5th Terrace

The outer areas of the fifth terrace are defined today by clipped chestnut and lime-tree avenues. Originally the rows of chestnuts enclosed a wide arbour path into which four garden pavilions were integrated. The shady walks and gazebos built mostly of wood and overgrown with creepers were among the most cost-intensive features of a garden. They were removed in the nineteenth century, the foundations of the gazebos can still be seen today, however.

The so-called parterres à l’anglaise – lawns surrounded by strips of flowers – on both sides of the central axis have been recreated after their layout of around 1800.

Great Cascade

The so-called Great Cascade formed the spatial and conceptual focus of the garden. The fountain was demolished in 1843, and a supporting wall erected in its place. The two sculptures refer to Prince Eugene. The south group is interpreted as an allusion to the successful military commander through Mars the god of war, crowned by a victory goddess.

In the north group Hercules accompanied by the allegory of Government alludes to the Prince’s role in diplomacy. The fountain is being reconstructed at present, its completion planned for 2018. Discover the history of construction of the "Great Cascade here.

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