• Schwetzingen Palace, outdoor theatre at the Apollo temple
    Schwetzingen Palace, outdoor theatre at the Apollo temple ©DZT/Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Referat Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten (Mark Wohlrab)
  • Bückeburg Palace, gilded carvings in the chapel
    Bückeburg Palace, gilded carvings in the chapel ©DZT/Schloss Bückeburg (Mark Wohlrab)
  • Rheinsberg Palace
    Rheinsberg Palace ©DZT (Klaus u. Dirk Lehnartz GbR)
  • Benrath Palace and Park
    Benrath Palace and Park ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • Heidelberg Castle, ruins and clock tower
    Heidelberg Castle, ruins and clock tower ©DZT/Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Referat Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten (Mark Wohlrab)
  • Burghausen/ Salzach – longest castle in the world
    Burghausen/ Salzach – longest castle in the world ©DZT (Ernst Wrba)
  • Nuremberg's Kaiserburg Castle by night
    Nuremberg's Kaiserburg Castle by night ©BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH
  • Sögel, Clemenswerth Hunting Lodge
    Sögel, Clemenswerth Hunting Lodge
  • Augsburg, Golden Hall in the town hall
    Augsburg, Golden Hall in the town hall ©imago (imagebroker)
  • Gotha, Friedenstein Palace
    Gotha, Friedenstein Palace ©DZT/Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten (Bildarchiv Monheim)
  • Ludwigsburg Palace, baroque stately home
    Ludwigsburg Palace, baroque stately home ©DZT/Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Ref. Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten (Ernst Wrba)
  • Stolpen, Stolpen Castle
    Stolpen, Stolpen Castle ©DZT/Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen (Klaus Schiekel)
  • Weikersheim Palace, gardens and orangery
    Weikersheim Palace, gardens and orangery ©DZT/Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Ref. Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten (Ernst Wrba)
  • Mannheim Palace
    Mannheim Palace ©panthermedia
  • Koblenz, Stolzenfels Castle overlooking the Rhine
    Koblenz, Stolzenfels Castle overlooking the Rhine ©DZT/Burgen, Schlösser, Altertümer Rheinland-Pfalz (Mark Wohlrab)
  • Weimar, palace and bridge
    Weimar, palace and bridge ©DZT/Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten (Bildarchiv Monheim)

Periods and styles – on a journey back through the centuries

Architectural monuments that bear witness to history and times of change are among Germany's finest attractions. Each one holds an appeal which is impossible to resist. But who would want to resist anyway?

Admire, appreciate and enjoy. Visiting Germany's palaces, castles, cathedrals, parks and historical towns and cities gives you an insight into the customs and cultures of past times.

Renaissance splendour, baroque opulence, the flamboyance of rococo and the strictly ordered elegance of neo-classicism. Each architectural style you encounter has a character and charm all of its own.

In which period would you like to have lived? To find out – and to go on a fascinating journey back in time – visit some of our beautifully preserved and lovingly maintained monuments, which represent all periods and styles.

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