This concept will be continually developing until the year 2020 and combines the principles of landscape gardening along with ecological considerations of the 21st century.
Instead of a neat picture postcard landscape, a biotope of beautifully modelled wild landscapes has been created providing a natural protected environment for threatened species of plants and animals.
The combination of eight completely different types of landscapes in one area makes this project quite unique.
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. Despite initial setbacks the potential for a first-class botanic attraction was clear from the very beginning of the project.
Heather - Planted on a range of parallel hills - the dales slope down towards the southwest, allowing the cold air to flow away freely. Heather landscapes, formerly a common feature in Southern Germany, have almost disappeared from the region.
Orchard - Traditional apple and pear trees have been planted in cooperation with a regional horticultural society. The “Most“- fermented fruit juice reminiscent of cider- can be sampled and purchased at the estate.
Moor - In a joint project with the Botanic Institute of the University of Erlangen, ferns and flowering shrubs from the "Red List" of endangered species have been planted in this area. Reef herons and kingfishers come from our lake to nest here.
Meadow Biotope - There are over twenty areas of different meadow biotopes here ranging from dry to wet to bog meadows. At one time these were all native to the region.
Spiral Hill - A 2 1/2 kilometre path leads up to the top of the hill (15 metres high), there is another path for the way down. Constantly changing landscape views during the walk around Spiral Hill invite one to contemplate.
Wave Garden - Here the ground has been modelled to form waves and dunes, creating a structured landscape in the smallest of spaces, where the interaction between light and warmth alternates and accordingly affects the climatic conditions in the area.
Oval Garden - A deliberate combination of the formal Baroque garden and the landscape garden. Whilst the shapes and forms are typically Baroque, the wild flowers planted here are indicative for a landscape garden.
Rose Hill - planted with hundreds of species of roses to document the history of the cultivated rose, starting with the Damask rose from Arabia. Native varieties of wild roses bloom on the west side of the hill .
On July the second, 2014 Baron and Baroness Süsskind have invited to the inauguration of the new Bhutan temple in the palace gardens of Dennenlohe - Dr. Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Honorary Consul of Bhutan inaugurated with numerous guests from Bhutan and Bavaria both new temple buildings on the impressive mountains of the landscape park.
Since the EXPO 2000, the "green" Baron wanted a temple from Bhutan for his garden - after Richard Gere snatched the Bhutanese EXPO temple and brought it to France, he unceremoniously built it himself. Living in Bhutan, Swiss architect Peter Schmid, who was then responsible for the EXPO, after a visit to Bhutan built for the two temples baronial family two temples that fit exactly into the park.
And so in the end of 2013, three containers came from the Himalayan country - today ruled by a monarch - over India to Bavaria and were built and faithfully recreated here.
Bhutan declared, that the happiness of its inhabitants is the country's highest goal - Gross National Happiness (GNH) - or gross national happiness, called the central guiding principle, the overarching concept, the vision is wherever it comes to planning and development in Bhutan. "Development" is synonymous with increasing knowledge and personal enlightenment. This approach is essential to overcome the three fundamental evils of ignorance, hatred and greed. Against this background, the concept of gross national happiness is intended to express that "development" has more dimensions than just an increase in gross national product, the need for a balance between materialism and spirituality.
Protection of culture and nature, shows just how sustainable business and caring Managing Resource is - which is operated in Dennenlohe since time immemorial.
As Bhutan is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world, this applies also for the Castle Park Dennenlohe to Bavaria. Only through sustainable development, this immense value is valid in perpetuity. Luck can legislate either in Bhutan or in Bavaria. But to allow individual happiness and to live - that can be realized during a visit to Castle Park Dennenlohe and is exemplified by Baron Süsskind daily ...