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bruchsal palace

The only ecclesiastical residence on the upper rhine

in 76646 Buchsal, Northern Baden-Württemberg

Bruchsal Palace is the only Prince-Bishoprsquo;s residence on the Upper Rhine. It is famous for its opulent staircase constructed by Balthasar Neumann.

Bruchsal Palace was constructed in 1720 as a residence for the Prince-Bishops of Speyer. The then Prince-Bishop, Damian Hugo von Schönborn, an avid art collector, played an important role in planning the complex. The collection of exquisitely matched buildings, along with the carefully laid out garden, make up an extraordinarily beautiful ensemble.

Visitors entering Bruchsal Palacersquo;s cour dhonneur (three-sided grand courtyard) are greeted with a splendid and colourful sight. The buildings are lavishly painted, decorated with gold-plated stucco, and feature golden gargoyles in the shape of dragons. Construction of the famous staircase by Balthasar Neumann began in 1728. This stunning architectural masterpiece is unsurpassed in terms of its unique style and the poetry of its design. Franz Christoph von Hutten, who resided in the palace after Schönborn, made his mark by decorating the Fürstensaal (Princersquo;s hall), Marmorsaal (marble hall) and the exquisite Paradezimmer (grand rooms).

The palace complex was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Fortunately, the structure of the staircase was mostly preserved. The palace complexrsquo;s reconstruction was one of Baden-Württembergrsquo;s most impressive projects of this kind. Today, Bruchsal Palace is more than a breathtaking example of Baroque architecture - it is also the outstanding result of carefully-planned, highly historically accurate reconstruction work.

Packages of this provider

Further information

Sight, Castles / locks, Museum/ exhibition

Groups ofto 25 Persons

Languages spoken: German, English, French

  • Suitable for coach groups
  • Handicapped accessible rooms
  • Suitable for pensioners
  • Coach parking on site /at the building
  • Possible exit / door in direct proximity

  • Mitglied in Regiopass/Museuumspass
  • With catering possibility

Group rates and conditions


Group rate: 7,20 to 12,60 € per person

Details concerning the service provider

bruchsal palace

Schlossraum 4
76646 Buchsal, Germany


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