Benrath Palace in the south of Duesseldorf is not only a must see for history buffs; due to its gorgeous architecture it is definitely worth a visit for everyone.

In the 18th century Elector Palatine Carl Theodor assigned Nicolas de Pigage with the task of building the palace; the court architect also designed the surrounding park: The Castle grounds cover more than 600,000 square metres and show stylistic elements of the Baroque, the Rococo period and of Classicism.

On the occasion of the “EUROGA 2002 plus” parts of the park were carefully restored. In the same year the “Museum of European Garden Art” was established. It is located in the castle’s east wing. The main palace (Corps de Logis) combines architecture with nature and is considered one of the most beautiful “maisons de plaisance” of its time. The west wing houses the Museum of Natural History. It’s exhibits vividly illustrate the natural history of the Lower Rhine Bay and the surrounding area. They show changes of the river course over the centuries, Rhine fishery, marshland and heath, flora and fauna and the trees in the palace grounds. Don’t miss the Benrath “Bird-Clock”: It plays dawn songs of different birds breeding in the park.