In 1819 the rather barren area around a hill called Fröhlichenstein was planted and turned into a park. At the highest and most dramatic point, the picturesque Zwillingsfelsen rocks, a sun temple was built, from which a spectacular view of the surroundings could be enjoyed.
This first phase in the development of the park still followed the classical principles of landscape gardening. There are no barriers between the park and the open countryside around it, benches offering views of the river Saale and the town of Hof are skilfully integrated, and a network of paths following the natural contours of the area criss-crosses the park. From the very beginning, this formal aspect was supplemented by the concept of simply creating a park for all the citizens of Hof.
As early as 1829 the park was extended to the west as far as Alte Plauener Straße. Between the many paths different sections were laid out, e.g. an orchard, solitary trees surrounded by summer flowers, rose-beds and patches planted with various deciduous or coniferous trees and shrubs.