Mighty witnesses of the past which, despite their pompous allure still allow room for the future. A spot where Baroque art de vivre and girly gossip mingle. Where children roam the park with their dogs in stark contrast to the still, ancient castle facades. And next to it all, the soaring tower “Wolkenturm” with its reflections of the grey sky beyond and the first, ever so faint blossoms of spring on the ground below. It is mesmerising to take a walk in the castle park of Grafenegg in Lower Austria, in close proximity to the cities of Tulln and Krems. My homecoming of a special kind.
Park landscapes have always fascinated people. The palace gardens of Grafenegg are no exception: Despite being spoilt for choice with the many walking & hiking options in the surroundings, my friends, family and I are often drawn here. It is like a welcoming escape into a unique microcosm, complete with large tree giants, spellbound spots, cute little hideaways and wide open spaces that beckon you to walk right across them. My photo camera is like the nose of a dog, drawing me here and there and all excited: This corner, this angle, this detail. Beautiful!