Fürstenlager State Park

The Fürstenlager (“Princes’ Camp”) in Bensheim-Auerbach from the late 18th century was the rural summer residence of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt. Today, the idyllic hamlet with an old spa fountain in the middle of a landscaped park is open to all who enjoy a stroll and captivates with its peace and tranquillity.

At a glance

64625 Bensheim-Auerbach

The State Park is freely accessible


Next event

04/26, 18:00–19:30 – Abendspaziergang zur Eremitage

A map of Hessen HESSEN


The Fürstenlager is a place for active deceleration. The world seems to become quieter and time to pass more slowly when you go to the Hessian state park near Bensheim-Auerbach: at the bottom of a valley basin lies a pretty ensemble of buildings framed by steep slopes of forest, meadows and vineyards. Nestled in the natural topography of the Odenwald at the transition to the Upper Rhine Plain, it cannot be called anything other than idyllic. This is how the princes who once used it to escape courtly constraints may have found it.

Fuerstenlager schwanenteich

The bridge over the Swan Pond at the lower entrance to the State Park.

Foto: Michael Leukel, 2019
Fuerstenlager luisendenkmal

The Luise Monument commemorates the deceased sisters of Grand Duchess Luise

Foto: Michael Leukel, 2019
Fuerstenlager weiberge

Up and down between vineyards and paths lined with poplars in the Fürstenlager

Foto: Olli Heimann, 2016

Fuerstenlager kapelle

The Hermitage (c. 1787), a small retreat clad in bark wood

Foto: Michael Leukel, 2019

Meetings & Celebrations at the Fürstenlager

Fuerstenlager vermietung1

Foto: T. Ohlwein, 2012

Rooms at the Fürstenlager can be rented for events.