Ettlingen Palace

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Ettlingen, Germany

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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The palace. Mar 26, 2017
Its construction was completed around 1600, but a Medieval castle existed in 13th century on that site. The French destroyed it (and also the town) in a war in 1689. After it was rebuilt between 1728-1732 as a Baroque palace. Today the Palace houses a museum of local art and crafts.

Sometimes the palace is closed to visitors for the summer festival. In fact, in the summer this mansion hosts the Ettlingen Palace Plays with concerts, theater performances and other venues.

An odd and nice thing about this palace is that the facade on the courtyard is fake, because it is almost entirely painted.

The Palace houses the Albgau Museum with an archaeological collection and a room with many East Asian artifacts. The Staedtische Galerie with a collection of regional art from the 20th century to the present. There are some rooms for temporary exibitions and for educational activities as well.
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german_eagle says:
It was closed when I visited :(
Posted on: Mar 02, 2017
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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Ettlingen Palace Mar 04, 2017
The palace of the Margraves of Baden-Baden contains parts of a medieval castle. Three rectangular wings were built in the 16th and early 7th century. In the war of 1689 the French troups burnt down the town and the palace. The widowed Margravine Sibylla Augusta had the palace restored and enlarged, she lived here from 1728-1733. In these years the Eastern wing was added. Its facade towards the courtyard shows elaborate baroque architecture and ornaments - but it is all fake. The columns and rocailles are all just painted. Even some windows are fake.

In summer the courtyard hosts the Ettlinger Schlossfestspiele, an open-air festival of theater and concerts.

The Albgaumuseum occupies the Southern and Western wing of the palace. It shows regional history, art by regional painters, a collection of oriental treasures, temporary exhibitions, and the former apartment of the Margravine. Unfortunately all the furniture was taken away in the 19th century, and there isn't much left of the original decoration either. (If you want to see the rooms of a baroque palace, better go to nearby Rastatt instead).

Opening hours: Wed - Sun 10-17

Entrance fee: adults € 2.50, concessions € 1.50

Directions: Entrance from the courtyard of the palace or, if the courtyard is closed because of the festival, from the Western side of the palace.
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planxty says:
Margravine Sibylla Augusta, what an unusual name and what a beautifully preserved building, it is stunning
Posted on: Mar 26, 2017

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