Schwetzingen Travel Guide

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Schwetzingen Things to Do

  • PARK: The Lake

    The lake in the back of the park originally used to be a rectangular basin. Only in the early 19th century, i.e. already under the rule of the Grandduke of Baden, it was transformed into a lake with organic shape that matches the principles of English landscape gardening. Points de vue at its ends are the Temple of Mercury in the south and the...

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  • PARK: Minerva Temple

    The little Greek-Roman temple is located on the edge of the big circle in the baroque garden in the southwest, on the way towards the mosque garden. It is a bit hidden among bushes, I only spotted it during my third visit. Court architect and garden director Nocolas Pigage designed it in 1766. The open interior contains a statue of the goddess....

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  • PARK: Arboretum

    The Arboretum was planted in the 1820s, when Schwetzingen was already property of the Granddukes of Baden. The approach was different now: The Arboretum is a botanical garden, a scientific collection of trees. The court gardener assembled trees from all continents, obviously only specieses that would grow in the local climate. There is for example...

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  • PARK: Arion Fountain

    The large fountain in the centre of the baroque circular garden tells the ancient legend of the singer Arion. Arion was the best and most famous singer of his times in ancient Greece. Once he travelled to a singer's competition, which he (of course) won. On the way back, the sailors and captain of his ship robbed his winnings and threw him into the...

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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 late March or early April, when the trees are in bloom, it is a symphony in pink and yellow. One year I was lucky to catch the perfect moment...The beauty does not last long. Only...

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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 : The Temple of Botany

    The Temple of Botany (1778) honours Nature and represents the new interest in natural sciences during the age of Enlightenment. The rough walls of the little round building recall the bark of an oak tree. Two sphinxes guard the entrance.Inside, there is an allegoric statue of Botany, depicted as a beautiful young woman. Stucco reliefs on the wall...

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  • PARK: The Perspective Walk

    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...

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  • PARK: Chinese Bridge

    The bridge across the tiny canal recalls the Orient, which was great fashion throughout the 18th century. Every prince had Chinese decorations, a chinese tea house, a collection of both Asian and European China and so on somewhere in his palace and park. Compared to other parks, for example Pillnitz in Saxony, there are few Chinese elements...

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  • PARK: Apollo Temple

    The Temple of Apollo (1762-1777) resemples ancient Roman round temples. It was built on top of a small, probably artificial hill.Apollo, the god of the sun and the muses, was often interpreted as the image of the good absolutist prince: Like the rays of the sun reach and warm everyone, the reign of the good prince benefits all his subjects...

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  • Guided Tour of Schwetzingen Palace

    The palace in Schwetzingen can be visited with guided tours only. Torus in German start about every hour. Tours in English take place on Sundays, 2 p.m.The rooms inside are fully furnitured. Most of the furniture is, however, not the original furniture of this palace but pieces bought from art trade in recent years. So this is not what the rooms...

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  • 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 Hotels

  • Villa Benz - Hotel Garni

    Zaehringer Strasse 51, Schwetzingen, Baden-Württemberg, 68723, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Ringhotel Adler-Post

    Schlossstrasse 3, Schwetzingen 68723

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Arcadia Hotel Heidelberg

    Carl-Benz-Strasse 1, Schwetzingen, Baden-W�¼rttemberg, 68723, Germany

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Schwetzingen Restaurants

  • Restaurant Blaues Loch

    “Blaues Loch” is a very popular restaurant in the heart of Schwetzingen, next to the castle. On the three occasions when I had dinner or lunch here it was very popular with locals. So far I had my meals in the very charming beer garden. The food was very good, and to my delight they also offer various vegetarian dishes. Some time ago I had pork...

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  • Very good for lunch and dinner, nice...

    “Blaues Loch” is a very popular restaurant in the heart of Schwetzingen, next to the castle. On the three occasions when I had dinner or lunch here it was very popular with locals. So far I had my meals in the very charming beer garden.The food was very good, and to my delight they also offer various vegetarian dishes. Some time ago I had pork...

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  • Microbrewery and Restaurant

    "Zum Ritter" is a microbrewery where they brew their own beer. Since we visited for lunch in the middle of the day we didn't try the beer but i am sure it is excellent, as the products of micobreweries usually are. Next time I surely will... The huge copper brewing kettles are placed in the main beer hall so you can smell and watch while tasting...

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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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    Mosque garden

    by tessy Written Mar 31, 2003

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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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    Take care of the little bridge

    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

  • 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. Absolutely essential and a must-have... You'd regret forever not having it...

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  • 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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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 General

  • 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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