The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, one of Europe’s most beautiful parks, feature three distinct styles of garden and landscape design: the Great Garden has impressive baroque ornaments and magnificent fountains. The Grotto, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle, forms a vibrant contrast within this formal setting with its colourful modern art.
In the neighbouring Berggarten, visitors can view rare botanic treasures and stroll through greenhouses filled with flowering orchids and tropical plants. The idyllic Georgengarten is laid out in the style of classic English landscape gardens and is the perfect place for a relaxing walk.
With so much to do here, including a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium in the Berggarten or the Wilhelm Busch Museum in the Georgengarten, an informative guided tour or a break in one of the park’s restaurants and cafés, it is easy to spend an entire day in these stunning gardens.
From May on the gardens are transformed into a magnificent green venue for events: decorated with nearly 60,000 summer flowers and 1,000 container plants, they become the backdrop for a wide variety of cultural events, such as the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, the International Firework Competition, the Kleines Fest Festival in the Great Garden, or performances in the historic Garden Theatre. The evening illuminations in the Great Garden are a wonderfully atmospheric way to round off the day.