Ettlingen Palace

Ettlingen, Germany

Ettlingen castle was first mentioned in the 13th century. It has been destroyed several times over the centuries, rebuilt and expanded. In 1727 decided the Margravine Sibylla Augusta to use the castle as a retirement home. Johann Michael Rohrer created the Baroque palace from the castle ruins. Artists Riccardo Retti and Lucca Colomba equipped the rooms of sumptuous paintings and stucco. The great master of the late Baroque, Cosmas Damian Asam, created grand ceiling paintings on the castle chapel.

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Founded: 18th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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www.ettlingen.de

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

MT Stam (5 months ago)
Nice city
Gregor P. Lehmann (8 months ago)
Wanna move in.
Roy Cook (11 months ago)
Beautifully renovated old Schloss with several floors of different exhibitions inside. Main exhibition at time of my visit was of local Ettlingen artist Hans Peter Monch. His colourful abstract paintings of flower-like images express his joy of life and are indeed a joy to behold. The other exhibition at the time of my visit was an historical look at washing, bathing and cleanliness. Great place to enjoy an hour or two. Only problem was finding the actual entrance! Had to walk right around the building to find it! Well worth persevering to find out though!
Jan Wolanski (JanWolanski.com) (2 years ago)
nice palace in good condition
Peter Nill (2 years ago)
Beautiful small castle in the middle of one of the best towns to live in the area. Definitely a place to visit and maybe take an ice cream to go and walk around town
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