Ausblick auf das Schloss Benrath, © Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath

Ben­rath Palace and Castle Park

Mag­ni­fi­cent Düs­sel­dorf struc­ture and park

Düs­sel­dorf’s gran­di­os­ity is not lim­ited to the de­sign­er shops of the König­sallee: Ben­rath Palace is con­sidered the state cap­it­al’s most im­port­ant ar­chi­tec­tur­al work of art.

With its sum­mer res­id­ence, hunt­ing park, ponds and canals, Ben­rath Palace is the most im­port­ant ar­chi­tec­tur­al work of art in Düs­sel­dorf. This palace to the south of Düs­sel­dorf looks just the same today as it would have in 1775, when it was planned and built by mas­ter build­er Nic­olas de Pi­gage for Elect­or Pal­at­ine Charles Theodore.

As the palace and its gen­er­ously-pro­por­tioned gar­dens and av­en­ues were be­ing planned, every room in­side was matched with a garden area in the grounds. The Eng­lish garden with its rare trees thus cor­res­ponds to the Elect­or’s private room; the French garden with foun­tains and flower beds mir­rors the rooms of the Electress. A kit­chen garden with fruit on trel­lises, ve­get­ables, herbs and flowers once sup­plied the palace kit­chens with the rel­ev­ant in­gredi­ents and can still be ad­mired today.

A vast forest park stretches al­most as far as the banks of the nearby Rhine. The net­work of av­en­ues is ri­gidly geo­met­ric­al in design, with all paths meet­ing in a star form­a­tion around a large lawn. Today, Ben­rath Palace is home to the Mu­seum of European Garden Art. The castle park is also a ven­ue for many con­certs and oth­er events, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Open­ing hours:
Open all year round from Tues­day to Sunday
Novem­ber - March: 11 am - 5 pm
April - Oc­to­ber: week­days: 11 am - 5 pm; week­ends: 11 am - 6 pm

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Das Düsseldorfer Schloss Benrath wurde 1775 erbaut, © Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath
Schloss Benrath mit Park Sicht aus dem Park, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
Auch eine Orangerie ist Teil vom Gesamtkomplex des Schloss Benrath, © Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath

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