Tour 7: Parks and Castles in the „Kingdom of Westphalia“
3-day-trip

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GRÄFLICHER PARK BAD DRIBURG GRÄFLICHER PARK BAD DRIBURG
Gräflicher Park at Bad Driburg is an exemplary combination of the historic English landscape park, with its old timber framed spa buildings, dating from the 19th Century, on the one hand, and the contemporary gardens of the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, on the other.


SCHLOSS- UND AUENPARK NEUHAUS, PADERBORN SCHLOSS- UND AUENPARK NEUHAUS, PADERBORN
Thanks to the State Garden Show in the district of Schloss Neuhaus of Paderborn, the Schloss- and Auenpark was constructed in 1994. The entire park is made up of the partially reconstructed around the former residence of the bishops and the recreational area of ecologically designed floodplains of the Alme, Lippe and Pader rivers.


DALHEIM, LICHTENAU DALHEIM, LICHTENAU
Located in a beautiful landscape, the former Augustinian monastery and today’s Dalheim LWL State Museum of Monastic Culture make for one of the outstanding monasteries in northern Germany. Within the sprawling grounds of the monastery there are several gardens: The Prelate’s garden, the Convent garden with its large parterre, the Paradise Garden in the Kreuzhof and the herb garden.


BERGPARK WILHELMSHÖHE, KASSELBERGPARK WILHELMSHÖHE, KASSEL
The Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park on the eastern slope of the Habichtswald is made up from the combination of a baroque building and garden with a spacious landscape park. For three centuries now, the park with its famous fountains and the large crowned statue of Hercules is one of the most popular attractions in Kassel.


HERRENHÄUSER GARDENS, HANNOVER HERRENHÄUSER GARDENS, HANNOVER
The sprawling complex consists of the main elements of the „Great Garden“ and the mountain garden. The latter shows the impressive plant worlds of different continents, some of them in large greenhouses. The „Great Garden“ at Schloss Herrenhausen is an almost unchanged Baroque garden. The grotto is exceptional and was transformed by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
 

Our Suggested Itinerary

1st DAY
  • Arrival at Paderborn
  • City tour with visit to the cathedral. The tour ends in the Archbishop’s diocesan museum that can be toured individually.
  • Followed by a guided tour through the park and the former residence of the Prince-Bishops of Paderborn
  • Optional dinner in a typical restaurant in the city
  • Overnight in Bad Driburg
2nd DAY
  • After breakfast, tour of the Gräflicher Park with the special installations of the Dutch star gardener Piet Oudolf
  • Drive to the former monastery at Dalheim with visit to the museum and the monastery gardens
  • Lunch in the wonderfully cosy monastery tavern
  • Continue to Kassel
  • Visit Schloss Wilhelmshöhe with its famous Old Masters Art Gallery
  • Afterwards, an individual walk through the stunning Wilhelmshöhe mountain park with its cascades
  • Tip: From May to October fountain illuminations are regularly staged.
  • Optional dinner in Kassel
  • Return journey and overnight in Bad Driburg or Brakel
3rd DAY
  • After breakfast, drive to the Herrenhäuser Gardens in Hannover. The park is one of the finest in Europe.
  • Guided tour of the Great Garden and Mountain Garden
  • Individual lunch in the beer garden or the Schlossküche Restaurant
  • Before leaving visit the store with its extensive range of products for the garden
  • Return home

ART CITIES CULTURE PACKAGE

  • 2 nights at the Hotel Schloss Gehrden near Brakel
  • Guided tour of Paderborn
  • Guided tour of the park and the residence of the Prince-Bishops of Paderborn
  • Admission and guided tour of the Gräflicher Park in Bad Driburg
  • Admission and guided tour of the buildings and gardens at Dalheim Monastery Foundation
  • Admission and guided tour of the Schloss Wilhelmshöhe Museum
  • Admission to the Herrenhäuser Gärten in Hanover
  • Lunch at the Abbey Tavern Abbey Dalheim
  • Provision of additional services and brochures
  • Free accommodation for the 21st person in a double room

Price per person: from € 186, – double room from € 46, – single supplement
Groups of 20

ART CITIES PLUS
  • Dinner at a restaurant in Paderborn

Combination Tips

  • Tour of the Fürstenberg porcelain factory
  • Visit the Glass Museum at Bad Driburg
  • LWL Museum in the Imperial Palace, Paderborn
  • Visit the Wewelsburg
  • Boat trips on the River Weser from Bad Karlshafen via Höxter to Schloss Corvey
  • Art Forum Jacob Pins in Adelshof, Hoexter
  • “Discover Kassel“ city tour with visit to the Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park