There's a Schloss over here...

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Howdy folks,

Day Three in Germany meant another big continental breakfast with croissants! Simon got his caffeine hit and then we walked to the tram station to get a ride into Mannheim. After a nice 30 minute ride in, we jumped off at the Paradeplatz and walked up to the Schloss. The Schloss in Mannheim is the largest baroque Schloss in Germany; although not the nicest and I left Simon alone so that he could do a tour inside.

I went for a bit of a walk around and came across the Zeughaus which is part of the REM museum group in Mannheim. Next to it was the Fredrich List Schule and across the road was another REM museum. I haven't been to any of these museums yet and now that my German is a little better we might just check them out. I started walking back to the Schloss when I came across a nice church which just happened to be one that Mozart attended during his stay in Mannheim. Inside the church was amazingly beautiful with high ceilings covered in pink and green marble. It was such a surprise because many of the old buildings and churches got bombed in the war and are all new inside. This one also got hit, but thankfully was restored to its former glory.

I headed back to meet Simon and he said that the Schloss was actually closed for tours and he had also spent the last hour walking around taking a look at things. He hadn’t seen the church, so I took him back to take a look before we headed down the pedestrian mall. There are big sales at the moment because it is the end of the summer and the Oktoberfest is coming up. Simon and I checked out a few pairs of lederhosen and a few dirndls out at Galeria Kaufhof before heading down to the Wasserturm. The weather was nice and there were quite a few people around enjoying the gardens.

Steffie finished work early to come and pick us up and we all drove to Schwetzingen for lunch. We sat down under an outdoor umbrella at the Schwetzinger Brauhaus which is a restaurant and microbrewery in the Schlossplatz and ordered a few different things. I had a traditional Bavarian pretzel with white sausages and sweet mustard and Simon tried the local beer as well. After a good lunch we were ready for Schloss number 2!

Schwetzingen Schloss is known as the summer residence of the Prince Elector, while Mannheim is the winter residence. While we had been in the gardens before, we hadn’t got the chance to see all the flowers or do a tour of the interior. The gardens in Schwetzingen are really amazing and stretch out far beyond the Schloss itself. The nice weather lent itself to good photography and after an hour it was time to head back to do the tour.

The tour guide spoke German so we got an English transcript and walked through all the different rooms. The rooms were quite well presented and some of the facts were pretty interesting. For example they had these short beds which were only a metre long because the Prince Electors used to sleep sitting up! The servants had a bed which also converted to a table and storage during the day time. There was a separate small powder room because they used to spray the white powder up into the air so that it would fall down and evenly cover the skin. Lastly, they used to eat around 5 course meals which were mostly well cooked meat because they didn’t have any teeth to chew on it!

Back outside we toured through more of the gardens and the mosque before it was time to drive back home. Two palaces in one day isn’t a bad effort!
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