Leaving the somewhat smallish Trave river and the historically and economically sizeable Hanse town Lübeck behind, the houses get smaller and less massive, standing modestly back behind the increasingly mighty display of landscape. And of the blogger’s beloved element, water.
Religious and mundane Lords did, of course, still get adequately huge buildings for the profanes to worship them in, even (or maybe: especially?) in the smaller towns and settlements.
Plön’s castle, e.g., is one of the biggest ones in all of Schleswig-Holstein. It has been built as long ago as during the times of Thirty Years’ War in the first half of the 17th century.
Shortly after, the garden was designed and planted, initially even featuring a vineyard (which most likely did not produce anything of quality, due to the rather non vine-friendly climate). So, no loss when it was replaced by the baroque garden which was installed in the 18th century, as was the fashion of the time. But it is hard to go with any fashion, if you do not have the build for it (short skirts and crooked legs … not a good idea either, for instance). So, baroque gardens which need a central focus element and long axes towards and from that element … difficult thing if the castle is located on the top of a little hill, as is the case in Plön.
Good there was sufficient space still behind the stables and the riding area. Put up a little artefact as the new center (here: the so-called Maison de Plaisance pavilion), and you have all you need for a baroque garden. Which was not tended to very well when the blue-blooded owners moved out. Which, in a way, was a blessing as this made it even more natural (if a garden can ever be natural, that is) to cater to yet another fashion, now that of the British-style Landscape gardens (or rather: parks) that had come into fashion in the 19th century.
The garden / park was also opened to the public – and still is, delightfully enough.
With that, Plön is a remarkable example of how nature and human artefact, rich and common man, land and sea (which is actually a lake in case of Plön) can live in very relaxed and harmonic co-existence. And in this calm stillness, today’s food for thought can be digested well, in realization of the deeper meaning behind.© Copyright 2016 bxa, All rights Reserved. Written For: bxa's Greetings from Germany