The Belvedere and the Sub Tropics Terraces

The Belvedere is situated on the Rosenstein slope and, as the name signifies (it is Italian for "lovely view"), it is one of the loveliest viewing spots at Wilhelma. From 1851 onwards it served King Wilhelm I of Württemberg as a place to enjoy the view across to the Burial Chapel on Rotenberg Hill and over the Swabian countryside. The Belvedere forms the upper limit of the Sub Tropics Terraces and also of the entire historical Wilhelma, The pavilion itself is closed to the public, but the view can still be enjoyed.

The Sub Tropics Terraces were given their name in the eighties of 20th century. King Wilhelm I of Württemberg at first felt that this sunny part of Letschenberg Hill, a hill in Rosenstein Park, would be the ideal place for vines and royal espalier fruit trees. As early as 1835 he gave the royal gardener, Mr. Bosch, instructions to this end. The terraced area was re-designed between 1843 and 1853 by Karl Ludwig von Zanth. Albert Güldenstein, the Stuttgart sculptor, created the three groups of tin-cast animals. As is usual in Italian gardens, the element of water is evident on every level of the Sub Tropics Terraces, in the form of different, partially historical fountains.

Since 1981 there has been a section for sub tropical and tropical plants and animals on the terraces. The Sub Tropics Terraces are also the connecting link between the historical park and the modern extension of Wilhelma on the plateau of Rosenstein Park.