Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens
As did so many of the rulers in the 18th century, the Prince Electors of the Palatinate, Carl Philipp and his successor Carl Theodor, retired during the summer months with a substantial number of their Mannheim court to their Summer Residence. This former hunting lodge in Schwetzingen was transformed by them into a princely palace of precious décor, endowed with a magnificent garden. Carl Theodor, together with his master architects, have created a work of art of exceptional beauty. The Baroque Garden and the Circular Buildings were designed along precise mathematical patterns dictating the complete symmetry and geometry required by the fashion of Versailles. Towards the end of the 18th century, this royal summer residence was extended by the naturalness of an English landscape garden. Take a pleasant stroll through these restored gardens and see and experience the sequence of the various epochs and architectures.