"This English garden has infinite charms. It consists of meadows, lawns, fountains, ponds, large pools, ragged little groves..."
(Travel report by Crown Prince Friedrich Karl von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in May 1775. He visited the Bendeleben park about 10 years after its completion.)
In earlier times the splendid promenade lined by four rows of linden trees framed the view to Bad Frankenhausen. Once the new palace had been completed, the building stood at the end of the line of sight. The remaining aged trees were cleared after 1960.
(Photo prior to 1945)
The park lying in front of you is one of the first products in the transition from formal baroque gardens to landscaped gardens in Germany. In 2015 the park celebrated its 250th anniversary.
Privy Councilor Baron Johann Jacob von Uckermann (1718–1781) and his wife had the dilapidated Bendeleben manor torn down in 1765 to make room for the construction of a stately building in baroque style. In place of the original "deer garden", a 21-hectare palace park was laid out. An early form of the landscaped garden, the park retained some baroque design elements such as the linden-lined promenade and the Roman bath.
The old Uckermann dreamed of the New Palace, which you can see from here. It was built in 1860 by a subsequent owner, the businessman Wilhelm von Krause. In the 1920s his son Wilhelm Hugo Ernst von Krause had a tennis court and a riding arena built on the property.