Summer destination: Germany
Visit 6 top gardens in bustling cities
Germany has endless attractions and with spring upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase a selection of gardens in its most popular cities; from Munich, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart and Frankfurt to Berlin.
Tiergarten is Berlin’s largest and most popular inner-city park great for children thanks to its large playground. Couples will also appreciate this retreat thanks to its diverse landscapes, quiet benches, pathways and ponds. Be sure not to miss the rhododendrons in bloom!
Stadtpark is a public park in Hamburg displaying a collection of over 20 sculptures and lots of opportunity for active visitors. An athletics stadium, eight sports courts, five playgrounds, two areas for beach volleyball, a paddling pool for children and a model boat pond will keep everyone busy.
Herrenhaeuser Gardens, Hannover
The world-famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen in Hannover have three distinct gardens to explore; the baroque Great Garden, the English style George Garden and the Hill Garden featuring between 500 and 800 orchids year round. The Great Garden is illuminated on summer evenings and is the place to be for a number of festivals where music, fireworks and entertainers can be enjoyed.
Wilhelma Park, Stuttgart
With nearly 70 acres of land, Wilhelma is Europe’s biggest zoological-botanical garden, with over 1000 species of animals and some 6000 species and varieties of plants. Visit animals from different climatic zones and the garden’s stars including orchids, camellias, azaleas bromeliads, fuchsias, cactuses and the magnolia grove.
Palm Garden, Frankfurt
This year round garden has wonderful indoor and outdoor environments for a variety of tropical flowers and trees. Depending on the season you visit, find tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, lilies, irises, peonies and lilies among 50 acres of beautifully landscaped fields and streams.
English Gardens, Munich
The highlight at Munich’s English Gardens is the four beer gardens. This 900 acre park spans from the city center to the north and tourists and visitors alike can stroll along the shaded paths, while taking in the brooks, and ponds with swans, and not to mention nude sunbathers.
The perfect compliment to your garden tour in Germany is a German rail pass. Options for residents outside Europe include a:
- Eurail Global Pass
- Eurail Select Pass
- Eurail Austria – Germany Pass
- Eurail Benelux – Germany Pass
- Eurail Czech Republic – Germany Pass
- Eurail Denmark – Germany Pass
- Eurail France – Germany Pass
- Eurail Germany – Poland Pass
- Eurail Germany – Switzerland Pass
- German Rail Pass
Options for European residents include an:
- InterRail Global Pass
- InterRail Germany Pass