Stadtbezirk 09

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  • Day7

    Schloss Benrath

    June 10, 2015 in Germany

    I went on a daytrip to Holland today. It was for work. And then later in the evening I visited Schloss Benrath. I really can’t complain.

    Schloss Benrath was built in the late 1700’s and sits on the bank of the Rhein a couple of miles south of Düsseldorf. It takes roughly about a year and half to get there on an apocalypse tram. Or, to be more precise, about 25 minutes. But that is a lot of time when you’re in a race against the setting sun.

    I got to Benrath at about 9m, so only had about an hour and a half to play with before darkness set in. I didn’t get a chance to see much of Benrtah, the town itself, or the enormous palace gardens, but both seemed really nice. Tonight, I was here just to see the palace.

    Pink, Baroque, lovely. The palace sits, raised slightly, in front of a circular, tree lined pond. Geese and goslings, ducks and ducklings swam about the pond, which reflected the pinkness of the palace and the pale orange of the retiring sun. There are two wings on either side of the palace, which curve about the perimeter of the pond.

    To the back of the palace is another pond; a long one that seems to stretch on forever. Here nature has been tamed and controlled, in a very French, ordered way. A mini Versailles. The lawns were full of people, sitting watching the world go by or walking their dogs. (One person, would you believe it, was walking a bear. A barking bear! I jumped, ever so slightly, when I saw that beast.)

    There is an Englischer Garten too, full of roses and tulips and other flowers I couldn’t put a name to. An Englischer Garten with tulips. You see, Mum, there really is no excuse.

    Then there was an orangerie, an enormous orangerie. I’m partial to an orange myself, but these lots must have taken it to a whole different level. The orangerie was larger than the actual palace itself.

    Schloss Benrath seems to get overlooked. It isn’t on most people’s radars. Whilst my spinach ravioli was cooking (two days down, six to go), I was studying the new Düsseldorf street plan map that I’d just bought. I was trying to figure out the best way to the palace, when a housemate walked in and offered to help me. ‘I’ve been once,’ they said, ‘but that was over ten years ago, and I was there only by accident’. That was coming from someone who had lived in Düsseldorf all their life. So we worked out the best way to get there, and off we went.

    It is worth remembering, though, that this is the Rhein land. Palaces here are a plenty. So if Benrath should fail to get the attention it deserves, it’s because it’s a small fish in a big pond. If you head south there are palaces and castles scattered across the entire landscape. I remember travelling from Koblenz to Strasbourg, and for much of that journey the train followed the Rhein. On both the French and the German side, there were palaces and castles and fortresses almost every 200 meters are so. This patch of land has, over the years, been fiercely thought over. Although watching the geese paddle around the Schloßweiher, you would never have thought so.
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  • Day1

    Schloß Benrath

    November 8, 2015 in Germany

    I get to Schloß Benrath and consider turning around. It has taken about an hour, perhaps even longer, to get this far. Following the river isn't as simple as I'd thought - I'm constantly being navigated through woods and maze like housing estates. Already, I've been lost once or twice and I'm still within Düsseldorf. I find map and realise that if I'd traveled by the road I'd have made it to Benrath in a third of the time - following the river, with its twist and turns, is not how a crow would fly.Read more

  • Day2

    Heute starten wir sehr ausgeschlafen in den Tag: Die Nacht wurden die Uhren eine Stunde zurück gestellt und wir sind erst um 10:30 Uhr mit Jacky & Toni zum Frühstück verabredet. Also nochmal umdrehen und in Ruhe die freistehende (zugegeben auch gewöhnungsbedürftige Dusche) genießen und dann ab in die glutenfreie Patîsserie Isabella! Ein sehr heimeliges Ambiente sowie super leckeres Frühstück erwartet uns. Ein wundervoller Start in den Tag und ein super ausgesuchtes Geschenk von Jacky zu meinem Geburtstag!

    Anschließend geht es durch Sturm und Schauer mit dem Auto zum Schloss Benrath. Wir buchen die Führung um 13:30 Uhr und machen bevor diese beginnt noch einen kleinen Spaziergang durch den herbstlichen, großzügigen Schlosspark. Gut, dass wir das vorher gemacht haben, denn pünktlich zur Führung fegt der nächste Schauer vom Himmel. Zum Glück ist die Führung drinnen. :-)

    1 Stunde lang wandeln wir unter der Führung eines vermutlich südeuropäischen Kunststudenten auf den Spuren des Kurfürsten Carl Theodors und seiner Gemalin Elisabeth Auguste durch deren einstige Sommerresidenz. Auch wenn sie selbst das Schloss laut der Überlieferung nur 3 mal nutzten, spürt man die adelige Atmosphäre in jedem der herrschaftlichen Räume. Ein prunkvolles Schloss mit vielen Geheimtüren und -gängen sowie vielen spannenden Geschichten. Sehr zu empfehlen und einen Besuch in jedem Fall wert!

    Nach der Führung treibt uns das nach wie vor kalte, stürmische Herbstwetter in ein gemütliches Café. Bei Riesenwaffeln, Kaffee und Kakao wärmen wir uns auf bevor es zurück in die City geht.

    Wir gönnen uns 2 Stunden Ruhepause im Hotel und laufen dann zu Jacky in die Wohnung und kochen gemeinsam Spaghetti mit Süßkartoffeln, Feta und Spinat. Es wird ein geselliger, ruhiger Abend mit lustigen Anekdoten und schönen Urlaubsbildern aus Andalusien.
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