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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Travel Guide to Highgrove. How To Visit Prince Charles's Stunning Gardens

November 22, 2020 0

  Ultimate Nature Travel at Highgrove!

Gardens have long been the places of inspiration among artists due to its natural canvass of a gorgeous blooms, poetic environment and a dramatic scenery of nature.

Today, not only artists are drawn to the magic and serenity of a garden trip but also travelers who love nature and blooms. 

Travelers began appreciating the beauty of a peaceful and amazing world through an exciting garden trip.

The world has so much to give when it comes to nature. It's never short of the things that amaze us. Including stunning gardens. 

One of these beautiful destinations of blooms and greenery that we should be putting in our travel bucket list is the royal Highgrove. Yeah, that's Prince Charles's private estate!

Highgrove Travel

Highgrove estate is a private property of His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. 

It has been His Royal Highness country residence since 1981, and his most favorite among his residences. It's in Highgrove where he could be most of himself: a passionate environmentalist.

Wildflower meadows 

Highgrove has the most charming atmosphere of nature. Scenic and sustainable. Well tended, and royally cultivated with special consideration to the environment.

Its sweeping view of nature, greenery and spectacular gardens made it an ideal place to visit for nature lovers and environmental advocates. It is a perfect model of sustainability and clean energy, powered by solar panels and heated by wood chip boiler. 

It offers a haven of relaxation, a peaceful escape, the best retreat for a tired mind and body. Its walled gardens provide a scenic sanctuary during heavy days to de-stress.

A book about Highgrove 
The Prince and Princess of Wales and their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry at Highgrove in 1986

The estate is a great study to learn about taking care of our environment. Prince Charles is a climate change advocate, a devoted environmentalist and nature conservationist. It has long been his crusade to preserve a healthy planet.

It's no surprise Highgrove runs according to his environmental principles: all organic, pesticide-free and has a waste disposal system that filtered and recycled wastes so that none will go to the landfills. 

Prince Charles is a keen gardener and passionate about organic farming 
The King of all "plantitos"

This is an ultimate royal nature adventure to one of the most stunning sustainable estates in the world.

Great nature destination

Highgrove is a perfect destination for nature lovers and environmental advocates and those who adored modern gardening and greenery. 

Sundial garden at Highgrove 

It has beautiful, artistic gardens personally cultivated and supervised by Prince Charles (he cultivated most of the species), an organic tea room where fresh organic meals and desserts are served, and souvenir shops.

Wildflower meadows 

Travelers will also see the childhood playground of Prince William and Prince Harry called the Stumpery where a tree house was built in 1987.

Treehouse at Stumpery in Highgrove 
       Stumpery. Childhood playground of           Prince William and Prince Harry

A trip to Highgrove offers a glimpse of who is Prince Charles in private: a passionate conservationist whose concerns towards nature transformed Highgrove into one of the most jaw-dropping country homes with fairytale gardens in the world. Innovative, gorgeous, elegant, dreamy and awe-inspiring!  

Mosaic fountain 

Guests will be able to see his countryside home, a three-storey Georgian mansion with kitchen walled garden, nine bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Georgian mansion of Highgrove 

The mansion was renovated into a neo-classical architecture with a semi-wilderness corner where a treehouse built for the young Prince William and Prince Harry stood.

The Royal Highgrove

Let's get to know this elegant royal country home of the Prince of Wales and see why travelers need to make this one of an ultimate travel goals. The massive opulent gardens which are unique in the world. The details of the tour how to get there. 

Sundial garden 

Prince Charles purchased this property in 1980, shortly before he started dating Lady Diana Spencer. Since 1980, it has become his country residence. Over the years, he developed Highgrove into one of the most sustainable country estates in the world. 

Prince Charles at Highgrove 

He loves country living and has been known to personally cultivate plants and bed of flowers in the estate with the help of known gardeners in England. 

By the time he married Diana in 1981, Highgrove undergone a massive renovation and Diana integrated her personal touch on the Georgian mansion by hiring her favorite interior designer.

Diana, Princess of Wales at Highgrove 

Prince Charles, a known nature conservationist, wanted to make Highgrove his personal homage to the environment. So he cultivated a home farm that's purely organic, planted vegetables, wildflower meadows and modern gardens.

Prince Charles is a passionate gardener 

Highgrove welcomes visitors when the Prince of Wales is not in residence. Guided tour packages are available to plan and book a visit to Highgrove.

