Herrenhausen castle and gardens, Hannover
Favorite thing: Formally built as summer palace of the King of Hannover. This is know the main building of the university of Hannover. In various halls of the building are now auditoriums for the students. The building has still its old flair.
The baroque garden and park ensemble of Herrenhausen in Hannover is a remarkable example of the traditional art of landscape gardening.
The baroque garden ensemble, one of the greatest and most beautiful in Germany, , was founded in 166 by Duke Johann Friedrich of Calenberg. Ist preservation and further development are owed mainly to one remarkable woman: Sophie, princess-elect of Hannover and mother of the first "Hanoveranian" on the English throne, was of english descent and needed a garden. And so the baroque ensemble was created, with trees, hedges, numerous special and model gardens, a great fountain with surrounding waterworks, maze garden, open air theatre, many statues and sculptures, cascades, a grotto and a palace (destroyed in 1943), gallery und orangery buildings.
Today, even without the palace, it is one of the city's most popular attractions, with its garden festivals, the baroque fireworks and theatre performances during the summer months.
Fondest memory: have a look at my travelogues, some more pictures
Favorite thing: Another garden where since hundreds of years beginning once for a the king of hannover we´ve got here a beautiful cultivation of exotic plants and flowers.
Favorite thing: One of the unnumerous parks in Hannover. It´s near to the university and very nice to chill out a bit.