4th Terrace

The high bastion wall along the fourth terrace still has its seventeenth-century core and provides the support for the espalier trees. The two round bastions recall the original function as fortification.

Sphinx Steps

In the central axis of the fourth terrace a grand set of steps leads down to the next level. The sphinxes (ancient chimeras between man and beast) at the top end of the steps are Classical guardian figures frequently encountered in Baroque gardens. The reliefs on the ornamental vases at the bottom end show ancient deities, representing the four elements.

Sculptures of the Seasons

Standard features of a Baroque garden included sculptures of the four seasons. In Schloss Hof they are sited alongside the outer ramps leading from the fourth to the fifth level. These ramps were a later replacement for the eighteenth-century steps.


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