Wickrath Palace

Wickrath, Germany

Schloss Wickrath was built between 1746 and 1772 by count Wilhelm Otto Friedrich von Quadt. The Baroque palace was built to the foundations of late medieval water castle. The original castle was demolished in 1859 by the Prussian administration. The current ensemble of buildings in the park, the Baroque west and east wing and the so-called Landstallmeisterhaus, the residence of the former stud master were built in 1875. The park has the shape of a coronet of a count of the Holy Roman Empire.

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Founded: 1746/1875
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)

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Klaus Niessen (9 months ago)
A great ambience offered the right framework for a very tasty menu. The service was very good and very accommodating
halina majchrzyk (10 months ago)
I always try to visit the restaurant because the ice cream, cheesecake and coffee are delicious and very, very friendly and helpful staff.
Suxy Remus (2 years ago)
Beautiful place. Parking places maybe a bit tricky but there are enough around it.
K.-M. K. (2 years ago)
Ok
Hochzeits - und Eventsängerin Anna Déinyan (2 years ago)
Sommer & Sonne & Kaffee & Kuchen passen an diesem Ort perfekt zusammen. Bestimmt auch im Winter wundervoll
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