Residenzschloss Rastatt

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Residenzschloss Rastatt

Residenzschloss Rastatt
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Rastatt Residential Palace is the oldest Baroque residence in the Upper Rhine Valley. The palace, gardens and town were planned as a whole, to create an Impression of elegant and perfectly proportioned uniformity, with the palace commanding pride of place at the center. Fllowing extensive renovations and restorations, the Palace Church of the Holy Cross reopened ist doors for visitors. The church, built between 1720 and 1723, is one of a series of holy sites commissioned by Margravine Sibylla Augusta within her royal seat, Rastatt. A combi ticket for Rastatt Residential Palace and nearby Rastatt Favorite Palace is available.
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Kevin F
Lincoln, UK3 224 contributions
Wonderful Evening Private Concert
Nov 2019
Whilst on a Scenic River Cruise we were treated to a wonderful short concert of classical music and opera in this beautiful building. What we saw of the building was spectacular especially the ceilings. I wish we could have visited in the daytime to enjoy a tour of the historic palace.
Written 18 November 2019
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John_Nick_in_GA
Acworth, GA35 contributions
Beautiful Historic Building
Sep 2019
The Schloss was directly across the street from our hotel in a beautiful park setting. Although we didn't go in, we enjoyed walking the grounds and courtyard.
Written 21 October 2019
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GeorginaLyng
Taunton, UK5 contributions
Beautiful Enormous Palace
Aug 2019
The guided tour is very interesting but it is a shame that they only offer it in German. They have some interesting pieces of furniture. The guide was very good at involving the children.
Written 26 August 2019
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Justin Kunimoto
Baltimore, MD264 contributions
Beautiful Colors - Wish I went on the tour~!
Aug 2019
We did not go on the tour but was intrigued by the color and massiveness (and location) of the building.
Written 23 August 2019
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Mark D
Penang Island, Malaysia1 301 contributions
An incredible "French Flavoured" Castle/residence.
Aug 2019
This Palace and surrounding gardens were built in the early 1700's. Its "Baroque design" was influenced by France's "Palace at Versailles". The "integrated design" of the Park and the Palace [as well as the nearby town] features a high degree of "symmetry". It has recently been refurbished, and perhaps the most interesting "decorations" can be found in the area called the "ancestral hall" [which is also the largest]. The castle also houses two museums-- including the "Military History Museum" and the "memorial site for the German liberation movement". It is definitely worthy of a visit- perhaps combined with the"Schloss favorite Castle".

I hope that this Review has been helpful.
Written 20 August 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1 651 contributions
Evening concert in the Ancestral Hall and a tour of the Apartments just for us
May 2019 • Couples
Scenic river cruises arranged an evening concert in the palace's Ancestral Hall just for its passengers. Prior to the performance, we gathered in the ground floor garden room/ Sala terrena for after dinner drinks and petite fours. The room was an example of rococo design that was evident throughout the palace. The ceiling and walls of the room seemed to be encircled with ropes of heavy plaster in the most lovely flowing lines. These designs, painted a warm cream color, contrasted just elegantly against the white background color chosen for the room. There was a view of the garden from a corner window, but it was not a feature for this room.

The wide stone staircase led to the first floor where the apartments and Ancestral Hall were. Our tour guide pointed out the lovely ceiling painting framed in plaster over the stairs - the first of many others in the palace. Our guide pointed out the golden statue of Jupiter holding lightening rods in the hallway. It's the original one; the statue on the roof line of the palace is a copy. Jupiter is a symbol for the owner of this house - Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm - a famous general who protected the Holy Roman Empire from a Turkish invasion. In fact, this palace has many symbols, paintings, and statues representing Turkenlouis as he was nicknamed, as a war hero.

