Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Germany Trip - Würzburg Residenz's Court Garden

Location: Würzburg, Germany

Itinerary and full experience of my visit to Germany can be accessed through the link below:

My visit to Würzburg had been a few months back, and delay had led my writings from winter into spring. The scenery I saw online is far different from that which I captured, the now verdant garden was then just a drab scenery. Würzburg Residenz, the palace itself, only had its visiting hours began at 10 (it was February back then), so I began wandering around the gardens behind it. It was well worth a walk.

A reflection on Würzburg Residenz (notice the play of words...?).

Although part of the Court Gardens were adorned in green, the scenery was still too drab. I could imagine that the love tunnel would be romantic and photogenic when it will be shrouded in green in spring, but I was only awarded with a sight of skeletal twigs with leaves awaiting their moment to sprout.

Still all was not that bad, even with the weather conspiring against me. My morning walk in the Court Gardens under an ominous sky transformed into a clear sunny day upon my exit from Würzburg Residenz. I was even more surprised to notice cosplayers whom I met in the train station gathering in the gardens and posed cheerfully for photoshoot with their friends.

All in all, my arrival in late winter may not be such a lost.

Various shots of the Court Gardens and the side of Würzburg Residenz facing the gardens. This was during the morning with the dramatic skies...

Walking within the garden maze was a nice experience, but the view was even better when I climbed atop the higher tiers and look down. Oh yes, the garden was not just a flat piece of work, but incorporated terraces at the further end from the palace, allowing one to walk up the steps and ramps to afford a pleasant view of the whole layout.

It was obvious that the garden layout was done with several styles, each different from each other although my limited knowledge of gardening could not identify them. By reading from Wikipedia, it seems that the garden style was designed in formal Baroque style near to the palace, changing to English Garden further away.

Multiple shots of the side of Würzburg Residenz on the side facing the Court Gardens, with the weather turning from dramatically ominous to cheerfully clear. A comparison with the front facing the Residenz Square would show a distinctive difference in style. 

A dramatic sky reflected off the protected orangery. The orangery is a greenhouse or conservation building to protect the plants against winter frost to survive through the cold season.

Conical trees and figures hiding under them.

Sunshine later in the day contrasted dramatically with the earlier overcast sky.

There were a few entrances to the Court Gardens, and this was one of them. The ornate gate jutting high into the sky proved that artistic values permeated everywhere in the palace gardens.

The love tunnel would have been lovely if the leaves were grown back... Winter does make everything look less lively...

The cheeky boys and their mother...? The statues added some sense of life to an otherwise lifeless landscape. Walking up the steps onto the higher terrace, statues lined the railguard and the steps, greeting me in their various behaviour, from formally majestic to cheerfully cheeky.

There isn't much I could write about the Court Gardens of Würzburg Residenz since the garden was much more enjoyable through the various shots I captured to retain the memory. What was obvious is that winter is not the best time to visit the gardens. I would advise that readers whose trip coincide with the cold winter season just enjoy the feel and not dwell too much on the drab landscape.

Environment:         A beautiful garden behind the UNESCO Heritage palace
Suitable for:            Garden and sculpture appreciators
Visit worthiness:   8/10 (it is no doubt beautiful, but you need not spend too much time here)
Historical value:        5.0/5.0 
Architectural value:  4.0/5.0
Photographic value:  4.0/5.0
Landmark value:       3.0/5.0

Entrance Fee:                 free
Opening Hours:             8.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. (daily)
Best Moment to Visit:  Early in the day when there are less people; definitely arrive in spring or after March to see the garden in bloom.
Length of Visit:              1 hours (not inclusive of Würzburg Residenz)


Contact:                    +49 (0) 931 - 355 17 - 0
Address:                   Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, Germany

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