The excursion along the Ilm Valley Cycle Path (Ilmtal-Radweg) takes us to the garden of Kromsdorf Palace. At first, the Renaissance palace looks like many others. But his park is special. 64 stone busts adorn the garden wall. The exact assignment of the busts is controversial, which even increases the appeal of a walk. [German]
Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, also know as Garden Kingdom, is a landscape park in and around Dessau-Roßlau. During a walk, I get inspired by a park which was designed in the Age of Enlightenment. Since 2000, this cultural landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [German]
The mausoleum once served as a burial ground for the Dukes of Anhalt. It was built in the years 1894/98 according to plans by Franz Schwechten. Today the building is surrounded by a zoological garden. Together with the neighbouring Georgium, this forms a recreational area for the citizens of Dessau-Roßlau. [German]
This memorial is dedicated to the journalist and esoteric Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) is considered the founder of anthroposophy. The monument was erected in 1981 in the Swiss Garden (Schweizergarten) in Vienna. The bronze relief is a work by the artist Elisabeth Oling-Jelinek. [German]
The historical garden of Naumburg Cathedral is part of the network Gartenträume (garden dreams) which comprises 40+ significant parks and gardens of Saxony-Anhalt. Among others, it shows those plants which served the Naumburg Master around 1250 as a model for the artful sculptures in the west choir of the cathedral.
This garden seen next to the minster of Mittelzell is a reconstruction of the herb garden which was mentioned in the poem ‘De cultura hortorum‘ written by Walafrid Strabo in the years between 830 and 840. Strabo described in his work, which is also known as “Hortulus“, a little garden that he used to tend with his own hands.
Next to the Belvedere Gardens, there is another garden worth a visit. The botanical garden of the University of Vienna offers a broad variety of plants combined with informative descriptions. On the photo above one can see that the garden is divided by a wall from the Belvedere Gardens.