The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen – supreme garden art & culture
Hannover has a most extraordinary woman to thank for this masterpiece of baroque garden art: Electress Sophia of the Palatinate. Inspired by the sun king Louis XIV, she had the Great Garden laid out at the end of the 17th century in the French style, and it became her life’s work. Today, around half a million visitors a year enjoy the flair of this baroque garden, which can rightly claim to be one of the best preserved in the whole of Europe. The Great Garden now also boasts a new top attraction since 2013: the new Herrenhausen Palace Museum which invites visitors to enjoy in a very entertaining way the enormous diversity of the palaces and gardens in the fascinating Herrenhausen ensemble.
The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen are also famous for their very diverse programme of events, such as the International Fireworks Competition, the “Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen” festival, and many other top quality concerts, musicals and dance performances. Come along and see the magic for yourself! The Berggarten next door is also very well worth a visit – this outstanding botanical garden boasts around 12,000 different species of plants.
Marienburg Castle – a neogothic fairy-tale
True love remembered forever in stone: When King Georg V gave Marienburg Castle to his wife Queen Marie as a present, he could not have known that it would become one of the most impressive 19th century neogothic buildings. This reawakend Sleeping Beauty castle (built 1858 - 1867) now captivates its visitors with its fairy-tale architecture of battlements, towers and turrets, as well as the almost entirely preserved furnishings.
During the season there are guided tours of the castle every day focusing on different aspects. There are also concerts and events, and delicious food is served in the castle restaurant.
International Fireworks Competition
Every year, five teams from around the world compete against one another in the baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen.
Marienburg Castle lies on an outlier of the Deister hills around 20 km south of Hannover.
Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen
Here you can find day arrangements for the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen from 15 people.
Walkabouts in Herrenhausen
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