Herrenhausen Gardens are Hannover’s most famous attraction and have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for more than 300 years. The centerpiece, the “Great Garden”, is the most important baroque garden in Europe. Just like the ladies and gentlemen of the court in centuries gone by, visitors today can stroll around amidst opulently designed beds, splendid sculptures and artistically clipped, illuminated hedges. Water features can be heard babbling in hidden corners while the Great Fountain rises to an impressive height of 70 meters. Originally created by Electress Sophia as the “Grand Jardin de la Leine”, the Great Garden is one of the few baroque parks which has retained its basic structure until today.
Another highlight in the Herrenhausen Gardens is The Grotto By Niki de Saint Phalle. The artist created her last work of art in Herrenhausen Gardens, transforming the 330-year-old Grotto into a place of mystery and magic. The central column in the middle room, which the artist named ‘Spirituality’, is a spiral of luminous orange, gold and yellow river pebbles. The deep blue right-hand room, entitled ‘The Night and the Cosmos’, is a tribute to painter Henri Matisse. The third, left-hand room is in sparkling silver: ‘The Day and the Light’ is a hall of mirrors whose brightness symbolizes life.
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You can find more information about Herrenhausen Gardens on the website of Hannover.