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A „porcelain palace“ to rival any in Europe

Rastatt Favorite Palace

Aerial view of Rastatt Favorite Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Achim Mende
Exhibit in the orangery

Garden records

Changing fashions: a perfectly straight axis to the front of the building, curved paths behind it. In the main entrance building of the south orangery, an exhibit illustrates the history of Favorite Palace garden through garden records.

The west orangery at Rastatt Favorite Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Andrea Rachele

The west orangery.

Interesting facts about the garden's history

Which stylistic elements are characteristic of the Baroque garden, and which belong to the later English landscape garden? What were berceaux – What is a quincunx? Historic plans for the Favorite Palace garden show that, while some elements have disappeared from the park, others are still around today: for example, the long buildings and arcades. Closed in the winter, the orangeries once served as winter protection for the expensive, exotic citrus trees.

Aerial view of Rastatt Favorite Palace and palace garden. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Aerial view of palace and garden.

The garden's design and the ideas behind it

As with any work of art or building, garden design followed the fashions of the time, which would change depending on the system of rule and the mindset of the respective time period. The garden records trace which ideas and period ideals formed the basis for the two garden designs at Rastatt Favorite Palace. The park itself is also an example of what inspired people then!

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