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Sanspareil Rock Garden
Ruin theatre
Sanspareil Rock Garden

Sanspareil Rock Garden – Wonsees

Writing about the Sanspareil Rock Garden in a letter to her brother, Frederick the Great, Margravine Wilhelmine declared that "Nature herself was the architect". And it was true that the garden begun in 1744 was dominated by the bizarre natural rock formations in the beech grove of Sanspareil. In the time of the margraves, individual rocks and caves were named after the locations of events in the French novel "Les Aventures de Télémaque".

Small buildings, some made only of wood, were added to the magnificent natural setting. Many of these buildings fell into ruin in the course of time or were sold in the 19th century for people to take away.

The rock theatre in the grove, the Oriental Building and the kitchen building have remained. The sunken parterre between the Oriental Building and the kitchen building was recreated in 1984 from an engraving dating from 1748.

Near Sanspareil Rock Garden the medieval Zwernitz Castle can be visited.

Oriental Building
Zwernitz Castle


Sanspareil 34
96197 Wonsees
09274 808909-11

Opening hours

Open all year round

Admission charge

Admission free


Largely accessible, only in parts difficult because of steep paths; barrier-free toilets are available at the visitor centre at Zwernitz Castle.

Getting here / parking

The Sanspareil Rock Garden, situated around 40 km west of Bayreuth near the village of Wonsees, can be reached on the road B 22 or the A 70 motorway (Schirradorf exit).

Car and bus parking spaces at the entrance to the park

Further information

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15

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