See sites of royal splendour in Germany
The egapark in Erfurt is one of the largest parks in Germany. Although it was used as a park in the 1920s, the area around Cyriaksburg Castle was not converted into a garden and exhibition park until 1959. Since reunification, egapark Erfurt has developed into one of the most beautiful parks in Germany. egapark boasts Europe's largest ornamental flowerbed, with 150,000 spring flowers and a magnificent display of herbaceous perennials in summer. The rose garden is a paradise in itself, boasting 450 varieties. Also a delight is the grass and herbaceous garden. The Japanese rock and water garden (7,000 square metres) is inspired by Japanese garden design. Other essential attractions include the glasshouses with their cacti and orchids, and the butterfly house. The sheer variety of exotic displays is simply breathtaking. At the German Horticultural Museum, the highlight of any visit to egapark, the much-admired permanent exhibition sheds light on the history of the garden. Those who yearn for the peace and quiet of a park will feel right at home, while the little ones can burn off excess energy at the 35,000m² adventure playground and children's farm. From the former gun turret of Cyriaksburg Castle you can marvel at the egapark splendour in its entirety. Nearby attractions: The city of Erfurt, dating back 1,260 years, offers medieval churches and a mix of modern and historical inns and restaurants in its picturesque old town – perfect for a bite to eat or a leisurely stroll. A disused gravel pit just outside Erfurt is currently being transformed into a beautiful chain of lakes. Castle Runneburg from the 12th century lies 30km from Erfurt on the shores of Lake Weissensee.