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
Telephone 0951 4095-71

Opening hours

Open all year round

Admission charge

Admission free

Guided tours

Tours for groups on request


Unfortunately, the water works will not be in operation in the 2021 season due to renovation work. We ask for your understanding.

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.

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Access difficult in parts because of steps and gravel paths

Pachtgaststätten und -hotels:

Restaurant – Café
Telefon 0951 4071640

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to Seehof

Parking space:

224 car parking spaces, 7 bus parking spaces available

Responsible administrative office

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

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