The Baroque palace at Bruchsal in Baden-Württemberg was built as the residence of the Prince-Bishops of Speyer in the 1720s. It’s particularly renowned for the staircase constructed in 1731 by Balthasar Neumann, the architect of the Würzburg Residence. The schloss and the town centre were almost completely destroyed during an air-raid in the last weeks of World War Two. With the town undefended and the Allied forces only 20km away the air-raid has proved to be one of the Allied powers’ more controversial bombing raids. The exterior of the schloss was painstakingly reconstructed after the war along with Neumann’s staircase and some of the finest interiors.