4 Palaces and Gardens to visit in Germany for Revival of Life
The South West area of Germany is known for its castles and palaces which reflect the wealth of the rulers of this region. Some of the castles, palaces, monasteries and, gardens are UNESCO World Heritage sights.
Some of the places which you must see while visiting Germany are:
1. SCHWETZINGEN PALACE
The gardens of this palace are extensive which include an English- style landscape garden and the Turkish gardens with a mosque of ornamental value. Visit the rooms and appreciate the beauty of 18th and 19th-century woodwork. If you are a fan of theatre, the Schwetzingen Festival takes place every year between the end of April and mid-June.
2. LUDWIGSBURG RESIDENTIAL PALACE
This palace is unique because of the different architectural and decorative style that was fashionable throughout the 18th century. The palace was originally supposed to be a hunting lodge but was later enlarged to include 4 wings around a central courtyard. This place also has a number of museums in addition to the apartment with their original furniture. The Fashion Museum and the Baroque Gallery might interest those who have an inclination towards fashion and historical artworks.
3. SCHLOSS WEIKERSHEIM
This palace is famous for its ceilings covered with hunting scenes. The Mirror Cabinet completed in the year 1718 is a room with walls covered with red silk. It was created as a walk in display cabinet to house the princess’s collection of precious things.
While visiting the palace gardens, look out for figures of dwarf which are thought to the imitation of the royal household. It was very common in the 18th century for there to be a court dwarf as they were considered figures of fun and curiosity.
4. BEBENHAUSEN MONASTERY
Set among the hills of the Schonbuch nature reserve, this monastery is one the best-preserved monasteries in Southern Germany. It was founded in the 12th century by Rudolf, and was developed into one of the wealthiest monasteries in the region.
While taking a guided tour, one should pay a visit to the buildings of the church, main building of the monastery, abbot’s residence, guesthouse and infirmary. Visit the Summer Refectory to appreciate the Gothic style of decoration. The winter refectory was created in the 16th century with underfloor heating. Something which was unique in those days.
Wilhelm II and Queen Charlotte made some changes in their apartment in the Bebenhausen Palace and one can see the queen’s bathroom which although a 100 years old still had the amenities which are being used by people today like a bath and shower, a washstand with two
basins and central heating. The bathroom was used by the Queen until she breathed her last in 1946.