Park Rauischholzhausen


Prologue

 

In 1873, Ferdinand Eduard Stumm (1843 – 1925) acquired a site consisting of several parcels of land at the edge of the village of Holzhausen. Over the following years, he had the area fashioned into a large-scale landscape park and an impressive castle constructed at its centre. The park was laid out along a stream valley, which was included in the concept and adapted to fit in with the ideas for the garden’s design. Fundamental elements of the garden created at that time have survived, albeit in reduced form. They give a good impression of a historicist garden from the second half of the 19th century.

The park is typical of the period when it was created, presenting itself as an apparently untouched landscape with attractive and varied garden areas and multiple vistas An extensively-branched network of paths provides access to the just over 30-hectare garden and its selected viewing points. This enables visitors to see and experience the wide variety of often exotic trees and shrubs as well as the turbulent or calm stream waters. The moods generated deliberately by the park’s design are one of the typical aims of garden style during this period.