Palace park at Schwetzingen II

by Jay July. 13, 2015 2917 views

There was more in the park than we could visit in one day. Okay, well, honestly, we had the time, but I hadn't the energy: high temperatures through the previous night stole every hour of sleep from me. Anyway, we walked quite a bit of the park nonetheless.
The bathhouse of the Prince-Elector (German: Kurfürst) was in its original form - furniture and all. It was not located anywhere near the palace itself. I had many questions about that but my fatigue produced odd-sounding utterances both in English AND German, so I gave up trying to be informed. Anyway, we were forbidden to take any photos(!) in the spectacular little Baroque building, so that is not in this series. But the number of small houses and faux ruins and water fountains and tin fowl spurting water from their beaks (all originals over 250 years old), hedge arches; I could go on and on. But I shall abruptly stop here.

It's all an illusion! This is one of the entrances to the Orangery - yes, where oranges were grown in the 18th century. But, all the lines you see around this door are painted on. It is not stonework. It is a completely plastered wall with the lines and feather-like designs painted onto it. Rather like an earlier post of Bruchsal Palace.

I like the raised arches here. I guess the older this gets, the higher the arches will be.

Statuary? Anyone say “statuary”? The orange trees are gone, the floor was tiled and the older statues were brought inside and newer copies have replaced these originals in the park.

The tin birds on the trellis above the Owl Fountain are all spewing water from their beaks into the fountain - all the way around. Marvelous effect.

One of several “ruins” or Follies to be found in the park. steps meander throughout them. They really look authentic, but in fact they are no older than the palace or park itself. They were merely built to look this way. It was thought to make the landscape of larger palace parks somehow romantic in the day.

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Jacki 5 years, 9 months ago

The arches are really cool!!

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 9 months ago

At least they had good taste, considering the servants back then were so poor.

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Larry Sample 5 years, 9 months ago

Never got their myself. I was young when I was over there in the army and spent most of free time at local gasthaus. Nice post!

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Moira 5 years, 9 months ago

What an original fountain ,TFS

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 9 months ago

Fascinating series, wonderful commentary, excellent photography! Bravo! I wonder what the artist's motivation was behind the spitting birds, encircling the fiercely posturing owl??? hmmmmm....

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Aleksandra 5 years, 9 months ago

Ciekawe zdjecia

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the info love the greens especially 2.

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