Natural idyll: a summer escape with exotic plants
The Fürstenlager State Park is located in an idyllic side valley on the edge of the Odenwald Forest. The village-like buildings in the middle of what appears to be a naturally-occurring park were built at the end of the 18th century. Discover the rural charm of times gone by at this former summer retreat!
The park’s origin lies in a healing spring. Thanks to Landgrave Ludwig X. and his wife Luise, the village was developed into a popular summer resort. Gazebos, pavilions and decorative memorial stones were connected by a network of avenues that invited visitors to take long walks. The names of the buildings, such as the Squire’s and Prince’s Lodges, tell of the aristocratic guests and their court. The surrounding area is also well worth seeing: the state park, with its exotic plants and trees, extends over an area of 46 hectares. Around an hour's walk away are the ruins of Auerbach Castle, which offer a wonderful view of the Bergstrasse, the Odenwald and the Rhine Valley.
In the beginning, there was water
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A stroll under the trees
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Old trees: the beauty of a life's work
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