Dornburg Castle Gardens

Objet d’art and memorial site


Built in different times in history, the three Dornburg castles and their gardens differ in style and function. In 1824, Court gardener Carl August Sckell started to merge them into a single unit without sacrificing their individual uniqueness. All features interact to form a harmonious piece of art in its own right: from the terraced gardens with fragrant roses, to the landscaped sections and sunny vineyards, to the promenades offering spectacular views of the castles and the Saale valley.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet, loved this place, and so did Grand Duke Carl August and his grandson Carl Alexander for whom Dornburg castle was both a piece of art and a site to commemorate their ancestors.