Here are some of the finest gardens you can visit in and near our Lakes & Mountains holiday resorts.
There is an enormously varied range of beautiful gardens open to the public. The flora will, of course, vary throughout the season, as will opening times, so please do investigate further.
Fans of the Sound of Music will be familiar with the famous Mirabell Gardens and the unusual features they possess, such as the Hedge Theatre and the Dwarf Garden's marble sculptures. These gardens were opened in 1854 by Emperor Franz Joseph and they have been recognised worldwide as a horticultural masterpiece ever since. Salzburg also plays host to the Water Gardens at Hellbrunn Palace and their quirky elements including their trick water fountains!
The Austrian capital is a must for avid gardeners. You've got the stunning World Heritage Site which is the Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens with their barque flare and extensive formal gardens. The Belvedere Palace & Gardens are also well worth a visit with its impressive statues, colourful flora and water features. From here, you have superb views of Vienna's thriving city centre. You can also go and see the lovely University Botanical Gardens which have striking colours and scenery.
It's Lake Garda's southern resorts (Peschiera, Sirmione, Desenzano, Salo and Bardolino) which are real go to destinations. The lake's biggest island, Isola del Garda features a Venetian style villa with Italian and English gardens. There are brilliant guided tours around the island's features which help give an understanding of the garden's style and background. Pay a visit to the Parco Giardino Sigurta near Peschiera. It has the historical background of being Napoleon III's headquarters in 1859. Near Gardone Riviera, you can head to the Andre Heller Botanical Gardens with waterfalls, streams, sculptures and topiary all there to enjoy.
Several of the elegant lakeside villas here have gardens open to visit and are an ideal way to spend a sunny afternoon. On the outskirts of Bellagio there are the magnificent Villa Melzi and Villa Balbianello which both possess magnificent gardens and views. Between Cadenabbia and Tremezzo you'll find the Villa Carlotta with gardens full of tropical plants, camellias, azaleas, rare conifers and rhodoendrons, a great backdrop fro the classic concerts hosted there during July and August!
Talk about being spoilt for choice, Lake Maggiore is a haven for garden lovers. There is two garden-islands, Isola Bella, renowned for its spectacular springtime display of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. There is also Isola Madre, an elaborate villa on an island, with gardens filled with rare vegetables and flowers Make sure to see the Villa Taranto just outside Baveno, and the Botanic Garden Alpinia, which is accessible from Stresa via cable-car.
Trauttmansdorff Castle is worth the visit to Merano by itself. This majestic castle features 80 (that's right 80!) different garden landscapes across its spectacular 30 acres of land. It was voted 'Italy's Most Beautiful Garden' in the last decade and is a mere 3km walk along Sissi's Path from Merano's centre. The gardens are mostly Mediterranean themed with exotic flowers combining with forest, water and formal gardens topped off by the beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains and Merano itself.
The Villa Garzoni hosts the must-see gardens of Montecatini and we are delighted to give you the opportunity to visit during your stay in Montecatini. We take a trip every Sunday and your place bookable through your Inghams Rep. The gardens took 170 years to create and construct and are famous fro their ornate features, water fountains and statues throughout Europe.
The gardens of Slovenia are a real treat and, due to the country's climate, enjoy some lush gardens. Ljubljana Botanical Gardens are the best known and were established in 1810. They are located right in the heart of Ljubljana's bustling centre and the gardens showcase more than 4,500 different species throughout the arboretum, tropical glasshouse, water-gardens and a Mediterranean area. There is also an International Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj from 23 May - 7 June.
Graced with the enviable backdrop of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch mountains, the Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden is quite a place! Accessed by a scenic mountain railway, the garden sits just shy of 2,000m. There's over 600 native species of Swiss Alpine wild flowers to see and guests staying in Interlaken and Wilderswil receive a FREE 1 hour guided tour with the purchase of a train ticket.
The beautiful and unique Brissago Islands are a real eye-catcher in the middle of the beautiful Lake Ticino. Stay in Locarno and Ascona with Inghams to get the best access to the island. It boasts over 1,500 plant species with sequoias, lotus blossoms and even eucalyptus trees as well as plants from subtropical regions of Asia, South Africa, America, Australia and the islands of Oceania.
Those who like to explore won't be disappointed in Chamonix in France where there are beautiful Alpine pastures knee deep in flowers including aplenroses, arnica, and genetians. Book our photographic walk "Chamonix a gardener's paradise" and meet local gardeners and the chef Denis Carrier will show his famous vegetable garden at the Auberge du Bois Prin. And depending on the time of year, wild strawberries and blueberries can be picked and enjoyed during these walks.
In Evian the Jardin de L'Eau de Pre Curieux is a spectacular water garden accessed by boat with various water-based ecosystems. You can also visit the Japanese garden, English garden and Lovers' garden.
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If you're travelling to Vancouver or Victoria on the west coast of Canada with Inghams, a visit to the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island is a 'must'. (Victoria and Butchart Gardens full day tours available from your Resort Representative in Vancouver or Victoria.)
Established more than a century ago by the Butchart family, the original estate was called Benvenuto - Italian for 'welcome'. Family-owned and managed ever since, these beautiful 55-acre gardens have wonderful floral displays and are now classified as a National Historic Site of Canada. They are conveniently located just 14 miles north of Victoria and 13 miles south of the Vancouver-Victoria ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. (You can even visit Victoria by Float Plane from Vancouver! Book with your Representative in resort.)
Whilst you’re here, don't miss the rural peace of the smaller Glendale Gardens where you'll find a wide range of individual gardens dedicated to (amongst others) hardy fuchsias, lilies, mixed borders, native wildflowers, herbs, heather and ornamental grasses. There is also a 'drought tolerant ' garden - worth a visit in these times of climate change - and even a Zen garden for those of you who fancy some meditation and self-contemplation.
Last, but not least on Vancouver Island, at Victoria Butterfly Gardens you'll find beautiful orchid displays and thousands of colourful, free-flying butterflies and moths.
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| Blumen Corso (Flower Parade)|
Innsbruck University Botanical Garden
|Igls||Alpengarten Patscherkofel, Botanical Garden|
|Vienna|| Schönbrunn Palace Park:|
The Great Parterre
Botanical Garden, University of Vienna
Castle in Graz (Burg) - Grand Austrian Rail Adventure
|Italy|| Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda|
Riva del Garda
Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Baveno, Lake Maggiore
| I Giardine del Vittoriale|
Andre Heller Botanical Gardens
Gardens of Villa Lante
Lake Front Gardens
Arco (garden area)
Botanical Gardens at the Varone Waterfalls
Reinhardt Park & Garden
Isola Bella Gardens
Islola Madre Gardens
Villa Palavicino Gardens
Villa Taranto Gardens
Parchi Giardino Sigurta
Parco Sigurta Giardino (Sigurta Park Gardens)
Isola del Garda
The Parco Natura Viva
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff
Villa del Balbianello
Locarno Lugano, Ascona (Lake Maggiore)
| Botanic Garden Alpinia|
Botanical Alpine Garden
Botanical Gardens of Ascona
Botanical Gardens of Brissago
|Canada||Victoria and Vancouver|
Victoria and Butchart Gardens
| Germany||Lake Constance|