An enchanting forest with an exclusive view of the Rhine
The Ostein Niederwald sits high above the Rhine between Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen, an enchanting landscape monument to horticulture that features temples, display artificial ruins and even a magic cave.
From 1763 onwards, with a great deal of imagination and attention to detail, Count von Ostein (1735-1809) built his summer residence here between the beech and oak trees. Following the principles of English landscape gardening, he created over the decades a network of paths with diverse visual axes and observation points. As a contrast to the light-filled Rhine valley, the dark forest was of particular importance to him, and he aimed to produce varying atmospheres and effects with the interplay of the garden buildings. He did it with great success: Clemens Brentano, creator of the legend of Loreley, immortalised the site in his novel Godwi, or The Stone Image of the Mother, the book considered to be the literary foundation of Rhine Romanticism.
The Beginning of Rhine Romanticism
A monumental garden - Osteinscher Niederwald, Rüdesheim (Part 1)Read story
Theatre backdrop and castle romanticism
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An avenue and a colossal statue
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