Rastatt Residential Palace was the first Baroque aristocratic residence to be built in the style of the Palace of Versailles on German soil. This iconic palace complex, which still stands almost entirely in its original form, is a unique and authentic example of an early 18th century residence. It was Margrave Wilhelm of Baden-Baden who oversaw the transformation of a former hunting lodge into a mighty palace and the establishment of a purpose-built town to support it. The palace buildings house two excellent museums which are worth a visit: The Museum of Military History and the Memorial Museum for the various liberation movements in German history.
Further information on Rastatt’s Residential Palace: www.schloss-rastatt.de/en/home/
Just a stone’s throw from Rastatt lies the ‘Favorite Palace’ which is the oldest of Germany’s ‘Porcelain Palaces’. The name derives from their original use, which was to display magnificent collections of porcelain, china, and other stoneware – of which some can still be discovered today. Favorite Palace is the only palace of its kind to have remained untouched since its construction. The house is surrounded by the former Baroque Pleasure Gardens – landscaped gardens which are the perfect place for a gentle stroll.
Further information on Rastatt’s Favorite Palace: www.schloss-favorite-rastatt.de/en/home/