Fruits borne of strong women

In 18th century Germany, women of power took planning into their own hands. Beautiful gardens demonstrated their skill and pre-eminence. Princess Constance de Salm, who ruled over Dyck moated palace, was also a champion of women's rights.

The Old and New Hermitage Palace in Bayreuth represent a remarkable synthesis of architecture and scenic parkland from the 18th century. The gardens were designed by Margravine Wilhelmine from 1735 onwards and later landscaped in the Romantic style.

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Dyck Castle

Dyck Moated Castle is one of the foremost cultural monuments in the Rhineland. Prince Joseph zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck (1773-1861) and his wife Princess Constance de Salm (1767-1845) provided the designs and the dynamism to turn this extensive 50-hectare park into a paradise of near poetic beauty.

'Favorite' Palace

'Favorite' Palace in Rastatt is the oldest 'porcelain palace' in Germany. This rococo gem in Baden is tucked away amid sprawling parkland. Preceded by an English Garden, its twin flights of steps at the front of the building arch round and up to the bel étage.

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