The grounds are actually home to three palaces: Old Schliessheim Palace, Lustheim Palace, and New Schliessheim Palace. The old palace is what was built as a country house by William V in 1598. It was heavily destroyed in World War II but has been reconstructed and is available to tour.
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The New Schliessheim Palace was constructed in 1701 - 1704, and was enlarged two decades later. The interior of the palace is a baroque masterpiece, especially the impressive Grand Hall, Grand Gallery, and main staircase. Several rooms in the palace now exhibit famous baroque paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck, and other Italian, German, and Spanish artists.
As always, I love the palace garden. Oberschliessheim's gorgeous garden is one of the rare preserved baroque gardens in Germany and is still largely in its original form. There are canals and other water features.
Oberschliessheim Palace is closed on Mondays, but otherwise open from 9 am to 6 pm from April to September and 10 am to 4 pm from October to March. No guided tours are offered but audio guides are available for rent. Admission is 4.50€ for adults and free for children under 18.
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