Herrenhausen Gardens


Germany

UNESCO World Heritage Designation : NO
Type of Historical Garden: Baroque Garden (Grosser Garten), Botanical Garden (Berggarten), Landscape Garden (Georgengarten)
Address:

Herrenhäuser Str. 4, 30419 Hannover, Germany

Phone:

+49 (0) 511 34000


Web: www.herrenhaeuser-gaerten.de
E-mail: herrenhaeuser-gaerten@hannover-stadt.de
Region: Lower saxony / Niedersachsen
Municipality : Hanover
Town : Hanover
Place : Hanover
Google Maps Coordinates:

52°23'25.6"N 9°42'14.5"E, 52.390439, 9.704021


Access from the provincial capital :

Bus, Train, Subway, Car


Access from the nearest place to the site :

The gardens are signposted on the B6 road into Hannover from the "Herrenhausen" exit on the A2 motorway. The address is Herrenhäuser Straße, 30419 Hannover. The local tram numbers 4 and 5 and bus service number 136 stop close to the Gardens, the stations are named "Herrenhäuser Gärten".


Opening times
Opening times:

Grosser Garten and Berggarten are open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
during the period 1st of May to 31st of August, otherwise generally
until sunset. During winter months and on the occasion of events
opening times may be restricted or the gardens may be closed earlier.
The Georgengarten is a public open space with free access.

Museum:
Summer Mo.- Su 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Winter Thu.- Su 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Services

Visitors’ Reception Centre

Interpretation Centre

Associated museum

Guided visits

Audioguides

Educational workshops

Activities for the general public

Parking for private vehicles

Parking for buses

Access for people with disabilities or reduced

Café

Restaurant

Souvenir shop

Toilets

     Others:

Info

Nearest parking for buses:

Herrenhäuser Str. 3c


Nearest parking for private vehicles:

Herrenhäuser Str. 3c


Days open to the public: Daily
Age restrictions:

Sin restricciones


Types of visits:

No restrictions


Duration of visits:

Guided or individual visits


Maximum number of visitors in a group:

25 Persons


Maximum number of visitors per day:

No restrictions


Admission fees:

Summer Season (April – October):
Combined ticket Grosser Garten/Berggarten/Museum: 8 Euro
Group with 15 or more Pax: 7 Euro
Berggarten: 3,50 Euro
Children up to 12 years: free
Children from 12 up to 17 years: 4 Euro
Annual Season Ticket (Gardens): 25 Euro

During the winter season there are cheaper admission prices.


Reservations:

Information/Bookings for Groups:
Hannover Marketing and Tourismus
Phone: +49 (0) 511 12345-333
Telefax: +49 (0) 511 12345-334
E-Mail: staedtereise@hannover-tourismus.de
www.hannover.de/bus


Prior purchase of tickets:

Information/Bookings for Groups:
Hannover Marketing and Tourismus
Phone: +49 (0) 511 12345-333
Telefax: +49 (0) 511 12345-334
E-Mail: staedtereise@hannover-tourismus.de
www.hannover.de/bus

For individual tourists there are no tickets available in advance.


Educational workshops:

There are workshops for school classes.


Activities for the public:

From April on the Herrenhausen Gardens are transformed into a cultural arena of the superlative against a backcloth of fresh spring greenery. Many important events are staged In the midst of nearly 60,000 summer flowers and 1000 tub plants; for example the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, the International Firework Competition, Kleines Fest im Großen Garten or summer evening-events staged in the historical Hedge Theatre – the last remaining theatre of its type in Germany.

Especially atmospheric are the evening illuminations. The Great Garden is lit up not only after concerts but also in the late hours of selected days from June until early September.


Nearest cultural destinations:
Nearest natural destinations:
Nearby accommodation:

visit-hannover.com


Nearby restaurants:

Schlossküche Herrenhausen: schlosskueche-herrenhausen.de


Crafts, gastronomy, gift shops etc., at the site or in the area:

Shop in the castle (opening hours like museum) and information pavilion (summer season 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).


Historical background of the garden

The Royal Gardens in Hanover Herrenhausen are considered to be one of the most beautiful garden parks in Europe. Originating back more than 300 years, they are an expression of garden art in its finest form. The Gardens were originally planned as a pleasure garden for the royal court, were laid down by the Electress Sophie from 1676-1714 and today cover an area of 135 hectares. She was once heard to say ‘The Garden is my life’.

This Garden is home and habitat to many rare plants and trees, the tender green rococo garden, the knotted renaissance flower beds, the historical Hedge Theatre adorned in green and gold, one of the highest fountains and one of the largest collections of orchids. All these features make the former summer residence of the Guelph a magical setting which conveys an authentic image of a royal lifestyle in former days.

 

Description of the Garden

The Grosser Garten (Great Garden), whose baroque layout has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, attracts the visitor to enjoy a leisurely stroll and to admire the bubbling cascades and fountains and the magnificent parterre. The Palace was destroyed during the Second World War. Recently reconstructed, with a façade faithful to the original construction, it now serves as a modern congress centre with integrated museum restoring once more the architectural centre point of the Herrenhausen Gardens. The renowned Galerie with its fresco adorned ballroom and the unique historical hedge theatre are further evidence to the former glamorous lifestyle of the royal court.

Herrenhausen combines old with modern art: the Grotte (Grotto), where members of the royal court formerly took shelter from the heat of the summer sun, was converted by the famous artist Niki de Saint Phalle into a cave with figures, glass mosaic and pebble stones on the walls and ceilings; the result a blitz of colour, an amazing work of art transmitting feelings of happiness and `joie de vivre`.

For garden lovers the Berggarten offers a wide array of plants to discover. Vast numbers of native and exotic plants thrive and flourish in this botanical garden, not to forget that the Berggarten possesses one of the largest collections of orchids worldwide.
The garden, with its ‘close to nature’ configuration, is divided into different areas from prairie to paradise and the presentation of perennial flower beds; with many highlights according to the season of the year.

The majestic flowering magnolia trees and rhododendrons in the spring, prairie perennials and grasses in the late summer, swamp and pond scenery of special interest in the winter are just a few examples of the many beautiful aspects to be admired and appreciated. In the glasshouses there are always around 800 flowering orchids and exotic plants from around the world to be seen. For more than 300 years a linden tree lined avenue leads the way to the mausoleum of the Royal House of Hanover. The Electress Sophie, King George I of England and many of their descendants found their last resting place here.

The Georgengarten with its idyllic landscape garden of lawns, shrubberies, tranquil ponds and ornamental bridges is a wonderful setting for a walk to the Wilhelm Busch Museum for Caricature and Drawing Art.

 

Chronology

Origin from 1666, extension in its today’s form 1676 to 1714

 

Brief description of the Interpretation Centre/Museum

The summer residence of the Royal House of Hanover was destroyed in the Second World War. Now it has been rebuilt on the original site to the original plans and filled with life for modern times. Only the side wings of the Palace, which are connected by an underground corridor with one another, are open to visitors to the gardens.

Here in Herrenhausen Palace Museum, Hannover’s Historical Museum provides information on the era of Baroque absolutism, on the importance of Hannover around 1700 and beyond. It also looks at the polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the legendary Electress Sophie and the period of personal union with England. From 1714 to 1837 the electorate of Hanover and Great Britain was ruled by kings from Hannover.

 


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