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The most beautiful palaces in Germany

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Whereas Britain has Europe's mightiest medieval castles and grandest neoclassical stately homes and France the loveliest Renaissance châteaux, Germany has undoubtedly the most sumptuous baroque Schlösser (palaces). The golden age of the German baroque palaces was between the 1690's and the 1750's.

The photos of German castles and palaces are divided into four historical periods. This page is dedicated to Baroque palaces.

  1. Medieval castles (12th to 16th century)

  2. Renaissance castles and palaces (16th and 17th century)

  3. Baroque princely or ducal palaces (17th and 18th century)

  4. Neoclassical princely or ducal palaces (18th and 19th century)

  5. Romantic castles (19th century)

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German Baroque Palaces

Charlottenburg Palace
Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin (photo by Times - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Charlottenburg
  • Former residence of the Electors of Brandenburg and Kings of Prussia.
  • Built between 1696 and 1747.
  • State : Berlin
  • Description


New Palace in Potsdam
New Palace in Potsdam (photo by Wolfgang Staudt - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
  • German name: Neues Palais (Potsdam)
  • Former residence of the Kings of Prussia.
  • Built between 1763 and 1769.
  • State : Brandenburg
  • Description


Biebrich Palace in Wiesbaden
Biebrich Palace (© Jo Chambers - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Biebrich
  • Former residence of the Counts of Nassau-Idstein, then of the Dukes of Nassau.


Sondershausen Palace
Sondershausen Palace (photo by Michael Sander - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Sondershausen
  • Former residence of the Princes of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.
  • Built between the 1680s and 1851.
  • State : Thuringia
  • Description


Moritzburg Palace
Moritzburg Castle (photo by Olaf Leillinger - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Moritzburg
  • Former residence of the Electors, then Kings of Saxony.
  • Built between 1723 and 1733.
  • State : Saxony


Nordkirchen Palace
Schloss Nordkirchen (© clearlens - Fotolia.com) Schloss Nordkirchen (© seewhatmitchsee - iStockphoto.com)
  • German name: Schloss Nordkirchen
  • Former residence of the Prince-Bishops of Münster.
  • Built between 1703 and 1734.
  • State : North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Description


Augustusburg Palace in Brühl
Augustusburg Palace, Brühl (© europhotos - Fotolia.com) Augustusburg Palace, Brühl (© Jule_Berlin - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Augustusburg
  • Former residence of the Archbishop-Electors of Cologne.
  • Built between 1725 and 1740.
  • State : North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Description


Ludwigsburg Palace
Ludwigsburg Palace (© clearlens - Fotolia.com) Ludwigsburg Palace (photo by Michael Wied - Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license)
  • German name: Schloss Ludwigsburg
  • Former residence of the Dukes, then Kings of Württemberg.
  • Built between 1704 and 1733.
  • State : Baden-Württemberg


New Palace in Stuttgart
New Palace, Stuttgart (© Jürgen Effner - Fotolia.com) New Palace, Stuttgart (© kanvag - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Neues Schloss (Stuttgart)
  • Former residence of the Kings of Württemberg.
  • Built between 1746 and 1807.
  • State : Baden-Württemberg


Würzburg Residence
Würzburg Residence (© WernerHilpert - Fotolia.com) Würzburg Residence (© vom - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Würzburg Residenz
  • Former residence of the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg.
  • Built between 1720 and 1744.
  • State : Bavaria


Bückeburg Palace
Bückeburg Palace (© suedwind1 - Fotolia.com) Bückeburg Palace (photo by Franzfoto - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Bückeburg
  • Former residence of the Princes of Schaumburg-Lippe.
  • Built between 1601 and 1622; restored in 1732.
  • State : Lower Saxony
  • Description


Karlsruhe Palace
Karlsruhe Palace (© nemesis2207 - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Karlsruher Schloss
  • Former residence of the Margraves of Baden-Durlach, then of the Grand Dukes of Baden.
  • Built in 1715, partially rebuilt in 1746.
  • State : Baden-Württemberg


New Schleissheim Palace
Schleissheim Palace (© Zoe - iStockphoto.com)
  • German name: Neues Schloss Schleißheim
  • Former residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
  • Built between 1701 and 1704, enlarged between 1719 and 1726.
  • State : Bavaria


Ludwigslust Palace
Schloss Ludwigslust (© take - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Ludwigslust
  • Former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
  • Built between 1772 and 1776.
  • State : Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • Description


Erlangen Palace
Schloss Erlangen ( Akriesch - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Erlangen
  • Former residence of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.
  • Built between 1700 and 1706.
  • State : Bavaria


Heidecksburg Palace
Heidecksburg Palace (© Udo Kruse - Fotolia.com) Heidecksburg Palace (photo by Michael Sander - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
  • German name: Schloss Heidecksburg
  • Former residence of the Princes of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.
  • Built between 1737 and 1786.
  • State : Thuringia
  • Description


Pillnitz Palace
Pillnitz Palace (© Klaus Heidemann - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Pillnitz
  • Former summer residence of many electors and kings of Saxony.
  • Built between 1720 and 1725.
  • State : Saxony


Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam (© Elisa Locci - iStockphoto.com) Orangerie of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam (© rotschwarzdesign - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Sanssouci
  • Former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
  • Built between 1745 and 1747.
  • State : Brandenburg
  • Description


German Neoclassical Palaces

Brunswick Palace
Brunswick Palace, Braunschweig ( fotobeam.de - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Braunschweig
  • Former residence of the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg.
  • Built between 1718 and 1790.
  • State : Lower Saxony


Albrechtsberg Palace in Dresden
Albrechtsberg Palace (© locha - Fotolia.com) Albrechtsberg Palace (© Ole Jensen - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Albrechtsberg
  • Former residence of Prince Albert of Prussia (1809-1872).
  • Built between 1850 and 1854.
  • State : Saxony


Herrenchiemsee Palace
Herrenchiemsee Palace (© Bergfee - Fotolia.com)
  • German name: Schloss Herrenchiemsee
  • Former residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
  • Built between 1878 and 1885.
  • State : Bavaria
  • Description




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