Exploring Europe's Secret Gardens: La Bagatelle, Isola Bella, and Dessau-Wörlitz

By Susie Hawkins

Discover Tranquil Gardens, Baroque Elegance, and UNESCO Wonders on These Enchanting Day Trips

La Bagatelle, France: A Tranquil Getaway from Paris

Escape the hustle and bustle of Paris and discover the hidden gem that is Parc de Bagatelle. Tucked away in the Bois de Boulogne, this 18th-century botanical haven is a short bus ride away. Simply take the 43 bus in the direction of ‘Neuilly-Bagatelle’ to Place de Bagatelle. In under 30 minutes, you'll find yourself surrounded by fragrant roses, serene lakes, and beautifully maintained landscapes. Don't miss the International Rose Garden, where an annual competition adds an extra dash of charm!

Isola Bella, Italy: A Slice of Paradise on Lake Maggiore

For a taste of Italian beauty, embark on a day trip to Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore. Start with a scenic train journey from Milan to Stresa, followed by a short boat ride to this enchanting island. Isola Bella's Baroque palace is adorned with terraced gardens, and a gorgeous array of exotic plants and fountains. As you wander through these gardens, you’ll see all sorts of vibrant colors and breathtaking views of the lake. With its blend of historical elegance and natural wonders, Isola Bella promises a day trip filled with Italian flair and picturesque landscapes.

Dessau-Wörlitz, Germany: A UNESCO Heritage Garden Retreat

Germany's Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, a UNESCO World Heritage site, blends landscape design with cultural history. Located about 1.5 hours by train from Berlin, followed by a short car or bike ride, this garden complex showcases the ideals of the Enlightenment era. The Wörlitz Park, central to the ensemble, features a stunning Neo-Classical palace, a romantic island, and a vast English garden. As you explore the interconnected waterways, bridges, and temples, you'll be transported back in time. The accessibility from Berlin makes Dessau-Wörlitz an ideal day trip, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and architecture in the heart of Germany.



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