We couldn't take pictures of the Apartments - the connecting rooms on the first floor that the Margrave and his wife, Sibylle used. We saw about 4 or 5 of these rooms. I was in awe of the beautiful rococo gilt framed ceiling paintings in the rooms and the rococo decor over the connecting doors. The paintings show very pleasant scenes of figures among the clouds having a good time; it's the execution of those themes in wonderful pastel colors that are just delicious. The rooms are decorated in bold colors like reds, greens, gold. The bedrooms have the expected canopy and floors are beautiful examples of parquet wood. The porcelain room had blue and white china pieces arranged as features on its walls. One room had a lacquered cabinet that was very special. These rooms probably showed a decor style common to palaces of other princes and wealthy people of that time period - it was to be like the Palace of Versailles. Rastatt Palace claims to be oldest Baroque palace in the area.

Probably the best room, and the largest, we were shown was the Ancestral Hall in which our evening concert was held. This impressive room does have rococo framed portraits of both Ludwig and Sibyll and their parents, grandparents, and ancestors hung around the room, but how the other spaces in the room were decorated impressed me more. Again my attention was drawn to the lovely frescoed ceiling showing Hercules ascending to the Heavens, a symbol for Ludwig as a war hero and a defender of Christainity against the Turks. The pink fluted pilasters with gilded cornices on either side of the tall windows were topped with various sculpted/painted figures; some even were of almost naked Turkish prisoners in chains. Plaster cherubs looked down at us over these figures. The room was well lit by crystal chandeliers, each having many layers of lights. It was a lovely room to be in to hear songs sung from various operas, but in Ludwig's time this room would have been used for receptions, special celebrations, and as a ballroom.

i was unaware of the princely palaces in Baden-Baden, and visiting this palace made me want to return to visit others. Rastatt Palace has museums, gardens, and probably other buildings to visit as well. I was annoyed that photos were not allowed in the Apartments.
Written 26 June 2019
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weekinhaiti
Stuttgart, Germany672 contributions
Very nice castle tour reasonably priced
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Residenzschloss Rastatt residence-castle offers a nice one hour long guided tour for 8 Euro per person. We were lucky to have a majority of English speakers in our group of eight and the guide, with the consent of the two German speakers obliged the six of us English speakers and conducted the tour in English.The palace and the garden were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian architect Domenico Egidio Rossi for Margrave Louis William of Baden-Baden. Beautiful interiors with a combination of Baroque and Rococo styles. Lots of references to the owner's Turkish victories. Distinctives contrast between the male and female apartments in terms of decors and motifs. Lots of Chinese and Japanese porcelaines. You get to visit the military museum on your own at the end of the guided tour. There is a relatively well maintained garden on the back side of the castle and a church in one of the wings. In order to find the ticket office, you must enter the courtyard and make your way to the corner over on the right side. There are no signs to guide you either outside or inside. Be prepared to leave your bag and backpacks in lockers, Enjoy.
Written 31 March 2019
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Lisa
Windsor, Canada7 contributions
Wonderful
Jan 2019 • Family
Real gem in the middle of Rastatt. Reasonably priced family tour, although officially in German the guide went out of her way to explain things in English. Wonderful interiors & the military exhibition is fascinating. Highly recommended!
Written 9 January 2019
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Matthias W
Geneva, Switzerland413 contributions
Check out the palace church if you can
Dec 2018 • Friends
Recently renovated, the palace church can be viewed in a separate guided tour. At the moment (winter 2018/2019) it seems they offer only two tours at 2 and 3 pm, and only on weekends and Fridays.
The palace itself can be viewed on a guided tour which takes place every hour on the hour. The whole ensemble wasn't hit at all during the wars and is still in a pretty original baroque outfit (though without most of the original furniture). Only in a couple of rooms (including the main hall of the palace though and the church) photography is allowed.
In summer you could combine the city palace with the Schloss Favorite closeby on the outskirts of Rastatt.
Written 7 January 2019
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Samstap
140 contributions
City of Rastatt has many architectural marvels
Aug 2018 • Solo
I wasn't aware of Rastatt prior to driving through town, but quickly pulled over and found parking when I passed some interesting buildings. If you like old architecture, you should definitely check out Rastatt. There are plenty of public parking options and plan on spending a couple of hours checking out the baroque buildings.
Written 13 August 2018
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