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Schloss Benrath is a Baroque-style maison de plaisance (pleasure palace) in Benrath, which is now a borough of Düsseldorf. It was erected for the Elector Palatine Charles Theodor and his wife, Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach, by his garden and building director Nicolas de Pigage. Construction began in 1755 and was completed in 1770. The ensemble at Benrath has been proposed for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do not miss a Schloss Benrath tour when you are visiting Dusseldorf.
Schloss Benrath Visit and Things to Do
The palace park is formally designed according to the fashion of the time, and is divided into a total of three different gardens: the official garden, the private gardens, and the bosquet. The Tiergarten (animal park) of the old water palace from the 17th century was redesigned into a geometrically subdivided hunting ground, and accounts for most of the approximately 63 hectares of parkland. Besides the “French Garden” and the orangery, the botanical 'English Garden' – today simply called the Flower Garden – has a very romantic atmosphere. The palace park is an oasis for trees, bushes and wildflowers and home to many indigenous animals.The oldest trees are the former pleached lime tree hedges, which through lack of cutting back, grew together to form the distinctive 'lime tree avenues', which are already 250 years old.The interesting, foreign tree species, particularly in the 'English Garden', were only planted after the redesign of the Elector' s private gardens at the beginning of the 19 th century by Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe.It is one of the best things to do at Schloss Benrath.
Another thing to do at Schloss Benrath is to visit its museum. When in 1755 Elector Carl Theodor commissioned his 'First architect and managing director of buildings and gardens', Nicolas de Pigage, to build a new summer residence, this also included the transformation of the gardens behind the old water castle. Following the favourite idea of absolutist rulers, the plan was to build a total work of art of palace and gardens - the buildings, the gardens and the water forming one unit.
The Natural History Museum in the western wing of the Benrather castle was built in 1929 byHeinrich Opladen founded as a natural history museum. It dealt and deals with natural history topics, which have a strong local reference, which makes the museum nationally unique to this day. In the following years, the numerous showcases and the dioramas of the typical habitats with fauna and flora of North Rhine-Westphalia were designed down to the last detail. These decelerating and instructive insights into the natural spaces of the surrounding area still captivate all visitor groups. You need to purchase a Schloss Benrath ticket for Museum of Natural History to visit this place.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get your Schloss Benrath ticket on the Museum's official website. This is the most efficient way to skip the line and save your time. The Schloss Benrath ticket price is different for adults, children, and concession. Day pass for all museums include a guided tour through the palace and a glimpse behind the scenes. You can also get your Schloss Benrath ticket at the ticket office on site.
How To Get Around?
After getting your Schloss Benrath ticket, you can get around the Museum by walking or by wheelchair. You should give the Museum a notice if you are coming with a wheelchair. If you wish to go to other attractions nearby, there is a tram stop and a local train station 10 minutes away from the Museum.
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Best Time to Visit
Schloss Benrath can be visited at any time of the year. In April to October, the museums open at 11am-5pm on Monday to Friday, and 11am-6pm on Saturday. In November to March, the museums open at 11am-5pm on Tuesday to Sunday.
Will I Need a Guide?
A guided tour is included in your Schloss Benrath ticket.
How To Get There?
You can take the train to visit Schloss Benrath. Take the line S6, RE1, or RE5 and stop on Benrath S-Bahnhof (local train station). It is about a 10 minute walk to the museum. Tram line 701 and underground line U74, stop on Schloss Benrath.
During a public guided tour it is not permitted to take photos or do a video recording. If you are interested in photos for your private use, please book our “Fotoshooting-Tour”. Taking photos in the park is permitted for private use only.