Großer Garten

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  • Julia

    The small Boskett gardens were once popular meeting places for secretive gatherings.

    South of the swan ponds is a zone with bokkett gardens. The geometrically cut hornbeam hedge form long shady corridors, small niches and closed spaces. Bosketts were once popular meeting places for secretive gatherings.

    At the center of the outer bokkett gardens are pillar temples made of wood, the individual Boskette have small pools in their midst.

    Since the restoration of the Great Garden in 1936-37, the eight middle gardens have been dedicated to different themes:

        Low German Rose Garden
        lawn garden
        island garden
        Renaissance garden
        Baroque garden
        Rokokogarten
        Low German flower garden
        Spring water garden

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    • November 5, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    There is a cheap evening ticket to explore the garden the last two hours before closing (2017: 3.50 €)

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    This Boskett or Heckentheater was built in the years 1689 to 1692 under the direction of Brand Westermann. The gardeners Martin Charbonnier was responsible for the plantings.
    Historic hedge theater
    The stage is a roughly 62 x 58 meter rectangular area, which tapers backwards and rises slightly, creating a perspective effect. Gilded lead figures and taxuspyramids form the conclusion of the hornbeam hedges, which at the same time serve as a backdrop and changing room.

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Julia

    The castle and the large garden date back to an economic courtyard from 1638.
    The originally baroque palace building, which was constructed in several phases, was redesigned in the classicist style by the then court architect Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves between 1819 and 1821. It served as a summer palace for the Welfen family.

    During the Second World War the castle was bombed and destroyed in 1943. Only the grotto, the great cascade and the staircase of the castle were preserved, which was later moved to the great garden. The bombed castle and the associated property were sold by the Welfenhaus to the city of Hanover after the war.

    Herrenhausen Palace was rebuilt in 2012 as one of the top-class venues in Europe. State-of-the-art event technology, exquisite gastronomy from the kitchen and cellar as well as an event service experienced in all facets and requirements stand for a truly royal experience!

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    • November 5, 2017

  • JR56

    Herrenhausen Palace was the summer residence of the royal family of Hanover in the 19th century. However, the history of the castle begins much earlier. In 1636, Duke of Calenberg had a so-called "Vorwerk" built in Herrenhausen. From here, the Residenzstadt Hannover was supplied with agricultural products. From 1674 the summer residence was expanded. In 1680, Duke Ernst August took over the government. His political ambitions required the corresponding structural representative "accompaniment": the construction of a castle. He drafted the plans for this in 1690. The centerpiece was a central building, flanked by four symmetrically arranged buildings. With his death in 1697, the construction work ended abruptly. In the same year, Elector Sophie initiated the expansion of the baroque gardens, carried out by Martin Charbonnier. The castle was repaired in 1704. The basic features have been preserved until today.

    From 1714 the Electorate of Hanover and Great Britain were united in a personal union. The princes from Hanover resided as kings in Great Britain, but often spent the summer at Herrenhausen Palace. The castle and garden were therefore carefully maintained. The seven year old
    War brought an abrupt end to this. The maintenance of the castle was reduced to a minimum until Hanover was declared a kingdom in 1814. In 1819, the court building administrator Georg Friedrich Ludwig Laves redesigned it in the classicist style. In 1943 the castle became
    completely destroyed. Only the large staircase remained.

    In 2009/2010 the “Renaissance” of the castle started with the architectural competition for the reconstruction.
    The new castle went into operation at the beginning of 2013.

    schloss-herrenhausen.de/de/das-schloss/die-geschichte

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    • December 9, 2019

  • Johnny

    The center and the main attraction of the Great Garden is the over 70-meter-high fountain (built around 1700). In the sunshine there is always a beautiful rainbow to see.

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    • December 11, 2016

  • Danny & Kalle

    The cascade is the oldest building of the "Great Garden". They allowed over the roof terraces a direct garden access from the living rooms. They are particularly worth seeing on days of illumination in the Great Garden. Dates can be found here:
    hannover.de/Herrenhausen/Veranstaltungen

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    • February 5, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    According to a plan from 1674, probably by Henry Perronet, the maze was inserted in 1937 during the great restoration in the garden. It is octagonal and is surrounded by a broad gravel path, from which four small Bosketträume go off. The maze itself is surrounded by hornbeam hedges and leads into the middle of the complex to a wooden temple, which used to serve as Vogelvolière. The hedges are a total of 500 meters long, the shortest route to the center is 15 meters.
    Source (Hannover.de)

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Julia

    The center of the Great Parterre since 1937 forms the bell fountain, whose "bell" of 164 individual water jets is formed. Each of these rays is illuminated in the evening by its own lamp, so that the fountain in the dark is particularly impressive.

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    • November 5, 2017

  • u.s.

    A walk around the large garden are just under 3 kilometers.

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    • January 25, 2019

  • MKKA

    Very nice garden area.

