Schwetzingen is centrally located between Mannheim and Heidelberg. This unassuming German town is full of surprises and is surrounded by sheer beauty. After recently venturing to another Baden-Württemberg castle, we were thrilled to see the spectacular gardens as well as to find out about the town’s world-renowned annual music festivals.
Unfortunately, the castle is closed until the spring of 2016. It was very difficult to find this information on the castle’s website, but it’s there. Despite the renovations, we still managed to fill a full-day trip of seeing the never-ending gardens (€5/person.
Another highlight of this castle is the theater. Of special note, the Rococo Theater in the north wing of the palace was the first theater in Europe to include galleries. I am looking forward to returning after the completion of the renovations to see this ornate and majestic entertainment venue.
I was not able to take a good photograph of the End of the World artistic display as public access was not granted close to the exhibit. However, I can tell you the illusion it created left me wondering about the artist’s technique.
Today, Schwetzingen is most notably known for their annual music fests. A fest for all seasons, the Schwetzingen community embraces and celebrates the classics.
Fall – Mozart Society Schwetzingen Concert Series
This Fall enjoy a celebration of the beauty of Mozart.
Winter – Winter in Schwetzingen Baroque Fest
Together the Austrian Baroque and Heidelberg Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra present this concert series beginning December 5 and continues to February 5, 2016.
Spring – SWR Festspiele
This fest is one of the most popular music fests of Schwetzingen. For a whole month, in spring beginning in late April and finishing in late May, this annual musical celebration is well-attended each year.
How to Get ThereStuttgart, just over 1 hour east of Kaiserslautern and over 1 hour south of Wiesbaden. Also click on DB Bahn for train details.
Author’s Profile: Wendy Payne is a military spouse and lives with her family in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a freelance writer, blogger and photographer. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga and sharing Europe with people.
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