I am writing it on a cold snowy March day. Spring is not coming any time soon and only colourful photos remind me of warm afternoons spent in parks and rose gardens.
Personally, I like when the park has some little garden with flowers and herbs and some bench to have a sit and just relax. Since roses are the queens of the flower kingdom, they always have a special place in any garden, especially the royal ones close to palaces.
Today I present my favorite beautiful rose gardens I visited in Germany. Each one has a unique style and atmosphere, but all of them somehow amazed me. Maybe they will amaze you too.
I really like a bit misterious character of this place. It is located on top of a hill, so you need to climb a little bit and it is not visible from any place until you actually reach it. It has impressive pergolas and a lot of place to have a seat and enjoy the view and the smell!
I actually wrote a separate post dedicated to that place, which you can read here: Rose Heights.
2. Rosengarten in Mainz
This garden is not too big and seems to be a part of a bigger City Park (Stadtpark). It is located close to the Rhine river on a bit hilly area. The roses collection includes more than 4000 flowers and they are not the only type of flowers grown there. There is also a great number of rhododendrons of different flower colours.
City Park in Mainz has even more to offer. There is no zoo, but some animals are kept, like goats or flamingos. There is also the Birdhouse with Ara parrots. If you lucky you can also meet some wild green parrots flying freely in the park.
In summer various festivals and concerts take place in the CityPark or neighbouring Volks Park. So you may consider visiting this Rose Garden and having a glass of wine with some nice music and the view of the Romantic Rhine. For example during the Mainzer Weinmarkt taking place every year in August.
3. Eltville – the city of wine and roses
Staying with the wine and roses – not far from Mainz, still at the Rhine river, there is a town famous for the production of wine and charming little rose gardens – Eltiville. The main garden is in the courtyard of the Electoral Castle, but once you wander around the medieval old city part you will see them around every corner. The collection contains an impressive number of 350 rose species.
In the city with so much love towards those flowers there are multiple days during the year when people gather together to simply enjoy their beauty, for example:
Rose Day (Rosentage) – takes place every year in late spring. During this special day rose lovers can experience a variety of artistic events, with music and exhibitions. It is also possible to purchase products like oils or perfumes, books about gardening and roses.
Sekt Fest – takes place annually in June/July. You can try various types of sparkling wine while listening to live music and eating local specialties. All of it in the surroundings of the Rhine river and beautifully scented flowers.
Eltiville also lies on the German Timber-Frame Road, which is another reason to visit.
4. Palmengarten in Frankfurt am Main
This is one of my favourite places to visit in Frankfurt no matter the season. It has a huge outdoor area, greenhouses with tropicarium with plants from all other the world and multiple seasonal exhibitions. Rose Garden is located somehow at the heart of it. In the middle, there is a pavilion -“Haus Rosenbrunn”, which can be even rented for weddings. It is surrounded by parallel paths, sculptures and white benches.
A great chance to visit might be during the Rose and Light Festival, which takes place on 8th-10th June 2018.
This little island on the Havel River close to Berlin has also a little rose garden. The combination of castle, peacocks, “remote” island and roses sounds like a good beginning of a romantic novel or just a good idea for a weekend trip!
I visited the place before, so you can read about it in more details here: Peacock Island.
Have you been to any of those gardens? How did you like them?
Do you know any other rose gardens in Germany or anywhere else? Leave your recommendations in the comments section.
Below you find the photo gallery with more captures from the places mentioned above.