Highgrove Garden Tour

Highgrove is open to the public for a visit on a guided tour. However, for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic, the property is close. Its operation will resume in 2021 starting Springtime until Autumn. 

Lily pool garden 

Here's how the guided tours at Highgrove are arranged for tourists. All tour packages will bring guests to the massive Royal Gardens at Highgrove, Stumpery, Thyme walk, Organic Tea Room, and Royal Souvenir Shops.

English Cottage gardens 

1. Individual Garden Tour

Explore the Royal Gardens at Highgrove through one of Prince Charles's expert garden tour guides. Tour includes a visit to the elegant English cottage gardens of the Prince of Wales, intimate insight into Prince Charles's life and his passion about gardening and the environment. Tour price starts at £27.50

Highgrove at springtime

2. Champagne  Tea Tour

Limited to an intimate group, this package is guided by one of His Royal Highness's expert guides around Highgrove. One way of exploring the Royal Gardens at Highgrove. 

The sites to be visited are Stumpery, a greenery corner where the treehouse built for Prince William and Prince Harry stood, Chelsea Flower Show carpet gardens. Tour package starts at £79.95.

3. Private Tour

Private garden tour package is for guests who want an exclusive group tour for a special event or celebration. 

This is booked via the Highgrove events team with exclusive arrangement. Price starts at £450.00

4. Group Garden Tour

This tour package has two groups: A group of 26 and a group of 52. The price for a group garden tour of 26 persons starts at £400. 

While a group of 52 has a fixed rate of £2,181.40 with a free two-course delicious lunch consisting of organic meals freshly prepared from His Royal Highness's Home Farm. It is served at the orchard tea room before the tour begins.

Other Areas To Visit

Orchard Tea Room - a dining area on the Highgrove estate. It is where guests can enjoy a selection of fabulous organic meals and desserts prepared by the High Royal Highness's estate chef. Apart from Tea, drinks like wine and champagne are also available. 

Orchard Tea Room at Highgrove

The dining room is surrounded by original paintings of the Prince of Wales. Meals and refreshments at the Orchard Tea Room are prepared from the finest local ingredients and products from Prince Charles's Home Farm, organic and fresh.

For details about Orchard Tea Room, check here

Estate Souvenir's Shop - The shop offers an extensive collection of artisan products, home and gardening tools and garden ware, selection of Prince Charles's artworks and selections of pieces exclusively designed for Highgrove.

Sustainability is the framework of Highgrove, all products are environmental-friendly and organic. The shop also sells organic food and preserves. Highgrove Estate has online shop.

How To Get There?

Highgrove is located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. There's no public transport going to Highgrove estate. For details how to go to Highgrove from England, check Direction going to Highgrove

Aerial view of Highgrove 

Plan a Visit 

Highgrove offers guided tour packages and will reopen its doors to travelers next year, 2021, starting Spring. 

The onslaught of coronavirus continues to devastate almost all nations in the world, everything is not yet back to normal and travel restrictions are still put in place. 

Best Time To Visit Highgrove 

To make the most of your Highgrove visit. Book a trip at Springtime - April to May, and Autumn season - September to October. It's where Highgrove gardens are at its loveliest and most gorgeous due to the brilliant colors of blooms that highlight the season. 

Bookings at Highgrove will be announced at its website (check below link).

READ RELATED STORY: Prince Charles at Highgrove, and see the beautiful gardens 

For more information about visiting Highgrove, visit its official website: Highgrove Gardens

Friday, May 29, 2015

Travel Bucket List: Discover the historic state of Baden-Württemberg

May 29, 2015 0
Beautiful landscape, majestic Alps, densely-wooded hills, historical towns with artistically restored buildings, old imperial cities, ancient fortresses and medieval architecture. Everything a travel buff dreams to explore in a foreign country is provided with the state of Baden-Württemberg. With its numerous castles still stood imposing on rugged hills, rich cultural heritage and historic districts, traveling to Baden-Württemberg is almost like a fantasy. It offers an interesting peek to Germany’s glorious imperialism days. So whether you are an adventure junkie, a culture bum or just love the city life, Baden-Württemberg has so much to offer.

Why Choose Baden-Württemberg of all German states?

