6 of the most beautiful gardens in Europe
There are a plethora of beautiful gardens in Europe - far too many to name in one article! In this short list, we highlight a few of the most famous and unique botanical gardens in Europe, all well worth a visit for their beauty and diversity of plant life.
Six of the most beautiful gardens in Europe
Here is a short list of some of the most spectacular European gardens that merit a visit.
1. Monet's Garden, France
Monet’s Gardens are in Giverny, the charming village in Normandy in northern France where the artist resided until his death in 1926. Monet's former home, now an elaborate garden open to the public, is where he produced his famous lily series. There are two main parts to the garden: a flower garden and a Japanese-inspired water garden.
The flower garden is called “The Clos Normand”, and it is divided into flowerbeds and fruit gardens with iron arches. The Japanese-inspired water gardens include the famous bridge that is covered in wisterias, weeping willows, bamboo woods, and nympheas. These gardens are especially unique because of the dedication and devotion Monet put into growing his botanical beauties before painting them.
2. Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden, Norway
The Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden is the globe's northernmost botanical garden, in Tromsø, and it is filled with arctic, antarctic, and alpine plants from all around the world. The garden is open the entire year, with no fences or gates, meaning it is freely accessible to all. It’s a joy to see the garden at various times throughout the year because in the spring there are a plethora of bulbs that bloom.
In autumn, the colours are extremely vibrant, and by wintertime, snow covers the evergreen shrubbery, making it look like a winter wonderland. The garden contains over 25 collections of some of the rarest plants in the world. Along with some of the best natural scenery out there, the garden also has a cosy café that is open during the summer months for visitors to enjoy waffles, cake, ice cream, and hot drinks.
3. Alhambra Palace and Gardens, Spain
The Alhambra Palace and Gardens in Granada, Spain is the epitome of elegance and royalty. These Arab gardens are a representation of paradise, full of delight and pleasure. Water is an important part of this garden, and it is present in the fountains, ponds, and water sources. The amazing gardens are lined with colourful tiles with beautiful flower motifs that are characteristic of Arab art.
There are different sections that are open to visitors for free at any time. These exquisite gardens where the sultans of Granada would relax are a must-see for everyone.
4. Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands
The Keukenhof Gardens, which translates to “kitchen garden” in English, are also called the Gardens of Europe, and are one of the largest gardens in the world. Around 7 million flower bulbs are planted here every year, and while Keukenhof is most famous for its tulips, there are also hyacinths, daffodils, lilies, roses, carnations, and irises. The famous tulip display is open for eight weeks from mid-March to mid-May, with the peak being in April, when over 800 different types of tulips are on display.
In addition to the tulip gardens, there is also an English landscape garden, a nature garden, and a Japanese country garden. There are also flower shows, intricate artwork, and wonderful events. The garden is a short distance away from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, and it is easily accessible via public transportation.
5. Mainau Island, Germany
The gardens on Mainau Island, magically located on an island in Lake Constance in Germany, are seen as a model for excellent environmental practices. Along with the flowers, there is a beautiful park landscape with a view of the lake and a greenhouse with a tropical climate and thousands of butterflies.
This island garden has a microclimate, able to sustain palm trees and other Mediterranean plants, along with other rare and valuable plants such as a redwood tree. There are also palaces and other historic buildings in this stunning place, and if someone chooses to, they can have an opulent wedding on this garden island.
6. Rose Garden, Switzerland
The Rose Gardens in Bern, Switzerland are part of one of the most beautiful parks in the country, and they have a fabulous view of the Old Town, the Minster, and the Aare River. As the garden is situated above the city, it offers fabulous views of the landmarks and sights of Bern. On clear days, you can even catch a glimpse of the local mountains.
This public park and garden is a great place to visit to relax in the afternoon for a picnic with your family or even to read a lovely book by yourself. And because it has one of the best views to offer, don't forget to take an incredible photo here as well!
Visit these gorgeous gardens this spring and summer!
If you enjoyed this list, then plan your visit to see these immaculate wonders! Most of these are open during the spring and summer seasons, and some are open all year round!