Lichtenwalde Castle Gardens

Meander, don’t stroll

Lichtenwalde Castle & Gardens

Lichtenwalde Castle Gardens were commissioned by Count von Watzdorf in 1730. The Baroque and late Baroque basic structure as outlined in the garden plans of 1767 has remained almost unaffected through all the changes over the centuries.

What distinguishes these from other Baroque gardens is the fact that the castle was built on the site of an earlier fort: this meant that the adjoining gardens had to be designed to make the best use of the existing hillside location rather than simply acting as surroundings for the castle buildings. Terraces linked by multiple staircases, with water flowing throughout each level in pools, fountains, water features, springs, cascades – all these played a key role in the design.

Lichtenwalde Castle Gardens

Lichtenwalde Castle Gardens


Just as they did in the second half of the 18th century, visitors wax lyrical about the multitude of fountains (operating daily 09:30 – 18:00 during the season) and the stunning views of the neighbouring Zschopau valley. And they enjoy the special intimacy created by the smaller scale sections of this parkland. But the wonderful flower beds and exotic potted plants that are to be found in the Orangery during the winter should not be missed either. Although strictly speaking they don’t really belong in a Baroque garden, Lichtenwalde has one more attraction to offer: around 1900, a whole host of rhododendrons were introduced to the hedged area in the lower part of the garden. These bushes are now 100 years old and when they are in blossom at the end of May and beginning of June, this part of the garden is bathed in a sea of purple.
 
The Baroque garden at Lichtenwalde has been gradually restored over many years to its former glory.
 
Guided tours are available once a month for historical gardens enthusiasts to join as individuals; bespoke tours can be arranged on request for parties of more than 10.