Benrath Palace consist of 3 main buildings (museums) and a huge park - garden with a lake. The museums are of European Garden History, Corps de Logis, and Museum of Natural History. I visited only the first one and I'm so sorry it was forbidden to take pictures inside as there were amazing exponents. It has 2 floors and shows paintings, models, sound effects, movies, sculptures and all you can imagine connected with the garden art. Unfortunately most of the information was in German so I hardly understood it. The weather was so warm and people were outside, enjoying the lovely flowers and grass in the park, where by the way you can see also some herbs and vegetables.
If I remember right the entrance fee was 5 EUR/museum.
The palace (main wing or corps de logis) has only two floors from outside BUT 4 floors from inside.
Although the castle was built as a fun- and hunting palace it was hardly used by his owner.
Nowadays it is used by the land-government to receive VIP-guests like Queen Elisabeth (1965) and Michail Gorbatschow (1988).
On the upper floor of the left wing there are still some residential-flats run by the town. The rent is said to be even cheaper than flats in bad quarters. The right wing accomodated a boy's grammar school until 1982. The girl's grammar school, which I attended, is in reach.
The parc is very beautiful. Don't miss the Orangerie, the place of the previous castle. In the afternoon you can watch Ballet-girls during their lessons. The public librairy is a good place to warm up and to read newspapers free of charge.
For good shots a visit in the morning (AM) or latest at lunchtime is required.
Entrance fee for the palace-building: 4 Euro, Guidance inclusive. Guidance can only partially be held in English. If you ask questions in English, however, you will get a propper reply. Closed on Mondays.
You reach the river Rhine by keeping right (go west) in the parc.
If the tour makes you hungry or thirsty go back to the palace, keep right in direction to the train station. You will pass the suburban shopping street with a market square. You will find butchers (Metzgerei) providing lunch-dishes. Close to the end of the street (Citibank) there is a Budget-restaurant serving local and mixed menues.
The palace of Benrath in the South of Düsseldorf is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! A huge lake in front of it with a fountain, beautiful Baroque buildings as you can see in the picture and a huge park on the back with baroque-style footpaths, hidden huts and lots of spaces for sunbathing.
There is a cafe on the premises and the shopping area of Benrath close by to get some drinks and ice cream - a place to spend lazy summer days in.
... by car from my house I can reach one of the most well maintained palaces in this region. The castle and its parks cover an area of more than 610.000 square meters. It was built in the 18th century.
The gardens are beautifully arranged and there is still the small vegetable garden "Potager" from where the cooks of the palace used to get their herbs and fresh vegetables before.
Strolling around those gardens for hours would be nice if accompanied by somebody you care ...
This palace in Düsseldorf-Benrath was built in 1755. If you like palaces this is the place for you in Düsseldorf. There's a huge garden and forest and a little lake full of ducks next to it. It's very beautiful... if only the hadn't painted the building pink ;-)
I have only been to the beautifully old fashioned palace cafe and to the park. We were here on a very stormy day so as soon as we went into the forest we heard that it was closed because it's too dangerous so we had to return to our car. A wise decision! Many people were killed by trees hitting their cars etc that day!
Schloss Benrath lies on the outskirts of Duesseldorf in Benrath. I have never been inside yet to see any of the three museums, but only ever went for walks in the castle grounds. There is a lake in front of the castle and a big park on the back of it where you can go for lovely walks either around the long canal-shaped lake or in the little square forest beside it.
Schloss Benrath should be a "Maison de Plaisance", a house of happiness as it was built in 1755 as a hunt- and lustcastle. The City Düsseldorf requested castle and park Benrath to become World Heritage Site of the UNESCO. 1996 the park and the whole castle-area got under monumental protection.
Every Wednesday at 16.30 there's a giuded tour through the "Hidden rooms", book a plce one month before you would like to take part 0049(0)211/ 8 99 72 71 (Mo to Fr 10-14 o'clock).
Every 1st Sunday of the month, 14.30 o'clock, guided tour through the Museum für Naturkunde
You can reach the castle with the tram 701, stop Schloss Benrath or train S6, RE1, RE5 to station Benrath, 5 minutes walking
Summer: March 16th to Oktober 31st
Tuesday to Sunday 10 to 18 o'clock
Wednesday until 20 o'clock
Winter: November 1st to März 15th
Tuesday to Sunday 11 to 17
Guided tours: Museum für Europäische Gartenkunst, every sunday, 11 o'clock
Museum für Naturkunde
guided tours by arrangement (0049(0)211-899 7216)
Corps de Logis
Tuesday to Sunday every 30 minutes in the opening time
Private guided tours: arrange Monday to Friday between 10 to 14 (0049(0)211-892 1903)
Another photograph of the palace, which is the representation place of the local government of North Rhine Westfalia. From the air the beautiful pink color could not be seen.
Hell, who said that this castle should be painted in pink....
For me this wasn´t the right color really....as I don´t like it. I liked the lake in front of it though and the huge park behind it....