“The Charmingest Place We Have Ever Lived In” (Mark Twain)
Fine illustration of the grounds of Hotel Hertenstein on Lake Lucerne, as drawn by German landscape architect Franz Xaver Heissinger.
Visted by Mark Twain, King Ludwig and Queen Victoria, the Hotel Hertenstein is a world renowned Hotel in Weggis, just across Lake Lucerne from the City of Lucerne.
Franz Xaver Heissinger was a landscape architect who began his career in Munich. He seems to have been active in Switzerland planning parks and gardens in the Luzern area in the mid-1860s.
By 1873, he was commissioned to design a plan for the new city of Helvetia (Schweizer-Siedlung) and also exhibited his plans at the Vienna Exhibition in 1873.
He would later move to New York, where he designed a number of hotel gardens, parks, and similar installations.