Grand Renaissance palace in Aschaffenburg
Being one of Germany’s grandest Renaissance palaces, Johannisburg dominates the historic town centre of Aschaffenburg. The palace is made of red sandstone and is located on the banks of the river Main. Named after John the Baptist, Johannisburg was built in the 17th century and had soon become one of the most important Renaissance palaces. You can see this palace from across the river and from most locations in the town of Aschaffenburg.
It is built symmetrical and has four wings and four corner towers. You can enter the palace through its massive, heavy wooden doors and step into the courtyard in the middle of the palace.
Johannisburg Palace currently houses three museums. The art museum which shows European paintings by famous artist like Raphael, Rembrandt and Rubens. You can also enjoy the Schlossmuseum which mainly shows the history of the palace and the town. Johannisburg also has a rather unusual attraction to offer – it is home to the world’s largest collection of cork models. These are very detailed cork-replicas of famous historical buildings. You should definitely check out the cork model of the Colosseum – I was amazed by its details especially because I have seen the real Colosseum in Rome a few years ago.
This palace is definitely worth seeing. After visiting the castle you can have some food or local wine in the traditional German restaurant inside the palace! Or you can go for a nice walk along the river Main or visit the beautiful, historic town centre of Aschaffenburg.
Probably the main landmark of the city of Aschaffenburg is its great Rennaissance castle called Johannisburg, built in the beginning of the 17-th century and serving as a residence of the archbishops of Mainz.. The castle is rectangular with a large inner court and is built of bricks in some colour between dark pink and dark red The interior is in the Classicism style, but at the time of my visit it was not opened for some strange reason and I did not actually see the insides. In the summer nights (probably also in the other seasons) the castle is very brightly illuminated and looks marvelously. [more]