It offers a striking balance between an urban living and a country life escape, its topography provides a contrasting effect on the new world and hinterland wonders. With its land area of more than 35,000 square kilometers the state is immensely wide to cover all the amusement, diversions and thrill anticipated by travelers.

Historic State!

Historically, Baden and Württemberg formed parts of the Holy Roman Empire in the middle ages. In 1806 after the defeat of the last Holy Roman Emperor, Francis II, the father of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, Napoleon Bonaparte abolished the empire, he then elevated Baden into a status of a grand duchy and Württemberg into a kingdom. 

When Germany was defeated in World War I, all German princely states, grand duchies and tiny kingdoms, including Württemberg and Bavaria, were dissolved. Eventually, Baden and Württemberg joined the Federal Republic of Germany and In 1951, after the merging of the states of South Baden, Württemberg-Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern, the state of Baden-Württemberg was formally created.

Today, Baden-Württemberg is one of the wealthiest states in Germany and boasts an economic powerhouse status that partly flows from its flourishing automobile industry. Located in the southwest and east of the Upper Rhine, bordering France and Switzerland through Lake Constance, the state straddles on the bank of the Neckar River cuddled by Alps and Rhine Valley.

Baden-Württemberg is known as the “Nine Stars of the Southwestern Germany” due to its thriving economy, cultural attractions, classical architecture, royal fortresses, scenic beauty of nature, festivals and shopping centers. It became one of the most visited states in Germany attracting more than 300,000 tourists annually. Its major draw remains to be the Black Forest and ancient royal fortresses. The state is divided into 35 districts and nine cities. Stuttgart is the capital.



Ulm is an urban district along the Tübingen region of Baden-Württemberg. It runs through Danube river, the longest river in Europe. It is an important cultural and economic hub of the Upper Württemberg. A classical German city that typically embodies the Swabian characteristic, it  boasts medieval architecture, historic old quarters and local German cuisine that suits everyone’s palates.

Ulm is famous for two things: Being home to the tallest church steeple in the world, Ulm Minster, and as the birthplace of Physicist, Albert Einstein where a bizarre-looking fountain, with his tongue stuck out naughtily, was erected in 1984 in his memory. Einstein was born in Ulm in 1879 but in 1880 his family moved to Munich where his father established an electrical equipment company. Einstein spent most of his teenage years in Munich. He renounced his German citizenship in 1896 to avoid a compulsory military service.

Top Things To Do in Ulm Recommended by Travel Guide Experts

1. View the Majestic Steeple of Ulm Minster 

This is Germany’s largest Gothic church after Cologne cathedral and features a spire touted as the tallest in the world rising 162 meters high. With its imposing tower, the Minster dominates the skyline of Ulm and provides a panoramic view of the city. It has 768 steps. Contrary to many belief, Ulm Minster is not a cathedral as it has never been the seat of an archbishop. Formerly a Roman Catholic church, Minster is now a Protestant church since Ulm converted to Lutheran in the 16th century. Address: Münsterplatz 1, 89073 Ulm. Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:45pm. Admission fee: €4.00.

2. Take a walk around the old and historic quarter of Fishermen’s and Tanner

Stepping back in time to a quiet picturesque village where medieval timbered houses and classic food destinations still thrived. This cozy old town is located on the mouth of the River Blau. Its main attraction is the Leaning House, a 14th century timber framed home which leans over the river and chocked by ancient beams.

It has numerous bridges and restaurants and the atmosphere is cool according to travelers who already visited this place. Fishermen’s and Tanner Quarter is best to be explored by foot to enjoy the relaxing ambiance and see the beauty of the old town. Address: Schworhausgass 6,89073 Ulm. Admission is free.

4. Sample local cuisine and Dining outdoor with a picturesque view of Danube river

For food lovers who want to sample the sumptuous local cuisine, Ulm has a wide array of must-try restaurants and bistros which offer gratifying meals that suit everyone's palates.

