King Maximilian II of Bavaria enriched the existing Wittelsbach parks on Lake Starnberg with two masterpieces of garden design: Feldafing Park (from 1850) and Rose Island, created in 1854. On the former fishermen's island of Wörth, the garden designer Peter Joseph Lenné created a fragrant rose paradise which was later to become one of Ludwig II's favourite places. Among the guests he entertained here were Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the Russian Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna and Richard Wagner.
Feldafing Park, which was laid out by the court garden director Carl von Effner opposite Rose Island, is popular for its splendid views of the countryside framed by old oaks and beeches, with Lake Starnberg and the Alps in the background. Plans for a summer palace on a hill in the park were abandoned with the early death of Maximilian II in March 1864.
Rose blossom on Rose Island Usually the first blossom begins around mid-June, the second around mid-August, each lasting for about 4 weeks. Depending on the climate the roses may bloom (even weeks) earlier or later.
Monument under water The remains of prehistoric pile dwellings on the bottom of Lake Starnberg by Rose Island have been included on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.
In June 2011, over 100 selected archaeological sites in several countries were declared cultural heritage under the heading of "Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps". They provide researchers with unique insights into the ancient world of farming, everyday life, agriculture, animal breeding and technical innovations. The pile dwelling sites in Lake Starnberg, together with other remains of settlements, represent an archaeological heritage which dates back to 5000 BC.
For further information about the pile dwellings in Bavaria, please contact the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments (Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege). Clients of Domizile Reisen can now rent a holiday villa very close to Rose Island. Parkvilla Tutzing can be rented as one villa to accommodate up to 9 persons or it can be separated in 3 unique suites of different size. Rose island is only some 4 kilometers away and you can reach it by bike within 15 minutes along the beautiful trail on the lakeshore. You will have stunning views of the lake and the Alps behind.
Recently, we examine a great demand for luxury "homes away from home" in Italy. Especially the Tuscan coastline reaching from La Spezia all the way to Civitavecchia seems to be very attractive for our visitors. So I have decided to post some information on the Tuscan coastline and the very attractive islands. Let´s start off with one of the most visited towns in Italy - Pisa. The vicinity to the coast has always been a decisive advantage for Pisa; and the city knew how to deploy cleverly. Since the 11th century the sea republic had owned a powerful navy at the 13 km distant aperture of the river Arno. From there the Pisans went into the long-time battles between the Christian and the Islamic world. On this crusades Pisa was able to reel decisive victories. With their superior naval power they opened up new ways for maritime trade and founded various trading colonies in the Orient. Due to the created prosperity, Pisa could document a great artistic height between the 11th and the 13th century. Several architectural styles from the early Christian era, the Lombard-Romanic times and from the Arabic world unified in Pisa. The best and most impressive example for these times is the beautiful and world famous plaza „Piazza dei Miracoli“. The place of miracles unifies the cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery and the Leaning Tower together with its art treasures and monuments to one of Italy’s most beautiful ensembles of churches. We present stunning villas on the Versilia coast, which offers accomodation for 14 and which can be rented with fullservice.
One of our most popular houses is called "Can Pelat" and is located on the enchanting island of Ibiza. It is very remarkable how much positive feedback we have received from our guests who stayed in Can Pelat so far. One of them, a young couple, with their little child reported as follows: " ...First of all we would like to thank you again for this well done coordination and for the high quality of this holiday home. We have spend a really good time there... ." The finca with private pool is situated in the bay of Cala Carbo with seaview. This area is one of the most beautiful places of Ibiza. You can comfortably reach several sandy beaches by foot or by car in a few minutes. Can Palet is separated in a main and a guest house. There is plenty of space. The German owner has arranged the house very comfortable and in a very good style. The interior design of the house gets a lot of compliments. A Swiss couple, for example, was very impressed by Can Pelat and they absolutly wanted to know the name of the owner to leave him a personal letter. Furthermore the finca offers a nice Mediterranean garden - partly covered terraces to dine and relax outside. For these who would like to get to know Can Pelat in 2010 should not wait too long because the first pre-bookings are already done.