Even though the people of Leipzig unofficially refer to it as Schiller Park, the name of this site commemorates Peter Joseph Lenné, one of the most significant German garden artists. In the mid-19th century, he completely redesigned this area, which had already been gardened since 1790. In contrast to previous solutions, he achieved a great success. However, he had to struggle with the city council to incorporate a larger area than originally planned into the design, in order to create something “truly beautiful.” At the edge of the site, the Moritzbastei, built around 1550 by Hieronymus Lotter, remained, now used since the 1970s as Leipzig’s largest student club.

The city moat, once clearly recognizable until Lenné’s time, was largely filled in. However, Lenné modeled a gentle, valley-like depression. South of the Moritzbastei, he had the so-called Promenadenhügel built up, onto which an alley with a moderate incline leads on the east side. From the top, the main vista extends towards the tower of the New City Hall, originally the Pleißenburg. The described valley-like area is framed by staggered groups of trees, some still dating back to the creation of the park. Despite the proximity to the city center and a major thoroughfare, this creates a convincing landscape character. The beginning of the axis on the hill was the suitable place to erect a bust for Mayor Dr. Otto Koch (1810–1876), who played a crucial role in Lenné’s design plans.

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