Weikersheim Palace and Garden
Weikersheim Palace is the pearl of the Hohenlohen palaces. Its heyday during the Renaissance and Baroque periods left behind impressive buildings with important interior appointments and a charming garden complex, which has been preserved virtually unchanged up until today. The pleasure garden of Weikersheim Palace is an outstanding testimony to German garden art. From 1708 it was laid out under Count Carl Ludwig of Hohenlohe in the typical forms of the High Baroque period. Major sections of the once diverse waterworks have been preserved. The round pool in the axial cross depicts Hercules in battle with the dragon Ladon, a allusion to the garden of the Hesperides. The end of the middle axis is formed by a large, crosswise oval reflecting pool. An extensive collection of figures, still nearly completely preserved, structures the garden and is used for the iconographic glorification of Carl Ludwig and his reign.