Altenstein House and Gardens

near Bad Liebenstein


The Altenstein Gardens with the summer residence of the Dukes of Sachsen-Meiningen is one of the largest landscape parks in Central Germany, with a total area of 160 hectares. Hallmark of the ensemble is a skilful fusion of artistic garden design with the commanding rock formations found on the site.

The park was developed into a sentimental romantic landscape starting in 1798 under Duke Georg I von Sachsen-Meiningen. Numerous architectural follies, such as the Chinese House and Devil’s Bridge, were erected. Around the mid-19th century Prince Hermann of Pückler-Muskau, Carl-Eduard Petzold and Peter Joseph Lenné worked at Altenstein, three of the foremost German garden artists. They added targeted plantings to the park as well as systematically arranged sight axes.
Toward the end of the 19th century, Duke Georg II had the Baroque palace remodelled in the style of an English country manor. Surrounding the palace, an inner park with flowerbeds was laid out. The most famous of these is the flower carpet south of the palace.

In 1982 the house burnt nearly to the ground. After it is restored, a Brahms memorial and a Chinoiserie collection will be some of the attractions here.
Brahms was invited here by Duke Georg II and his wife, Baroness Helene of Heldburg, to perform some of his compositions with musicians from the court at Meiningen for a small circle of guests.


Schloss- und Parkverwaltung Altenstein
Schloss Altenstein
36448 Bad Liebenstein

Phone:  +49 (0)3 69 61 / 7 25 13