The Irrhain was built around 1680 as a meeting and recreation place for the members of the Pegnesian Flower Order. This association, founded by Georg Philipp Harsdörfer and Johann Klaj in 1644, was one of the most important Baroque language and literature societies in Germany. (With lesser importance the Order of Flowers still exists today). As the name suggests, the Irrhain was initially designed as a labyrinth; however, this was later given up as too costly - the "Irret not" on the archway thus lost the concrete meaning that it once possessed.
Plans to renovate the now rather wild plant failed so far to objections of nature conservation (Ragwort). However, you can still visit the memorials erected on the Scheinfriedhof for Harsdörfer, Klaj, Birken or Wieland, some commemorative plaques and the Schiller monument erected on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death.
September 18, 2015
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