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Schloss Schwetzingen, or Schwetzingen Castle is a palace in the German state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg. Schwetzingen was the summer residence of the Electors Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore. It is situated in Schwetzingen, roughly equidistant from the electors' seats at Heidelberg and Mannheim, and is most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. Other than these exceptionally well preserved gardens and the castle proper, the compound also features the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, the principal venue for the annual Schwetzingen Festival.
Schwetzingen was the summer residence of the Electors Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore. It is situated in Schwetzingen, roughly equidistant from the electors' seats at Heidelberg and Mannheim, and is most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. Other than these exceptionally well preserved gardens and the castle proper, the compound also features one of the few surviving theaters in the rococo style. It is the principal venue for the annual Schwetzingen Festival.
The palace interior is sumptuously appointed and the palace gardens are a historical garden monument of European ranking. The garden complex experienced several stylistic periods of garden art - from Baroque geometry to the natural landscaping of English gardens. New garden buildings were repeatedly built there, including the Mosque, the Bath House, the Botany Temple and others.
An application for the addition of the ensemble, consisting of the gardens, palace and town of Schwetzingen, to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites is currently being processed.
Hours: Schwetzingen Palace can only be viewed within the context of a guided tour; tours in English are at 2pm on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays. Tours in German are held Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 4pm. The gardens may be visited daily from 9am - 7:30 pm during the summer, and 9am - 4:30 pm during the winter.
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Schwerin is a city in northern Germany and the capital of the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania). The population as of end of 2007 was 95,855.
Schwetzingen is located in the Rhine-Neckar-triangle in the plain of the Rhine river, lying west of the Odenwald and in the east of the Rhine. A small stream, the Leimbach (Leimbach vacation rentals | Leimbach travel guide), runs through the city before joining the Rhine. The following municipalities, listed clockwise beginning in the north, border on the city limits of Schwetzingen: Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide), Plankstadt (Plankstadt vacation rentals | Plankstadt travel guide), Oftersheim (Oftersheim vacation rentals | Oftersheim travel guide), Hockenheim (Hockenheim vacation rentals | Hockenheim travel guide), Ketsch and Brühl (Brühl vacation rentals | Brühl travel guide). The municipal area of Schwetzingen is completely consolidated with Oftersheim. The limits of Plankstadt are only separated by one street from the limits of Schwetzingen.
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The Rokokotheater, which was built as the Schlosstheatre in 1751–1752 by Nicolas de Pigage, is located in the complex of Schloss Schwetzingen, which hosts, among other events, the annual opera and music festival, the Schwetzingen Festival. The theatre fell into disuse by the late 19th Century, but was renovated in 1937 and given its present name after its Rococo style of architecture and used by the Festival since 1952. Between 1971 and 1974, it was modernized and re-opened with 450 seats for opera and 510 seats for drama.
The Schwetzingen Castle is the most famous landmark of the city. The accompanying garden is also very famous as there are elements of French Baroque styles combined with the English gardening style, with statuary by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt. Also worth seeing are the theatre, the orangery, the bath, the Apollo temple, Mercury temple, the mosque (built 1778–1791), the Minerva temple and the fountain of Arion.
The city hall was built in 1821 and expanded in 1889, 1912 and 1919.
Catholic church St. Pankratius (built 1736/38, modified 1763/65)
Catholic church St. Maria (built 1958)
Catholic church St. Josef
Protestant church (built 1756, expanded 1884/88 and 1912/13)
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Schwetzingen was mentioned as
Suezzingen for the first time in 766, recorded in the late twelfth-century Codex Aureus of Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide), but there are already traces of settlement from the Stone Age. Originally it consisted of two settlements, Ober- and Unterschwetzingen, that grew together in the course of the 17th and 18th century. Originally the town belonged to the diocese of Worms (Worms vacation rentals | Worms travel guide), but later passed to the Counts of the Palatinate in the 12th century. The moated castle of Schwetzingen is mentioned for the first time in 1350. It was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War and in the following War of the Palatinate Succession; it was rebuilt by count Johann Wilhelm and his predecessor. From 1720 it served temporarily as the residence of the Prince-Elector Karl Philip after he moved away from Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide). Later on it served as a summer residence of the Prince-Electors of the Palatinate and their court.
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Schwetzingen is a German town situated in the northwest of Baden-Württemberg, around 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Heidelberg and 15 km (9 miles) southeast of Mannheim. Schwetzingen is one of the 5 biggest cities of the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis district and it is a medium-sized centre including the cities and municipalities of Altlußheim, Brühl, Hockenheim, Ketsch, Neulußheim, Oftersheim, Plankstadt and Reilingen near the higher ranked city of Mannheim.
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