Electoral Palace

Bonn, Germany

The Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Schloss) in Bonn is the former residential palace of the Prince-Electors of Cologne. Since 1818, it has been the University of Bonn's main building in the city center, home to the University administration and the faculty of humanities and theology.

The palace was built by Enrico Zuccalli for the prince-elector Joseph Clemens of Bavaria from 1697 to 1705. The Hofgarten, a large park in front of the main building, is a popular place for students to meet, study and relax. The Hofgarten was repeatedly a place for political demonstrations.

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Am Hof 1, Bonn, Germany
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Founded: 1697-1705
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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en.wikipedia.org

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David Smith (8 months ago)
Gorgeous historical building, now part of the university, with the enormous Hofgarten in front.
Emilian Kavalski (9 months ago)
Cool historical place, it's now part of the University of Bonn
Karsten Link (2 years ago)
My brother used to study there and he showed me a bit around. Impressive, old building, well renovated and maintained. Worth a visit.
Pno Ens (2 years ago)
There wasn’t much going on at the time we visited. Maybe because the university was in recess or summer vacation. The building was empty except the courtyard was ready for the evening event on gigantic screen!
Haqdil (2 years ago)
Lovely view . In the front it is really eye catching view to sat and relax on the bench . . . . . .
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