Program - Leisure - Altmuehl Valley - Germany
One of the most famous gardens in Germany

Hortus Eystettensis

Hortus Eystettensis is the short title of a codex produced by Basilius Besler, a Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, in 1613 describing the plants of the garden of the Prince-Bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The Renaissance style garden was located in the bishop's palace at the Willibaldsburg and was created over eight terraces overlooking the city of Eichstätt. It was the first botanical garden in Germany, and the only one outside of Italy. The bishop had brought plants from all over the world for his garden, and it was thought that it contained examples of all of the shrubs and flowering plants known to horticulturalists at the time. The work contains 1084 depictions of plants on 367 plates, which are depictions of medicinal, ornamental and useful plants. The first edition of 300 copies appeared in 1613.

Since the summer of 1998 it has been possible to "walk around" in one of the most famous gardens in Germany: after 400 years, the "Hortus Eystettensis" destroyed in the Thirty Years' War has been brought back to life. A new garden was created on the 1,500 square meter blacksmith's bastion of the Willibaldsburg in Eichstätt. The ambitious goal was to make as many of the original plant species in the garden accessible to visitors as possible. In addition to the feast for the eyes in the "Hortus Eystettensis", there is also plenty of natural history: information boards provide information about the flora as it was here at the beginning of the 17th century.

Admire and walk through the Bastion garden with plants from the Hortus Eystettensis.