Sights and attractions in the inner city

All of the sights and attractions in the inner city can be reached in just a few minutes by foot – and the walk is worthwhile! During a stroll along the Historical Route, you will find 23 impressive buildings that are steeped in history and are well worth the trip: fountains, churches, park complexes, work places and of course the baroque residence.

Additional information:
Rastatt Tourist Information
Herrenstraße 18, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 972-1220
www.historische-route-rastatt.de
E-Mail: touristinformation@rastatt.de

Rastatt Residential Palace

The Rastatt baroque residence, the “ Versailles of Baden“, has been the magnificent focus of the city for more than 300 years and is regarded to be one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Germany. It is indeed a recreation of the original of Louis XIV., the French sun king and the only baroque residence in the upper Rhine region that is preserved in its original state.

Additional information:
Rastatt Residential Palace
Herrenstraße 18 – 20, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 978 385
www.schloss-rastatt.de
E-Mail: info@schloss-rastatt.de

Favorite Palace

The Favorite Palace in the Rastatt Förch district once served as summer residence of the margravine Sibylla Augusta. The Favorite Palace that is also known as the Porcelain Palace, displays valuable porcelain collections, elaborate wall decorations and handsome textiles as well as the inviting English garden complex – one of the most beautiful park complexes of the Republic.

Additional information:
Favorite Palace
Am Schloss Favorite 5, 76437 Rastatt-Förch
Telephone: 07222 / 412 07
www.schloss-favorite.de
E-Mail: info@schloss-favorite.de

Federal Fortress Rastatt

The casemates are underground defence galleries and part of the former Federal Fortress of Rastatt. The fortifications, which lie deep in the earth, were built in 1842 to secure the Rhine border against French attacks. Today, the underground passages can be visited on a guided tour – including legends and myths.

Further information and guided tours:

Tourist Information Rastatt
Herrenstrasse 18, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 972 12 20
www.hist-ver-rastatt.de
E-mail: touristinformation@rastatt.de

Fortresses are not only to be found in Rastatt, but along the Upper Rhine on both the German and French sides. Many interesting and historical monuments can be found on the map Fortress Heritage in the PAMINA Region (Fortress Heritage in the PAMINA Region ).

As part of this year’s “Upper Rhine Fortress Summer”, you can collect stamps when visiting the fortifications, historical lines and museums shown on the map, send in your stamp passport and win attractive prizes. For more information, visit www.vis-a-vis-pamina.eu/festungen and www.forte-cultura.eu/oberrhein.

The map “Fortress Heritage in the PAMINA Area” and the stamp passport are also available at the Rastatt Tourist Information.

Rheinau wetlands

The Rastatt Rheinau wetlands are one of the largest and most beautiful nature reserves in Baden-Württemberg. As the last intact flood plains in the upper Rhine region, they serve as habitat for a multitude of plants and animals. Preserved in their original state, the Rheinau wetlands function like a true Baden jungle.

Additional information:
Pamina Rheinpark Central Office
Kirchplatz 8, 76437 Rastatt-Ottersdorf
Telephone: 0721 / 255 09
www.rheinauen-rastatt.de
www.pamina-rheinpark.org
E-Mail: info@pamina-rheinpark.org

Mercedes-Benz Factory Rastatt

Discovery tour in the Rastatt factory. The Mercedes-Benz factory in Rastatt is one of the most modern production facilities in the world-wide automobile industry. Come and experience the fascination with Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Go on a discovery tour, tour the Rastatt factory or drive the GLA built in the Rastatt factory on our “A-Rock” Off-Road Obstacle Course directly next to the Mercedes-Benz Customer Center.

Additional information:
Mercedes-Benz Customer Center Rastatt
Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 912 33 88
www.mercedes-benz.de/kundencenter-rastatt

Aalschokker [Eel yawl] “Heini” in Wintersdorf

The Aalschokker affectionately called “Heini“ is located idyllically in the estuary of the Sandbach River and has left its working days long behind. It was originally built to catch eels; today, “Heini” is a museum ship. A knowledgeable guide brings large and small visitors on board with a barque (a small wooden boat) for sightseeing.

Additional information:
Rastatt City Museum
Herrenstraße 11, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 97 28 400
E-Mail: museen@rastatt.de

Plittersdorf-Seltz Rhine ferryboat

Not only can you look directly into France from the Rastatt Plittersdorf district, you can actually take a trip there with the Plittersdorf-Seltz Rhine ferryboat. This is one of the last reaction ferries in Germany and takes automobile drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians into Alsace free of charge.

Additional information:
Rheinfähre Plittersdorf-Seltz
Fährstraße 64, 76437 Rastatt
Ferry times:
www.inforoute67.fr/pdf/horaire_bac_rhenans.pdf

Jewish Cemetery

Until 1935 numerous Jewish families lived in Rastatt; the Jewish community was an important part of Rastatt life. Visible preserved memorials are the Cantor House and the Jewish cemetery, which was dedicated in 1881. The Cantor House – once the residence of the teacher and cantor of the Jewish community is a documentary room for Jewish history in Rastatt today.

Additional information:
Rastatt City Museum
Herrenstraße 11, 76437 Rastatt
Telephone: 07222 / 97 28 400
E-Mail: museen@rastatt.de