Unesco World Heritage - the gardens at Drottningholm

A walk through Drottningholm's castle park provides variety. From a strict form garden with a water parterr to a freer English park with ponds and a more intimate boské neighborhood. The tradition dates back to the time of Johan III at the end of the 16th cent

Unesco World Heritage - the gardens at Drottningholm

A walk through Drottningholm's castle park provides variety. From a strict form garden with a water parterr to a freer English park with ponds and a more intimate boské neighborhood. The tradition dates back to the time of Johan III at the end of the 16th cent

The UNESCO walk in the fantastic surroundings of the royal Drottningholm Palace lets you drift off into the land of dreams. We "move" to the end of the 17th century and Queen Hedvig Eleonora. Under the guidance of the castle architects Nicodemus Tessin d ä and y, she takes the initiative for the baroque garden. The garden, which is adjacent to the castle, is surrounded by four-row linden alleys. The architects were inspired by newly laid out castle gardens in France where the ideal was strict, disciplined and symmetrical.

In addition to the framing of linden avenues, the baroque garden includes the embroidery parterre closest to the castle, which was made up of a richly composed pattern of clipped boxwood hedges and colored gravel. Then the slightly higher water parterre with 12 smaller fountains and the Hercules fountain in the center, cascades and the groves and as a background the large grove called Stjärnan.

The baroque garden fell into disrepair during the 19th century but was restored in the 1950s and 1960s on the initiative of Gustav VI Adolf.

In the middle of the 18th century, the garden around China Castle was laid out. At this time, they began to abandon the strict garden ideal for a more natural park. Queen Lovisa Ulrika was impressed by the new ideas and had Kina Castle's architect, Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz, plant the chestnut alleys around Kina as view streets out into the landscape.

The groves to the east of the castle were planned as gazebos, with large cages, aviaries, for, among other things, exotic birds. One of these cages remains but in a much altered condition. Beyond the groves, a menagerie was established. Only one pond remains today. Behind the castle, a Swedish mixed forest takes over and which gives the area a "wild" and nature-romantic setting.

English Park
When Gustav III took over Drottningholm in 1777, he wanted to incorporate the new park ideal from England, the natural landscape park, into the castle park. Fredrik Magnus Piper, who studied the English garden ideal on site, was commissioned in 1780 to create such a facility north of the Baroque garden.

The English park consists of two ponds with canals, islands and beautiful bridges, large lawns and trees in avenues and groves. Walking paths wind around the entire park and view streets stretch through it, offering views and views of the landscape. Finally, we walk on the Path of Love back down towards the castle.
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