Before the opera or during the intermission you can get a glass of champagne or Sekt here and go for a stroll in the garden.
This is a formal baroque garden, modeled after the one in Versailles, including an “Orangerie” at the far end.
There are over fifty statues of various sorts in the garden, depicting gnomes, Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, dwarves and figures that are supposed to symbolize the winds and the elements.
According to the palace website, the garden was so important to Count Carl Ludwig von Hohenlohe-Weikersheim that immediately after his accession in 1708 he awarded the necessary contracts to craftsmen and artists. For him, the garden was a continuation of the palace and provided outdoor banquet halls. “The perfect form that nature has received signals that the master of the garden rules everything — including nature.”
My photos in this post are from 2009. I revised the text in 2019.
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