The once-mighty electors of the Palatinate left their mark on this region. In the steep Neckar Valley, they built first a castle, and then a Renaissance palace grand enough to rival any of the German emperor’s residences. In the 18th century, they turned their attention to the wider Rhine Valley, constructing one of the largest Baroque palaces and an extraordinarily beautiful summer residence. These three sites – Heidelberg, Mannheim and Schwetzingen – reveal the rich history of this region.
Each year, Heidelberg Palace attracts around a million visitors. These impressive ruins are synonymous with Romanticism. Heidelberg Palace
Mannheim Baroque Palace
With a vast courtyard and a façade spanning more than 400 metres, Mannheim has one of the largest palaces in Europe. Mannheim Baroque Palace
Dilsberg Fortress Ruins
Dilsberg Fortress Ruins are known for their sweeping 360° views of the Neckar valley and the Odenwald forest. Dilsberg Fortress Ruins