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    • June 17, 2019

  • JR56

    One of the main attractions of the Great Garden and the undisputed center of the "Nouveau Jardin" is the Great Fountain. It was built around 1700 and after initial problems with the water supply, it first threw its water 36 meters high in 1721. After the technology was further improved, the beam reached 56 meters in 1856 and can now jump up to 72 meters in calm conditions.
    The water from the Great Fountain is pressed through a 4 millimeter wide, circular slot, reaching a maximum
    Speed of 140 kilometers per hour. Since the water jet is hollow, the fountain shoots only around 500 cubic meters of water every hour.

    hannover.de/Herrenhausen/Herrenh%C3%A4user-G%C3%A4rten/Gro%C3%9Fer-Garten/Gartenelemente

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    • December 9, 2019

  • Toschi 👀

    Beautiful castle. Is used a lot for wedding pictures

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    • July 5, 2020

  • Toschi 👀

    This bench is relatively far from the action and therefore invites you to take a relaxing breakaus

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    • July 5, 2020

  • Toschi 👀

    Here is a nice overview of the garden. Perfect starting point.

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    • July 5, 2020

  • Toschi 👀

    The fountain will stop at 5 p.m. So hurry up. 👍

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    • July 7, 2020

  • Danny & Kalle

    The bell fountain forms the center of the large parterre. The 31,000 square meter large ground floor or pleasure piece originally formed the counterpart to the large central ballroom of the palace and is now used as an outdoor ballroom. Its eight rectangular beds are adorned at the corners by 32 sandstone sculptures painted white. They come from the artists Christian Georg Vick, Antonio Laghi, Pieter van Empthusen and Arnold Rossfeld and represent the four continents known at the time, deities of Greek mythology and allegories.
    Source (Hannover.de)

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    On the back of the garden theater Johann Friedrich de Münter built in 1892 the Small Cascade.

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    For more than 300 years, the garden theater of Herrenhausen Gardens has been the scene of theater and dance performances, balls and masquerades. Elector Ernst August commissioned 27 gold-plated figures for the splendid decoration of this festival room around 1690.
    17 of these figures are still preserved. However, they were so badly damaged that they were scrapped in 1974 and replaced by robust bronze copies. Now the valuable originals have returned to their places in the garden theater and live up to their name "golden figures". The Wenger Foundation for Historic Preservation has had the figures restored for 353,000 euros in a Regensburg specialist workshop after being stored for more than 30 years.
    As usual then, the figures were cast from lead and finished with a gold plating. Lead figures were a popular replacement for the much more expensive bronze figures in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Lead was not only much cheaper, but also much more sensitive, so that only a few lead figures have been preserved throughout Europe to this day. Therefore, the 17 originals in the Gartentheater Herrenhausen represent a significant ensemble for the baroque sculpture of Northern Europe.
    The figures are replicas of famous examples from antiquity, as was the fashion of the garden decoration of the Baroque. At the edge of the stage, two Borghese fencers face each other, created after a marble statue unearthed in Rome in 1613. The statue can be admired today in the Paris Louvre. Also, the famous Venus Medici, now exhibited in Florence, is among the mansions gold figures to identify. It is surrounded by dancing and musical faunas, mythical spirits from the entourage of Dionysus.
    A total of 18 golden figures decorate the garden theater: In addition to the 17 originals, the restorers gilded one of the bronze figures whose baroque design no longer exists. It completes the overall picture and is indistinguishable from the originals. Visitors to the Great Garden can see the golden figures as part of their daily opening hours. Source (hannover.de)

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    The Wenger Foundation for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit private foundation. It was founded in 1997 by Dr.-Ing. Fritz H. Wenger († 2004), Dusseldorf, founded. The Foundation has made it its mission to support projects for the protection and repair of cultural monuments in Lower Saxony, especially in the state capital of Hannover. She works closely with historic preservation. The funds of the Wenger Foundation for the Preservation of Monuments benefit churches, palaces and mansions, town houses, technical monuments, city walls, funerary monuments, parks and gardens. (Source: wenger-stiftung.de)

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Danny & Kalle

    In the eastern niche, the place where Elector Sophie died in 1714, there is the larger-than-life Sophia monument, made in 1878 by Friederich Wilhelm Engelhard from Carrara marble.

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    • May 16, 2017

  • Mandelkern

    The Great Garden in late March. Bright blue sky. The still "transparent" high hedges and bare trees allow for views that are denied in the summer.

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    • May 3, 2018

  • Logusi

    The Herrenhäuser Gardens are simply beautiful to look at. Although the symmetrical design of the system is not for everyone, it makes more sense to spend your money as a motor yacht.

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    • September 16, 2018

  • JR56

    A remarkable example of European garden art is the ensemble of the Herrenhausen Gardens in the state capital Hanover. The Great Garden is one of the best-preserved and most important baroque gardens in Europe.

    The founding of the Great Garden in 1666 goes back to the Calenberg Duke Johann Friedrich. However, it owes its further expansion to a remarkable woman: Sophie von der Pfalz, Electress of Hanover. She had the garden laid out based on the French model at the end of the 17th century and made it her life's work. The result was a masterpiece of baroque garden art with many special and model gardens, large fountains, water features, maze, open-air theater, different groups of figures, cascade, castle, gallery building and orangery.

    visit-hannover.com/Hannover-erleben/Sehensw%C3%BCrdheiten/Die-Herrenh%C3%A4user-G%C3%A4rten

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    • December 9, 2019


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