

    For visitors of the castle and rococo garden of Schwetzingen let me recommend Café at Schloss Restaurant and Restaurant with a great choice of snacks and meals - always freshly prepared. We had a very great tea banquet in the middle of the afternoon with fantastic cakes and pastry.

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Schwetzingen Transportation

  • Life in the Slow Lane

    You may be surprised to find out that the speed limit for motorists around the Schwetzingen Palace area (downtown) is only 7 km per hour! Don't be surprised if you find cyclists and pedestrians passing you at a higher speed! In order to avoid a traffic ticket keep this speed limit in mind, if you're planning to go to Schwetzingen by car and are...

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  • To Schwetzingen Palace By Train

    Schwetzingen can easily be reached by train. Take the local train between Mannheim and Karlsruhe (you need one of those trains that go via Graben-Neudorf, NOT the S-Bahn S3). These trains run once per hour, in peak times every 30 minutes. From the train station it's a 10 minute walk to the palace. Exit the train station, cross the bus stations and...

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Schwetzingen Local Customs

  • White Asparagus - Why is it important?

    I was amazed to learn that 70,000 tons of White Asparagus is produced in Germany. Most of the asparagus is grown in the area known as the asparagus triangle which includes Mannheim, Hiedelberg and of course its central source around Schwetzingen. The soil is light and sandy and is perfect for moulding around the plants to stop the sunlight from...

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  • They make you wear funny footwear

    The Bath House was built in the eighteenth century and provided the Grand Duke with some private space. The whole interior has been recently renovated so before entering we had to put on a pair of slippers - one size fits all ha ha! I have tiny feet and when I tried walking the slippers kept slipping off - no pun intended. In the end I just had to...

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  • The End of the Earth or just an illusion

    Imagine coming out of your bath to see this scenic place through the colourful arches intwined with ivy and vine. You might think you have been transported to a distant land, Ingrid called it her Patigonia, but our other guide laughed and remarked that it is just an illusion. Well Germany is famed for its Fairy Tales which surprise and delight - as...

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Schwetzingen Warnings and Dangers

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    Before entering the mosque garden, you hva to pass that sculpture! But don't worry, it's a nice friend!

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Schwetzingen Tourist Traps

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    by tessy Updated Mar 31, 2003

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    It's not a real tourist trap, but take care of one of the little white bridge in the castle garden. People will ask you to go over it with closed eyes. As soon as you open your eyes, they will call you a liar. ;-)

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Schwetzingen What to Pack

  • Don't forget your camera

    I usually have a small back pack for holding my rain jacket, bottled water and some snacks. We did a lot of walking so comfortable shoes or walking boots are a must We took lots of pictures so extra film or extra memory card is a good idea.

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  • Bring Comfortable Walking Shoes

    The park is huge, and there is so much to see. Exploring the park and all the buildings in it, excluding the palace, will already take about 3 hours. Of course one could stay much longer. So bring comfy shoes that keep your feet happy during several hours on gravel walks.

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Schwetzingen Off The Beaten Path

  • The Stables

    The former stables, now converted into shops and apartments, are situated in Carl-Theodor-Straße. The wing along the street was begun in 1750, the other three wings round the square inner courtyard were finished ten years later. After a fire in 1927 the back wing was not rebuilt. Above the gateway you see the coat of arms of Elector Carl Theodor...

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  • House of the Ceramics

    The House of the Ceramics is located on the side of the open theatre. This small room is completely covered of ceramics representative Flemish landscapes.

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  • Sculpture: The Claque

    The funny group of applauding claqueurs, which all look alike, is put up on a street corner opposite of the town hall and the catholic church. Interprete this the way you like...The bronze sculpture was created by Guido Messer in the 1980s. Footnote: I just found on Nemorino's Pforzheim page that there is a more or less identical sculpture near...

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Schwetzingen Favorites

  • Animals and Birds in Quiet Places

    I love visiting quiet places where I can get lost in nature and see some local wildlife. Schwetzingen is a perfect place to see both. There are no crowds to disturb the birds or animals. The heron was very still, he probably thought the greenery had camoufaged him. The little otters did draw a crowd and were delightful, the swan ignored everyone as...

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  • Schwetzingen - A Real Gem

    Schwetzingen is a tiny old town nearby Heidlberg and Mannheim. Most people miss coming here in favour of bigger places with more attractions. I enjoyed every thing Schwetzingen had to offer. The town is a quiet, quaint, unhurried little gem. I particularly enjoyed wandering around some very quiet streets. The details on the houses captivated me...

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  • Helpful Links

    When preparing a trip to Schwetzingen the following links might be helpful:in Germanwww.schloesser-magazin.dewww.burgen-und-schloesser.netwww.schwetzingen-aktuell.dehttp://de.wikipedia.org/Schwetzinger_Schlosswww.schwetzingen.dewww.schwetzinger-schlossgarten.dewww.zum.de/Faecher/G/BW/Landeskunde/rhein/swetz..in...

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  • Jan 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Lots of good memories. I visited Schwetzingen nearly 25 years ago! I took a photo between the two "lady lions" (what are they called?)

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      Jan 6, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Welcome to VT! If you ask your question on the Schwerzingen Travel Forum here:

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      I bet someone will be able to tell you about the lady lions! Or you can just use the 'Instant Answers' box directly above your comment. :-)

 
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