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Englischer Bau (Schloss), Heidelberg

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Contact: +49 6221 581 0580
Open Hours: Courtyard: 8a-6p M-Su
When the ambitious Friedrich V., Bohemia's Winter King, became Prince Elector in 1610, his predecessors had already made use of every inch of the courtyard. To add another building Friedrich V. (who in 1613 married Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of the English King Jacob I.) had to plan his building beyond the castle walls. On the north-western side he had a palace extension built, through the Artillery Garden to the Thick Tower . On the Thick Tower the festival hall was added, where concerts and theater plays (among others some by Shakespeare) were staged. Of the former two storey building only the outer walls remain, displaying clear, classical forms offering a striking contrast to the older and richly adorned palaces of Ottheinrichsbau and Friedrichsbau .