Seehof Palace Park Memmelsdorf near Bamberg

Picture: Seehof Palace Park

Lothar Franz von Schönborn, elected Prince Bishop of Bamberg in 1693, designated an area of 21 ha of land with adjacent lakes and forests to be made into gardens, axial to the yet unfinished summer palace. The Prince Bishop had the palace hill reshaped into precise terraces and the gardens divided into six large sections.

He thereby created the garden structure that has remained until the present, which is exceptional in style on account of it being more reminiscent of Italian or Dutch parks, rather than the more customary French ideals.  

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"Jupiter in the battle with the giants", figure group by Ferdinand Tietz

Prince Bishop Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim (1757-79) moved the cascade to the south and created a labyrinth. This was completed by the garden's decorative embellishment with 400 sculptures by Ferdinand Tietz, hardly any of which have survived until the present.

A chestnut avenue from 1797, used to lead beyond the enclosing walls to the Schweizerei (dairy) in the east and the pheasantry in the west.

The chestnut avenue and linden tree avenues framing the gardens and the "tapis verts", have been replanted during are the old hornbeam hedges along the pergola walk, and the lime tree groves.

Central to the garden is the cascade created in 1772, which dilapidated increasingly after secularisation and was put back into operation in 1995. Its programme heralds the glory of Hercules, in allegory of the Prince Bishop's glory.

A special highlight of the park is the orangery parterre in the immediate apron of the two representative orangery buildings. Since 2012, 168 citrus plants have been presented in this area during the summer months, creating a unique atmosphere with their beguiling scent of blossoms and their widely shining fruits.

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Seehof Palace


96117 Memmelsdorf
0951 4095-71

Opening hours

April-October: 6.30 am-7 pm
November-March: 6.30 am until nightfall (not before 5 pm)

Guided tours

Tours for groups on request

Admission charge

Admission free


Access difficult in parts because of steps and gravel paths

Information sheet on Seehof Palace for people with a handicap


Unfortunately, the water works are not in operation for the time being due to repair work.

Getting here / parking


Bus to 'Seehof'

224 car parking spaces, 7 bus parking spaces available

Further information

Dogs may be taken into the palace park if kept on the lead. It is not allowed to have picnics in the park.

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Restaurant – Café
0951 4071640

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Bamberg
Domplatz 8
96049 Bamberg
0951 51939-0
und 0951 51939-114
Fax 0951 51939-129

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