Between the Ehrenburg Castle and Veste Coburg, the path leads directly through the Hofgarten, a large landscaped park adjacent to Coburg's city center. The origins of the Hofgarten date back to the 17th century, when Duke Albrecht of Saxe-Coburg commissioned the planning of the baroque garden. The initially strictly geometrically constructed garden was redesigned almost 200 years later under Duke Ernst I. to a landscaped garden based on the English model. Under his successor, Duke Ernst II, the court garden finally received its present size and appearance. This is reminiscent of today, among other things, the great bronze equestrian monument Ernst II, which was built in 1899 above the Schlossplatz. In addition to its historical and botanical significance, the Hofgarten today has an important recreational function for the population.
The Duke Alfred Fountain stands at the northern edge of the Coburg Hofgarten by the fortress road (50 ° 15 '35.9 "N, 10 ° 58' 22.6" E).
History: On the initiative of Duchess Marie Coburg built the fountain in place of a pond in memory of the died in July 1900 Duke Alfred. On September 9, 1903, the fountain was passed without celebration of its purpose.
The Duke Alfred Fountain was built by the court mason Peter Renner. In front of a semicircular shellfish wall, two dolphin bronze sculptures by Carl Oehrlein are arranged as gargoyles. In the shallow pool there is a fountain in the middle and on the left the male bronze figure "Schreck", a work of Christoph Franz Peter. On the right sits the female figure "Idylle", a work by August Sommer. A bulbous, baroque ornamental grille borders the fountain.
has its origin in the collecting activity of duke Franz of Saxonia Coburg and Saalfeld (1757 - 1806). Meanwhile, it is one of the largest of its kind in Bavaria with its 2300 square meters of exhibition space and, thanks to the quality of its exhibits, constitutes a first-class educational institution.
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The Hofgarten extends from Schlossplatz in the city, out to Coburg Castle. He is a great English landscape park with great plants. Great old, rare trees. Here breed 30, partly rare, bird species. Eye-catcher the old wells, such as the Duke Alfred Fountain. Recommendation.
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