Neues Schloss (New Castle) and Schlossplatz, Stuttgart
The Neues Schloss is very reminiscent of the palaces of nearby France. This is due to Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg wanting to create a new Versailles in Stuttgart. The design had a great French influence too. It was started by Leopoldo Retti in 1746, continued by Philipe de la Guepiere of Paris, before being completed in 1807 by Nikolaus von Thouret, to become the noble residence. It was rebuilt again between 1958 and 1968 after war damage.
Today it is used by the state government of Baden-Württemberg. The central part of the palace contains the rooms for the representatives, while the wings host two ministries.
Entry to the building costs 7.60 euros.
This tranquil and open space proves a welcome relief from the intense hustle and bustle of the adjacent Konigstr. The square sits basking in the glory of the enormous neo-classical Neues Schloss, with two fountains flanking the central Jubilaeumssaule, a great towering monument erected to celebrate the 25th anniversary of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg’s accession to the throne.
From the square you can head east into the Oberer Schlossgarten, north onto Konigstrasse, or south to the Altes Schloss and the Stiftskirche. You can also access the Kunstgebaude (House of Art), which fronts onto Schlossplatz.
The Neues Schloss was built in 1807 on a project of Leopoldo Retti as residence palace of the royal family. Today the New Castle is the home of the ministries of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government and representation rooms.
Königsbau is the seat of the Stuttgart stock exchange. It was built in 1860 in the Late Classical style of architecture by Johann Michael Knapp and Christian Fridrich Leins. It has got a colonaded frontage 135 m long with 26 Ionic columns and two Corinthian porticos in the form of a Greek temple.
Schlossplatz is the heart of Stuttgart and give its name to the Neues Schloss. In the middle of the square there is the Jubilaumssaule (column of the jubilee) which was erected for the 25th anniversary of William I.
The Column to King Wilhelm erected in the middle of the 19th century stands in the center of the city opposite the New Castle and is seen from a distance.
The Column is a manifestation of the people's love and loyalty to their kings.
Visiting Neues Schloss - the New Castle - is a must for tourists coming to Stuttgart for the first time.
You can admire its pavements, fountains and the interior of the castle.
We were lucky enough to be taken inside the castle and to see the marble walls and sculptures, pictures and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The New Castle is a U-shaped building that was built during the period of 1746 to 1807, due to it being virtually destroyed during the second world war it had to be rebuilt (1958-64).
The Building contains over 365 rooms and shows off various styles such as Baroque, Rococo, Classical and Empiral. Today, the Building is home to Baden-Württemberg's State Government.
Around the main square, obvious massive building is the Stuttgart Post Office. Its a magnificent building with column, lots of al fresco cafe setup around the area to enjoy cool air at the square. That plenty of souvenir stall around the area as well.
Must step in and see.
Stuttgart main square was the classic tourist attraction in the city. Main reason is that, the new palace (Neues Schloss), once belongs to King Friedrich I and Wilhelm I, now is the State Finance & Culture Building. The original palace were actually destroyed during the WWII, and now is a new structure built similar to the old one in the 70's
This column I think is very impressive, right in front of Neues Schloss. It was erected in 1841 commemorating the Silver Jubilee of King Wilhelm I
Go up and look closely at the base of the column, where you will see
Building of this magnificent building began in 1746, and was finished in 1807 after three architects had their input. It was rebuilt between 1958 and 1968.
Currently the palace contains room for representatives of the state government and 2 ministries.
I loved just walking around the square in front of the palace admiring its architecture while also people watching. Many people were sat around relaxing in the sunshine on the grassy areas.
Here's a closer look at the Art Building (Kunstgebäude), from the Castle Park. The sculpture on the top of the cupola is a golden stag.
They used to have art exhibits here, one of which I went to a couple years ago, but it has been closed on my recent visits, except for the Café Künstlerbund in the southwest corner of the building.
If you enlarge this photo you should be able to make out a building with a green cupola behind a row of trees. This is the "Art Building", which was originally built from 1910 to 1913. Like most of Stuttgart, it was destroyed during the Second World War, but was rebuilt from 1956 to 1961.
The Art Building is the home of the Württemberg Art Society (Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart).
As you have probably guessed, I took the photo from the roof of the tower at the University of Music and Performing Arts.
Stuttgart’s „New Castle“ is at the other end of the same reflecting pond that reflects the Opera House.
This late baroque castle was built in the years 1746-1797 and 1805-1807 as the official residence of the kings of Württemberg.
It was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, but was re-built 1958-1964. It now houses ministries of the state government of Baden-Württemberg.