When you think of grand, luxurious palace gardens one automatically thinks of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. I had no idea that I would find gardens equally as beautiful in Heidelberg.
On our last day in Heidelberg we spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the Schwetzingen Palace Gardens. While we were not able to see the inside of the Palace due to renovations, the gardens were so spectacular I did not care!
Schwetzinge Palace was first established in 1350 though it was a much smaller version of what stands today. The whimsical splendour of both the buildings and surrounding gardens was developed under the rule of Prince Elector Carl Theordor in the 18th Century. It was during this time that the gardens were created. The gardens are an interesting mixture of Baroque style and English countryside and feature 100 sculptures. What makes the gardens so interesting are the buildings nestled amongst the foliage. There is the Temple of Apollo bringing a touch of ancient Greece, the Bath House modelled after an Italian Villa and the Turkish Gardens including an ornamental mosque.
For the most part it was a grey and cloudy day (as you can see in the photos), which created a dark and moody feel, especially when walking through the English-style garden amongst the geese and ducks. However, when the sun came out in the late afternoon the whole place was transformed and felt like an entirely different garden!