The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are in bloom: spring is here! Whether you’re traveling to Europe for a romantic getaway or sightseeing, springtime is a perfect time to travel as destinations start to burst into life after their winter lull. Blooming flowers brighten even the drabbest streets and turn the landscape into a kaleidoscope of color. Be sure to include some of these top spring flower displays in your next travel itinerary, and don’t forget to snap a few photos for Instagram.
Ludwigsburg, Germany is home to the semi-permanent Blooming Baroque garden show. The show features 30 hectares of manicured gardens and has been welcoming visitors to its grounds since 1954. Nearby is the Residenzchloss, an 18th-century palace nicknamed the “Swabian Versailles,” which hosts 452 rooms of baroque and rococo extravagance. If you visit between March and November, you’ll see floral displays in addition to aviaries and themed gardens. Spring and summer transform the gardens into a fragrant affair amid the herbs, rhododendrons, and fountains.
Lisse, the Netherlands
The Netherlands bring to mind endless fields of tulips, and there’s no better place to see the iconic Dutch flower than at Keukenhof in Lisse. Here at the largest flower garden in the world, you will see over 800 different tulip varieties across 32 acres of patterned gardens. The Tulipmania show runs from mid-March to early May. Be mindful, however, that these flowers are the pride of the Dutch; visitors have been asked to take “tulip-friendly” selfies after flower fields had been damaged by tourists.
Festival of the Patios is part festival, part competition, and allows visitors to explore local life through decorated private courtyards. Dating back to the Romans, the patios were designed to provide shade and respite from the heat. Visit between the fourth through seventeenth of May this year to see which colorful patio will be awarded as the city’s best.
Tulips aren’t limited to just the Netherlands! Visit the Vendeuvre Château in Normandy during afternoons in April to see over 30,000 tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and grape hyacinths bring the formal French garden to life. Along the pathways, you’ll find more than just flowers, including water features, ornate pavilions, and fish ponds.