Gardens, Cultural Landscape, Regional Identity
Large and small parks and gardens in the regions of the "European Garden Heritage Network" are starting points for the visitor to experience garden design, nature, history, culture and regional identity, to discover new and hidden things, to get a fresh perspective on familiar things and to enjoy the special quality of each cultural landscape. In each region routes are placed under a specific heading in order to focus on the most distinctive quality and sometimes also the most surprising aspect of a region.
With the regional theme as a linking element, as a kind of green thematic thread, there is of course no need to go from one site to another in a particular order or to visit all sites. The aim is to offer good images of gardens and to encourage the visitor to discover regions, to stop off at places which deserve attention and which then reward the guest with sensory impressions, moods and leisurely hours.
This website enables the visitor to have a first look at gardens and cultural landscapes in nine regions. It offers the (virtual) traveller the necessary information for visiting the parks and gardens, the museums and historical sites, for walks through attractive parts of towns, villages or places of natural beauty, for sampling regional specialities or taking breaks in particularly atmospheric places.
Routes and Themes
In Great Britain:
In The Netherlands:
In addition, the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN incorporates a great number of "Gardens of European Themes". It is not the presentation of regional garden culture which is to the fore in the case of these parks and gardens but the common characteristics of the different eras of development in European garden design. This European dimension can be explored on this website in the form of a virtual journey. But of course real visits to these garden paradises, whether in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Russia, Portugal, Ireland and Italy (as the countries currently covered by EGHN), allow the visitor to gain an insight into the common heritage of garden culture in Europe.
It is up to you, the visitor, and at your leisure to decide how you wish to explore this variety, which seasonal atmosphere you wish to enjoy, how you wish to be charmed by the uniqueness of the various places and how long you wish to linger there.