Pinsteps. The Herrenhausen Gardens, or Herrenhäuser Gärten, in Hanover, Germany
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The Herrenhausen Gardens, or Herrenhäuser Gärten, in Hanover, Germany, are one of Europe's most outstanding examples of elaborate garden design. The gardens consist of the Großer Garten (Great Garden), the Berggarten (Mountain Garden), the Georgengarten (George Garden), and the Welfengarten (Welf Garden).

1. Beauty and Significance as a Baroque Masterpiece:

The Großer Garten is perhaps the most significant part of the Herrenhausen Gardens, especially regarding its extravagant design. Its beauty lies in its symmetry, meticulously maintained formal planting and landscaping, and architectural features. Among these are the Great Fountain, which can reach a height of 80 meters, the ornate grotto designed by Niki de Saint Phalle, and various statues and sculptures scattered throughout the garden.

The principles of baroque garden design are evident in the Großer Garten's geometric paths and parterres, water features, and emphasis on perspective and grand vistas. The gardens are intended to showcase not only nature's beauty but also humans' ability to shape, control, and master it.

2. Historical Events:

The Herrenhausen Gardens have witnessed various historical events. They were a favourite retreat of Sophia of Hanover, known for her intellectual gatherings, which included notable figures such as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the philosopher and mathematician.

During World War II, much of the Herrenhausen Palace and the gardens were destroyed in an air raid in 1943. However, the gardens were painstakingly restored over the years, and the palace was rebuilt and opened to the public in 2013 as a museum and event venue.

3. Royal Visitors:

The gardens have been a favourite spot for many royal figures over the centuries. Sophia of Hanover, who was in line for the British throne, spent considerable time there. Her son, George I of Great Britain, also appreciated the gardens. King George II was born in Herrenhausen Palace and visited the gardens until his last visit in 1755.

4. Interesting Anecdotes:

An interesting fact about the Herrenhausen Gardens is that the Great Fountain was a significant achievement. When it was first built in the late 17th century, it could reach a height of about 35 meters. In the 19th century, it was equipped with a modern pump system that allows the water to get 80 meters today.

The gardens have also been a significant cultural venue. Since 1935, they have been the site of the annual Hanover Festival, which features fireworks competitions, concerts, and theatrical performances.

It's also worth noting the Garden Library in the Berggarten, which holds around 20,000 books about general botany and garden art, reflecting the garden's long history of botanical exploration and design.

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Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day trip in Hanover, visiting the Leibniz University and Herrenhausen Gardens.


  1. Start at Leibniz University: Start your day at the Leibniz University of Hanover, one of Germany's largest and oldest science and technology universities. The campus is dotted with historical buildings and modern structures, reflecting the evolution of education and technology over the centuries. Explore the main building, the Conti-Tower, and the beautiful library.

  2. Visit the Welfenschloss: This former royal palace now serves as the university's main building. It is an excellent example of historicist architecture with a beautiful facade and interior. Also, don't miss the chance to visit the Welfengarten, the park surrounding the palace.

  3. Lunch: Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes near the university. You can find everything from traditional German fare to international cuisine.


  1. Herrenhausen Gardens: Head to the Herrenhausen Gardens after lunch. This complex consists of the Great Garden (Großer Garten), the Berggarten, the Georgengarten, and the Welfengarten. Spend the afternoon strolling through these stunning gardens, which reflect the baroque ideals of ordered nature and art.

  2. The Great Garden: Start with the Great Garden, one of Europe's most distinguished elaborate formal gardens. Here, you can admire meticulously manicured lawns, hedges, walkways, and a beautiful fountain that shoots water 80 meters high.

  3. The Berggarten: Next, visit the Berggarten, a botanical garden with an impressive collection of plants. Don't miss the orchid collection, the rainforest house, and the cactus house.

  4. The Georgengarten and Welfengarten: These English-style gardens are perfect for a stroll. They're also home to the Wilhelm Busch Museum and the Leibniz Temple.


  1. Dinner: After a day of exploring, have dinner at one of the restaurants near the gardens. You could also opt for a meal in the city centre, just a short tram ride away. Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day trip in Hanover, visiting the Leibniz University and Herrenhausen Gardens.

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