»A garden square divided into nine beds«

The Keuchengarten


The so-called Keuchengarten lies to the south of the Upper Castle and in front of the Spanish Hall

The linguistic origin of ‘Keuchen’  ought to be traced back to the Medieval prison tower at the south-east corner; during the renovation into a Renaissance castle, this was completely integrated into the new building. 

In the era of Ferdinand II, a modern garden square, divided into nine garden beds, was laid out; in its centre stood a round pavilion with columns and an onion-shaped roof.

The so-called ‘Summer House’ was located in the south-east. Here, water games could be enjoyed, for example a table, rotated by water-powered wheels, splashed the guests with water. The Summer House no longer exists; neither does the hall for ball games which originally bordered the Keuchengarten to the east. 

After the death of Ferdinand II in 1595 , the Keuchengarten was transformed into a fruit garden. At the end of the twentieth century, it was redesigned based on an engraving by Matthäus Merian the Younger (1649).