Herrenhausen Gardens and Mausoleum

Photo by Moniek Bloks

Herrenhausen in Hanover, Germany has been on my list for quite some time. The Herrenhausen Gardens are made up of the Great Garden (Großer Garten), the Berggarten, the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten. Most of the gardens owe their aesthetics to Sophia of Hanover and its centre point was the Herrenhausen Palace, which was almost completely destroyed by allied bombing on 19 October 1943. It was rebuilt in 2013.

Sophia of Hanover, the mother of King George I of Great Britain and herself heiress presumptive to the British throne until her death, lived at Herrenhausen and died during a walk in the gardens.

Herrenhausen Palace in 1895
The rebuild Herrenhausen Palace
The Great Garden


Grotto by Niki de Saint Phalle

Pavilion by Remy de la Fosse

The Gallery (Sophia of Hannover lived in the westwing)

The Princely House (still a private residence)
The library
The Mausoleum
Grave of Victoria Louise of Prussia

These are the people buried in the mausoleum, most notably Sophia of Hanover and Frederica of Hanover. The mausoleum is not open to the public, but I did find this photo from the inside.

Combi-ticket gardens and museum: €8,00 

From Hanover Hbf Kröpcke take the tram 4 or 5 to stop “Herrenhäuser Gärten”. 

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

1 Comment

  1. Is there any way, the old Herrenhausen palace might be open to the public. I love the look of the gardens, but if you compare with Sansoucci, it might not be in the same league, due to the destruction and closure of the reconstructed palace.

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