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Residential Palace

Residential Palace
Residential Palace, Darmstadt

Darmstadt´s Residential Palace is located at the centre of modern downtown Darmstadt, at the upper end of the Rheinstraße. This has not always been the case. Earlier, in the times of Georg I, the Palace secured Darmstadt´s west flank. The Palace moat was used as a defence against intruders. The New Gate to the southwest was used mainly by the peasants from the surrounding countryside.

The Residential Palace combines structures from 6 centuries. The last structural changes were made under Landgrave Ernst Ludwig in the 18th century. His Master Construction Engineer Rémy de la Fosse planned a Baroque Palace. As it turned out, only two wings of the planned structure were completed, along the Rheinstraße and towards the Market Square. In 1944, the Palace burned down to the outer walls. Reconstruction efforts succeeded in restoring the facade structures to nearly pre-war status.

The Palace Museum is located in the older part of the Palace. Its 22 rooms provide a good overview of 250 years of courtly life in a minor Residence as well as the history of the region, at first under the Landgraves and later as the Grand Duchy of Hessen. The museum is open Monday to Thursday from 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm, tel. +49 6151/24035. Guided tours only.

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Address: Schloss, 64283 Darmstadt
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