Seehof Palace was built from 1686 as a summer residence for the Bamberg Prince-Bishops from plans by Antonio Petrini. After secularization it fell into disrepair under private ownership, and by the end of the 20th century extensive renovation work was necessary.

Most of the palace is today used by the Bavarian State Conservation Office.

The nine state rooms of the restored Prince-Bishops' apartment, including the 'White Hall' with its magnificent ceiling painting by Guiseppe Appiani, are open to the public.

Among the features reflecting the splendour of the former Rococo garden are the restored cascade with its waterworks and some of the original sandstone sculptures by Ferdinand Tietz.

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Luca Amatemaggio (2 years ago)
Beautiful Palace and Park, very good for a nice walk and a cup of tea
Elizabeth Gaquin (2 years ago)
Stunning summer residence of the Prince Bishop. Walk the grounds and take in the beauty. Lovely Cafe to enjoy lunch or coffee.
Colleen O'Connor (2 years ago)
What a beautiful castle! My dad had lived in the smaller building not too far from the schloss back in the 70s/80s so I mostly went to see that, but of course one cannot skip seeing a palace. The schloss and neighboring town of Memmelsdorf are not major tourist attractions so the visit was a little more peaceful than some other schloss visits. The grounds are free to see, and the interior is only able to be seen by a guided tour. These are only offered in German, but we were provided with cards with English explanations. Our guide also tried to explain a bit in English and we had some very kind tour guests who interpreted the important/funny/interesting bits. Ultimately, if you find yourself in Bamberg, memmelsdorf and the Seehof are worth a trip over. You can take a bus from Bamberg or get a cab for the 15 minute ride (ours was about €18) if you opt for a cab, one of the hotels will gladly call a cab for your return trip).
L.K. Britton (2 years ago)
This was a beautiful detour and the grounds weren’t too busy. It would have been better if you could actually go inside the palace and surrounding buildings, but we still enjoyed walking through the gardens
Matt Shively (2 years ago)
Nice place. Unfortunately the tour is only in German. They do have a handout in English, and the guide can answer questions in English. Most sinage is only in German. Very nice gardens to stroll through.
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