Sondershausen Palace Park

Stately park and public garden


The palace park was redesigned and expanded in the 1830s to serve a double purpose: It was to upgrade the residence of the prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, while also serving as a public garden, offering all citizens an art experience that would “refine their tastes and manners”. The inspiration for the project came from Dr. Tobias Ekart, who had been hired as garden inspector of the newly founded garden administration. The park concept also featured a cultural program with regular concerts by the court chamber orchestra. Since 1801, its musicians had been performing in the park’s Loh Square and later gained significance far beyond the regional scope in the early 19th century.