The Garden for Lovers

New area 2016

Garten fuer Verliebte

High above Matteo Thun's Viewing Platform, Trauttmansdorff’s popular binocular-shaped observation deck, a new and magical garden area lies hidden. It’s a real little gem in the midst of the downy oak forest: The Garden for Lovers

The garden is dedicated to what is undoubtedly the strongest emotion felt by all human beings: love. Works of art, literary quotations and spatial installations evoke memories in conjunction with sensory plants such as roses and star jasmine, and create emotional space: Anyone willing to join in on the game can experience or re-experience the feeling of being in love, with all of its lightness and heaviness, playfulness and seriousness, transience and permanence.

A gate marks the entrance to the protected garden, where visitors can find peace and refuge. Beyond it there is a trail, gently sloping at first, that leads through the area. The trail is accompanied by poetry in seven languages, integrated into the soil and walls, as well as sculptures; these verses describe love as a naive game, celebrating it as the one thing that truly counts over the long term.

Green corners and secluded spaces are good reasons to stay and enjoy the tranquility, togetherness and memories, or to simply tune into oneself. The trail eventually leads back out into the expansive gardens, where colors, shapes and aromas delight the senses.

The centerpiece of the garden comprises three pavilions, oversized bouquets, in the middle of a shallow water basin. Inside them, lovers celebrate a three-step ritual:

Letting Go

Pavilion One: A fountain allows you to clear away negative emotions and compulsions, washing away jealousy, doubt, and selfishness.

Pavilion Let go


Pavilion Two: A marble power stone and the heart, as a symbol of love, seal love’s promise.

Pavilion Two


Pavilion Three: Wishes, recorded as written word, give permanence to the love promise just made.

Pavilion Three