With the first rays of summer sunshine, people pour into the country’s beautiful parks and gardens to catch some sun. Across Germany, beautifully designed landscape parks, flower gardens, palace grounds and vast meadows are the welcome oasis for those living in urban areas seeking to escape from the city buzz. We’ve made a list of Germany’s most beautiful parks and gardens.
As one of Germany’s largest azalea and rhododendron parks, the Kromlau parklands transforms into a sea of blossoms in springtime that is celebrated with an annual festival in May. But that’s not the only draw to the park. It’s also the home of the myth-enshrouded Devil’s Bridge, which has become of one of Saxony’s most popular Instagram spots.
It’s hard to beat the palace grounds of Sanssouci Palace for splendour. A 2.5-kilometre-long promenade connects the grand main building with an obelisk, and the park extends to both sides. A Baroque flower garden, tree-shaded lawns, meticulously maintained hedges, thousands of fruit trees and flower beds create a seemingly endless lush scenery.
The English Garden in Munich often tops the list of the most beautiful and popular parks, and if you’ve had the pleasure of strolling along the park trails on a sunny day, you probably understand why. With its vast meadows, meandering streams and beer gardens, the English Garden is the perfect spot to unwind and escape the city-centre buzz of the Bavarian capital.
From spring to the autumn months, Mainau Island in Lake Constance is an oasis of blossoming flowers. Roses, sunflowers and rhododendrons are the first ones to show their mesmerising colours, followed by tulips and daffodils and finally dahlias, which remain in bloom all the way through to mid-October. But the island has more to show than flowers. Besides palm trees, giant sequoias and bamboo, the island also features a Baroque palace with a splendid church and a butterfly house that are all open year-round.
The outstanding design of the 18th-century landscape park earned the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz an entry on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spanning across an area of more than 142 square kilometres, the garden realm features Germany’s first English-style garden, flower beds and meadows, a lake and several ponds that are connected by canals, dreamy wooden bridges and several chalets and palaces.
Out of all of Hamburg‘s parks and gardens, Planten un Blomen is easily the most beautiful one. The area was once home to a zoological garden but was redeveloped in 1930 and extended several times. Today, the parklands encompass roughly 47 hectares and a combination of differently themed sections: the old botanical gardens, Germany’s largest Japanese garden, and several playgrounds, skateparks, a mini-golf course and an ice rink in winter.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.