With its fanciful pink façade and landscaped gardens stretching all the way to the banks of the Rhine, Schloss Benrath is one of the region’s most attractive baroque palaces and makes a popular side-trip from nearby Dusseldorf. Built in 1755 for Elector Palatine Carl Theodor, the grand palace looks out over a glittering lake and backs up onto more than 14 acres of parks and gardens, dotted with pretty water features, herb and flower gardens and an orangery.
Today, the palace is open to the public and home to a collection of three museums—the Palace Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum for European Garden Art—and also hosts concerts, weddings and theater performances in its halls.
Schloss Benrath is located around 12km southeast of Dusseldorf and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm. Entrance to the castle grounds is free, while adult admission to the castle and museums is €11.