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Object description:

Seehof Palace with Orangery Parterre
White Hall
Audience Room of the Prince Bishop

Seehof Palace – Memmelsdorf near Bamberg

The prince-bishop’s summer residence north-east of Bamberg originated as a hunting lodge and country house dating from the end of the 15th century. The present four-winged complex with its striking corner towers, based on the Aschaffenburg palace, was begun in 1687 under the Bamberg Prince-Bishop Marquard Sebastian Schenk von Stauffenberg from plans by the architect Antonio Petrini from northern Italy.

The building was completed by the end of the 18th century under von Stauffenberg’s successors, who also made certain alterations to the original design. Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Anton von Franckenstein thus redesigned the White Hall in the west wing, also summoning the court painter of the Mainz electoral court, Giuseppe Appiani, to Bamberg in 1751 for the purpose. The artist, who also painted the ceiling frescoes of the nearby Vierzehnheiligen pilgrimage church, created a splendid ceiling painting depicting the heavenly paradise of the gods with allegories of hunting and other amusements at a prince-bishop’s residence. Today, after comprehensive renovation, nine of the former period rooms with their furnishings are open to the public.

It was during the reign of Prince-Bishop Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim (1757-1779) that the large cascade with the figure program by Ferdinand Tietz and the symmetrical flights of steps was created. The comprehensive restoration of the cascade was completed in 1995 and the waterworks are now operating almost exactly as they were over 200 years ago.

Among other things, the sculptures by Ferdinand Tietz, which can be admired in the garden and in the Tietz Museum in the Orangery, bear witness to the splendour of the former rococo garden.

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Seehof Palace Park

Current information

You can only visit Seehof Palace with a guided tour.

For organisational reasons, we ask groups from 10 persons to register by phone or e-mail. Many thanks


96117 Memmelsdorf
  0951 4095-71

Opening hours

22 March-3 November: 9 am-6 pm
closed Mondays
(except: Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 15 August, 3 October)

Guided tour only

closed 4 November-21 March

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours

A visit is only possible with a guided tour (in German; approximately 45 minutes). The guided tours take place regularly.

Admission fees 2024

5 euros regular
4 euros reduced

Combination ticket
(Seehof Palace + New Residence in Bamberg)
9 Euro regular
7 Euro reduced

Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

General tariff regulations (excerpt)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets



May-beginning of October:
daily 10 am-5 pm
every hour on the hour

Getting here / parking


Bus to 'Seehof'

224 car parking spaces, 7 bus parking spaces available

Further information

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Bamberg
Domplatz 8
96049 Bamberg
0951 51939-0
und 0951 51939-114
Fax 0951 51939-129

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