Dachau Court Garden

Picture: Dachau Court Garden

After the badly dilapidated Dachau Castle was converted into a summer palace by Duke Albrecht V in 1558, a Renaissance garden designed in geometrical order with walls and square flower and herb beds, was created from 1578, based on plans by the painter architect Friedrich Sustris.

It was the Elector Max Emanuel who proceeded to give the Palace Gardens of Dachau a baroque image in 1715. The Elector’s architect and master builder, Joseph Effner, replaced the flower and herb beds with two large broderie beds decorated with topiary box trees and flower borders.

At the same time, the Elector ordered the purchase of a small forest area to the west of the gardens, which he and his successors filled with all sorts of playing equipment, including a skittle alley, a swing, various wooden huts and more. The gardens were simplified at the start of the 19th century. The general manager and artistic director of court gardens, Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell had fruit trees planted within the garden walls from 1802. The playing garden in the copse gradually disappeared.

From the garden's attractive ridge location there is a panoramic view extending to the Alps.

In the bee garden you can learn all kinds of things about the useful little animals from information panels. In addition to conventional beehives, innovative spherical hives developed by beekeeper Andreas Heidinger also provide insights into the life of bees.

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Dachau Palace

Virtual tour

In this virtual tour you will experience the Dachau Palace and Court Garden from a brand new perspective. The Panoramic shots (360 degrees) will present you a detailed view of this impressive monument. Please click on the picture below to start the virtual tour:

External link to the virtual tour of Dachau Palace and Court Garden

The panoramas or pictures to be loaded are rather large, and thus take a relatively long time to load. Please be patient – they are worth waiting for! The tour opens in a separate window and was prepared by Josef Spitzlberger, Oberschleißheim.


Schlossstraße 7
85221 Dachau
08131 87923

Opening hours

Daily from 8 am until nightfall (8 pm at the latest)

Admission charge

Admission free

Getting here / parking


Bus to ‘Rathaus’

Few car and bus parking spaces available in front of the palace; public parking in Dachau's historic center and at the multi-storey car park "Wieningerstraße"

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Café Restaurant
08131 2607818

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Schleißheim
Max-Emanuel-Platz 1
85764 Oberschleißheim
089 315872-0
Fax 089 315872-50
sgvschleissheim@ bsv.bayern.de

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