Pfälzer barok og frankofil elegance: Den pfalziske kurfyrstes slotte

Den pfalziske kurfyrste Carl Theodor elskede luksus og de skønne kunster. Med ham begyndte Kurpfalzs „gyldne tid“, som forplantede sig helt ned til Niederrhein. Digtere som Voltaire og Gotthold Ephraim Lessing søgte inspiration her.

Mannheim Palace

The construction of Mannheim Palace on the Upper Rhine, one of the largest absolutist baroque palaces, began under Elector Carl Philipp in 1720. Building work - including contributions by the eminent Balthasar Neumann and Nicolas de Pigage – continued on the vast palace complex for around 40 years.

Benrath Palace & Park

This splendid building in a suburb of Düsseldorf was designed for Elector Palatine Carl Theodor by Nicolas de Pigage in the 18th century. A vast park covering over 60 hectares stretches away to the south of the palace.

Among the treasures of Schwetzingen Palace are a mosque with Moorish-style domes, a picturesque mock ruin, a bath house in marble and a splendid Apollo temple.

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