Ettersburg Castle Gardens
On the northern slope of Ettersberg Hill are the Ettersburg Castle Gardens. Two terraces and the six-hectare countryside park supplement the castle complex, which was used as a hunting lodge by the Weimar dukes from the 17th century. In the mid-19th century, Duke Carl Alexander had the outside areas redesigned and extended by the Weimar court gardener Eduard Petzold. One of the existing avenues of an historic hunting “étoile” leading directly to the castle was converted into a long forest meadow by Prince Hermann Pückler von Muskau together with Petzold, his student.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Castle Gardens and the castle complex are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled "Classic Weimar", which, as unique testimony to the cultural epoch of Weimar Classic, reflects the outstanding role of Weimar as an intellectual centre in the late 18th and early 19th century.
Further UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at unesco.thueringen-entdecken.de