Rastatt Residential Palace
Visitors to this oldest official palace along the Upper Rhine are still overawed by the extensive quadrangle dominated by the main building and flanked by two wings, all with imposing facades of monumental dimensions, and, high up on the roof of the Corps de Logis, the golden figure of Jupiter casting thunderbolts. Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden-Baden, renowned as “Türkenlouis“, initially built a hunting lodge here but as of 1700 it was reconstructed as the official residence – the first palace to be built on German soil after the style of the leading court of Europe, Versailles. Most of the residence has been preserved and the two resplendent official apartments remain unaltered with their sequences of state rooms still intact, providing us with a unique and authentic example of an early 18th century residence. The centrepiece of the Palace is the Ancestral Hall, the scene of lavish festivities in baroque times.