Pfalz-barock och franskinspirerad elegans: Den pfalziske kurfurstens slott

Den pfalziske kurfursten Carl Theodor älskade lyx och de sköna konsterna. Med honom började ”guldåldern” i furstendömet Kurpfalz, som sträckte sig ända till Niederrhein. Här fann författare som Voltaire och Gotthold Ephraim Lessing sin inspiration.

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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