Palatinate baroque and French elegance – the palaces of the Palatinate Electors

The Palatinate Elector Carl Theodor adored luxury and the fine arts. He ushered in a Golden Age for the lands that he ruled, which extended as far as the Lower Rhine. This region provided inspiration for poets such as Voltaire and Lessing.

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.

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.

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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