They are among the most beautiful parks in Europe.
STROLL IN 17TH CENTURY STYLE
It’s one of Europe’s most beautiful parks and, for over 300 years, the HERRENHAUSEN GARDENS have represented the highest level of garden design and culture. “The garden is my life,” said Electress Sophie, whose son George Ludwig ruled as Prince of Hannover and King of Great Britain (George I). The Russian Czar Peter the Great danced in Herrenhausen; not only that, but Herrenhausen once played host to Georg Friedrich Händel making music and polymath Leibniz pondering the endlessness of God’s creation. The former summer residence of the Guelphs still gives a sense of the royal lifestyle to this day. An authentic Baroque garden still exists in the form of the GROSSER GARTEN, with its formal layout, magnificent parterre, historical Garden Theatre, fountains and the Grotto designed by Niki de Saint Phalle. Since 2013, the rebuilt Herrenhausen Palace has housed a museum. Temporary exhibitions showcase Baroque treasures and present famous figures from the history of Hannover. The Berggarten is also the site of the mausoleum of the Royal House of Hannover. Electress Sophie and King George I of Great Britain are buried here along with their descendants. It is well worth taking a stroll to the Wilhelm Busch Museum while visiting the GEORGENGARTEN, with its Englishstyle design and idyllic scenery. The garden is also home to the Leibniz Temple, with 12 ionic columns and a marble bust, which honours the memory of the Hanoverian polymath. Beginning in May, the Herrenhausen Gardens transform into a ballroom. Adorned with thousands of summer blossoms and potted plants, the gardens host various events such as the International Fireworks Competition and the Garden Festival in the Georgengarten. Guided tours of the Herrenhausen Gardens reveal their lush diversity and history.
The gardens are open every day from 9 a.m. all year round. In the summer season there are water features every day and the information pavilion / shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.