Extending for a total of 36 hectares, the egapark in the south-west of Erfurt is one of Germany's largest gardens and recreation parks. In 1885, the site of a former fortification complex was turned into a public park and successively enlarged over the course of the years. The first Garden Show was held here in 1950 and from 1961 until German reunification, today's egapark was the venue of the International Horticultural Show held at regular intervals.
Every season, some 500,000 visitors from the whole of Germany enjoy the unique charm of the egapark in Erfurt, which features an exceptional combination of a world of gardens, adventure and children's attractions set in the ambience of the 1960s. It has been included in the "Grand Tour of the Modern Movement" introduced to mark the Bauhaus centenary, so there is now a greater focus on its significance as an historic monument, with its historic buildings, pavilions and the design of the park grounds. In this way, the egaprk is gaining special acclaim.
The park grounds also include an observatory, a nature trail and the German Horticultural Museum, which covers all aspects of the history and significance of horticulture in its permanent exhibition.