Gardens of Alsace & Rhineland
GARDENS ILLUSTRATED in association with Boxwood Tours
The fertile Rhine river valley cuts between the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest forming a natural border between France, Switzerland and the warm, vine-growing south-west ‘Tuscany of Germany’. We travel southwards weaving between France and Germany, an area home to a surprisingly rich selection of gardens. Our five-day tour will include a heady mix of gardens including: Landhaus Ettenbühl, renowned for roses; the regional alpine flowers of Haut Chitelet; Berchigranges, a garden strongly linked to its stunning mountain surroundings; and the fascinating experimental planting design at Hermannshof. The Jardins de la Ferme Bleue is a wonderful example of the region’s typical historic blue architecture and one of the most imposing and complex historical gardens in Germany at Schloßpark Schwetzingen. Criss-crossing the mighty Rhine we can piece together the gardening roots of this remarkable region. In Germany we stay at Der Europäischer Hotel, Heidelberg and in France at Château d’Isenbourg in the vine-clad foothills of the Vosges, where generous hospitality and culinary specialities will contribute to the enjoyment of the region.
NOTE: We are helping travellers with additional transport & accommodation required to link this with a previous tour of Belgian gardens that finishes in Brussels Friday, 10th June. Do get in contact with the Boxwood office for further information...
Day 1: Saturday 11th June
Fly from London Heathrow on BA0904 departing at 11:00 and arriving at Frankfurt International at 13:40. From here, we journey together to a private garden surrounding an unusual mill where artist and designer Siegfried Speckhardt and his wife Ri Speckhardt work in harmony gardening a brook-side woodland garden and restoring an old mill. We are invited to enjoy tea & cakes before continuing on to your deeply comfortable hotel Der Europäischer in the heart of old Heidelberg with time to settle in before an evening meal together.
Day 2: Sunday 12th June
First, a morning visit to Hermannshof, one of Germany’s most exciting public gardens and very much at the forefront of experimental planting design. Lunch in a stylish café is followed by a special guided tour of Schloßpark Schwetzingen, one of the most imposing and complex historical gardens in Germany, now lavishly restored, and a fascinating view into 18th century intellectual and gardening passions. Return to Der Europäischer Hotel to dine together.
Day 3: Monday 13th June
Travel into France to see three smaller private gardens all designated as ‘Jardin Remarquable’: Les Jardins de la Ferme Bleue is a wonderful example of the region’s typical historic blue architecture set in a series of refined and intimate garden ‘rooms’. At Le Jardin de l’Escalier, an invitation to a delicious light lunch with time to explore the gardens that are interwoven with the Gîtes, gallery and dining areas. Le Jardin de Marguerite is a secret traditional garden concealed in the small village of Plobsheim where you will find a profusion of old roses tumbling through the themed ‘rooms’. Arrive at Château d’Isenbourg in time to settle in before dining together at the hotel.
Day 4: Tuesday 14th June
Venture into the Vosges Mountains to the renowned and atmospheric Berchigranges, a garden with a strongly naturalistic feel and huge personality. Following lunch, visit Haut Chitelet, an impressive alpine garden where at this time the wild flowers of the region should be at their peak. Return to Château d’Isenbourg where wel dine together.
Day 5: Wednesday 15th June
Back across the Rhine to vine-clad Black Forest foothills and Landhaus Ettenbühl, renowned for a collection of fine old roses thriving in a fast maturing romantic garden. This is a rose-themed enterprise which includes garden classes, shop, plant sales, B&B and tea rooms where we are joined at lunch by the owner, Gisela Seidel and talented head gardener, James Foggin, our guide throughout the visit. Return from Basel Mulhouse airport on BA0755 at 18:10 arriving back at London Heathrow at 18:55.
How much & what's included:
The price per person: £2780.00
Single supplement: £300 (levied by the hotels).
The price includes: two nights at 5-star Château d’Isenbourg; two nights at 5-star Der Europäischer Hotel; four evening meals with local wines; four lunches and one tea; all transport during the tour and return flights from London Heathrow. If you wish to arrange your own flights we will be happy to deduct £139.00 per person from the tour price if we are notified at the time of booking. Please note the outbound flight goes to Frankfurt and the return flight departs from Basel. The price does not include extras at the hotel, or travel insurance.
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