Schloss Benrath is a Baroque-style maison de plaisance (pleasure palace) in Benrath, which is now a borough of Düsseldorf. It was erected for the Elector Palatine Charles Theodor and his wife, Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach, by his garden and building director Nicolas de Pigage. Construction began in 1755 and was completed in 1770. The ensemble at Benrath has been proposed for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main building, the central corps de logis, for the Elector Palatine and his wife is flanked by two arched symmetrical wings, the maisons de cavalière, which originally housed the servants. They partially surround a circular pond, the Schlossweiher (palace pond), in the north. On the southside lies a long rectangular pond, the Spiegelweiher (mirror pond). From the predescant castle, which stood formerly in the mid of the long rectangular pond on the southside of the palace, is conserved only one of the servant wings, the so-called Alte Orangerie (Old Orangery).

The main building is a museum with guided tours. Sometimes music concerts are also performed. The two wings house two museums since 2002: the Museum for European Garden Art in the east wing and the Museum of Natural History in the west wing.

The palace is surrounded by a baroque square hunting park with two crossing diagonal alleys and a circular alley.



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Founded: 1755-1770
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)


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Ariful Haque (2 months ago)
Fantastic place to visit. Nice, calm and beautiful landscape. Combination of nature and architecture with a lots of birds chirping can give you the mental peace you looking for. Totally recommended place for single, couple or family time. It can take easily 4/5 hours to complete the visit.
Jason Sarayno (7 months ago)
As far as castles go, it's not bad. ? If you're into nice long walks along parks then this might be for you. It's around 30 minutes away from the downtown by subway. Great for fresh air and a little exercise.
Darnelle Manuel (9 months ago)
To experience a palace and all its former glory. We are making it our goal here in germany to see all the castles that they will let us see and better understand the store behind each castle or palace. This palace has many to see, not only the inside and the outside beauty as well but a Museum fun for the kids and enriching for the parents and young adults. That staff really cares about the whole place and you can see it in the detailed work they put into everything making it a wonderland to look upon! Excellence at it's greatest!
Michael George (10 months ago)
This is a nice and very beautiful park. Also great for bicycles where you can do a couple different beautiful loops, the children's playground is close to the entrance so you can easily walk in and let the kids play without going far. Tours are on a fixed schedule so be prepared to wait a little bit if you want a tour of the inside of the castle
Frank Hermesdorf (12 months ago)
Great place to visit for a nice walk in the morning and afternoon. The Benrath Palace and its beautiful statues invite for fantastic photo opportunities. The lakes are awesome as well and the gardens and forests provide ample of opportunities to sunbath or sit/walk in the shade.
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