Palace Gardens, Trier
The Palace Gardens in front of Trier's Electoral Palace were a desolate parade ground from the days of Napoleon through WWII. After the war, with the renaissance of Trier, the once-sterile marching field for soldiers became magnificent public gardens. The gardens feature reflecting pools and statues of German kings & Greek gods, along with peach trees, colorful flowers, and smooth walking paths. Much of the garden is lined with the ancient city wall (at this point, the eastern wall of the city).
At the east end of the gardens stands the Basilica and the Electoral Palace. The western end boasts the impressive Imperial Baths. Along the wall in the east side of the gardens is the Rheinlandesmuseum.
A crown jewel of garden architecture lies in the heart of the city: the Palace Garden. Baroque garden artistry is framed by exquisite examples from art and history: an enchanting park in which one can experience both the past in stone and the present in blossoms. A section of the garden corresponds to the style based on ancient Greco-Roman gardens. At first glance, a spiralling fountain forms the moving image of a somewhat outsized tulip blossom. The beech hedges were developed according to a historical design. Their light-and-shadow effect gives structure to the open space as well as enclosing the baroque section of the garden. The many arches fashion a friendly invitation to freely enter the small paradise of flowers.
The miniature garden offers a surprise: surrounded by tall, severely cut hedges, this symmetrical little garden exhibits allegorical statues of the senses in its four corners, intended to stimulate thoughts and smiles. The Palace Garden's eastern neighbour, the Landesmuseum with its wealth of principally Roman sculpture and artefacts, was extended in 1985 in a modern glass addition, containing a café. This new arm stretches across the medieval city wall, as if to take part in the magic of the flowered splendour and the flair of the splashing fountains in the long reflecting pool. Along either side of the pool, benches invite the visitor to rest near the mighty magnolia trees, which produce their bright red seeds only in very sunny years. This area of the garden is intimate and inviting, finding its harmonious finale in the rising baroque façade of the corner projection of the palace.
The most prominent attraction is a five-jet fountain. The weeping willow and the ruins of the Imperial Baths at the end of this ensemble make for a uniquely picturesque detail within the gardens.
The Electoral Palace faces on to a most beautiful garden. There aren't words to describe its magnificence. This is one of those tips where you just need to look at the photos.