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Hannover, Herrenhausen Gardens – baroque Great Garden

Monumento a una pasión floreciente: los jardines barrocos de Baja Sajonia y Renania del Norte-Westfalia

Con abnegación se entregó Sofía de Hannover en el siglo XVII a la configuración de jardines. Su habilidad se pone de manifiesto particularmente en los Jardines Reales de Herrenhausen, para los que tomó como modelo los impresionantes conjuntos barrocos de los Oranier.

The Royal Gardens at Herrenhausen are among the finest in Europe. Electress Sophie von Hannover was the mastermind behind these splendid gardens. She had the country estate and summer retreat of Herrenhausen laid out in the beautiful baroque style favoured by the House of Orange. read more »

This former Benedictine abbey in the Weserbergland hills of eastern Westphalia was a major Carolingian abbey in its day and boasted one of the region's most prestigious libraries. Hoffmann von Fallersleben, the poet, was librarian here from 1860.

This baroque garden in an idyllic setting on the Lower Rhine was designed by landscape gardener Jacob von Campen in the 17th century. It is home to a zoo on Sternberg hill, which has twelve tree-lined avenues radiating out in the shape of a star, and a wonderful amphitheatre on Springberg hill.

Nordkirchen Palace and Park are often called the 'Versailles of Westphalia' because of their vast scale and baroque layout. Johann Conrad Schlaun built this moated palace in the 18th century for Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg, the prince bishop of Münster.