The Gardens of the Hesperides in Nuremberg were established outside the town walls in the St. John's district in the Middle Ages. The Gardens of the Hesperides, where citrus fruits were once cultivated, owe their name to the daughters of Hesperius, who in Greek mythology guarded the golden fruits.
Today it is still possible to view a number of statues and fountains in these public gardens, giving visitors an impression of the famous garden culture from the 17th and 18th century.
One of the most famous gardens, in the classic Italian style, can be found next to the St. John's Cemetery with the St. John's Church. It lies directly behind the houses 43 to 47 in the Johannisstraße. Equally beautiful is the Baroque garden at 13 Johannisstraße.