The Salamander Pond
When the Ermitage was first opened, this was the entrance to the garden. An atmospheric garden scene with a gushing waterfall and a semicircular bench, which invites you to linger.
Water is a central element which appears in several variations in the Ermitage. Whether it tumbles down a waterfall, runs down a stalactite, stands in the pond or flows in a creek, the reflection of the water is next to the designed elements of the garden, and always shows a reflection of nature and its beholders. With a bit of luck, in the springtime you can see even still today discover a salamander or a newt.