We had originally intended visiting Schwenningen on the previous day but by chance learnt that they were hosting a ‘Landesgartenshau’, a garden show for Baden-Württenburg, which is held every two years in a different town. We spent several hours looking around the very impressive show but still did not manage to see everything.
Unfortunately, the main attraction of Rastatt, the Palace, was being repaired and was covered in sheeting on the front façade. We were able to see the reverse side facing the garden but found the gardens a bit unkempt. Because it was very hot we were pleased to sit with a cold drink and watch the world go by.
The centre of Schwenningen
First glimpse of the garden show
An orange bed with strange blue ‘flowers’
View towards the greenhouses
A reminder of the Schwenningen clock industry
Rachel cools off at the source of the Neckar River.
What book is the boy reading?
The Neckar starts on its journey.
An insect house in the vegetable garden
A quick rest among the flowers
Climbing fun for children
This could be a wood pile but is instead the outside of an exhibition area.
Potted plants leading to an old railway building
Flower displays inside the old railway building
All white – a display in the greenhouse
The old railway building with hanging baskets
Rachel takes time out to text.
Stones abound in this garden
The centre of a beer-brewing town, where we took a short break on the way to Rastatt
Entrance to the Palace, …
… which is a building site at the moment
The Palace from the gardens
A fountain just outside the Palace gardens
A church in the centre of the town
Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude from Lute Suite In G Minor, BWV 995