Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Schloss Solitude

Schloss Solitude, or Solitude Palace is a small Rococo palace standing on the slopes of a hill. It was built for Prince Karl Eugene in 1763-67 who also took an active part in its design. The castle's design is the work of Pierre Louis de la Guêpière who introduced the Louis XVI-style to Germany. Many consider the palace to be his masterpiece.

The castle was fully restored in 1990 and following the provision of 45 residential studio apartments, it is now home of the Academy Castle Solitude and serves art students on scholarships from all over the world. The castle is connected to the residence castle in Ludwigsburg with a 13-kilometer long straight street. This can be seen via the northern main gate where the Solitudeallee also begins.

One can catch a view of Ludwigsburg from the castle. Once there, you would really feel the solitude that its name implies. There is a garden at the back of the castle and guests can go there for free. To have a tour of the castle though, you have to make a request and register.

It was still summer when we went there. The sun has just set at 8:00PM and these two planes seem to be racing against each other.


Enchie said...

Ganda Kamz! Especially the last photo... it took my breath away :)

Azumi's Mom ★ said...

gosh im so envy =( ang dami nyo na napuntahan. Isa na naman interesting place to go.. I hope someday, bago man lang mag-retire, makapunta ng europe.

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