·       Zur Forelle Restaurant - For local cuisine, travel guide experts recommend Zur Forelle located in the heart of the beautiful district of Fishermen’s and Tanner quarter. It has flares of hearty German cuisine and a good start to experience an authentic Baden-Württemberg food indulgences. Address: Fischergasse 25, 89073 Ulm, Germany Phone:+49 731 63924 Opens Monday to Sunday 11am to 3pm, 5pm to midnight.
·         Hemperium – Restaurant and bar. It serves various meals made from male hemp plant. Food is generally good according to travel guide experts. Address: Zinglerstraße 1, phone: +49 731 30200.
·         Kornhäusle – A cozy restaurant that specializes in crepes and pancakes. Address: Kornhausgasse 8, phone: +49 731 1517311.
·         ChocletA café style meal with hot and cold drinks menu. Choclet has a beautiful terrace where diners have an option to occupy the outdoor to get a perfect view of the Danube river. Address: Herdbruckerstraße 14, Ulm, phone: +49 731 9608213.
·         Tagblatt – If you are looking for good salad meals. Tagblatt is situated near the Danube river and open until midnight. Address: Insel 1, Neu-Ulm, phone: +49 731 74678.

5. Stroll around the Town Halls (Rathaus) and see its red brick walls

The 15th century town halls were built around Danube river as a defensive fortress against invaders. The town halls were in red brick and can be best explored by foot. It is just around the old quarter of the Fishermen and Tanners and Ulm Minster. Cafes and restaurants lined up in nearby areas. Admission is free.

6. Snap memories at the Einstein Fountain

Take a walk in Zeughaus where an amusing bizarre-looking sculpture of Albert Einstein (where his tongue stuck out naughtily) can be found. This serves as a memorial to the world-famous Theoretical Physicist. Einstein was born in Ulm on March 14, 1879 but he grew up in Munich when his family moved there in 1880. His father founded a company that sold electrical equipment. In 1894, he closed his company and moved with his family in Italy. Einstein followed in December that year but was sent to Switzerland to continue his education. Einstein renounced his German citizenship in 1896 to avoid serving in the military.

However, despite renouncing his German citizenship, Einstein was honored and remembered in his birth place in Ulm. A cast bronze sculpture was erected in his memory on the grounds of the historical arsenal, in front of the 16th century Zeughaus. It was created by Jürgen Goertz. The sculpture consists of three elements: the rocket body that represents technology, a large snail’s shell sits on the rostrum to represent nature, wisdom and skepticism towards man controlling technology. Einstein’s head and his tongue emerge from the snail’s shell. Location: Zeughaus, Ulm. Admission is free.

5.  Visit the Bread Museum - If you love bread and want to discover and, perhaps, learn from its history and foundation, The German Bread Museum offers an interesting overview into the history of bread and baking. It has an exhibit of growing grains and harvesting of crops, the bread’s impact on culture and its social implications. The museum has a wide collection of bread by themes. Address: Salzstadelgasse 10, 89073 Ulm. A museum pass can be bought by €12 and valid for 12 months. This pass will allow travelers to visit Weishaupt Gallery, Ulm Museum, Museum of Bread Culture, Danube Swabian Museum, Edwin Scharff Museum, Museum at Wiblingen Monastery and Rococco library, Natural History Education Centre, and Childrens Museum Neu-Ulm.

6. Wander around the Oath House

Rising above the old town center of Ulm is the Oath House which stood on what could have been the old King’s Palace. It is one of the most important buildings in Ulm and has an interesting tradition of “Oath Monday” every first Monday of July where the Lord’s Mayor gives his account of the previous year’s events. This year, Oath Monday falls on the 20th of July, 2015. The day will also be marked with special celebrations. Nearby attractions include Christopher Fountain and history museum. Address: Schworhaus, Weinhof 12, 89073 Ulm. Admission fee: Free

7. Escape to nature and visit Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Maintained by the University of Ulm, this botanical garden spreads on 28 hectares of land, it has green houses, beautiful gardens, pond, cottage garden and meadows.  It is located in Hans-Krebs-Weg, Ulm and open to public on weekdays. Admission is free


How to Get to Ulm?

1. By Train

The railway station is located within the town center near Ulm Minster. Ulm is closer to Baden-Wurttemberg’s capital, Stuttgart, just an hour ride, than to Munich, which is almost 2 hours travel according to online sources. Special train tickets called Lander-Tickets can be bought when you are traveling around Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria. Rates: €22 for one person and €38 for five persons.

2. By Plane

Take ICE or IC train to get to Ulm if you are coming from any of the following airports:

a. Stuttgart Airport – Only 90 km from Ulm and about one hour travel by train.

b. Munich International Airport – 150 km from Ulm or about two to three hours by train. The airport has an S-Bahn station that connects to other Munich train stations.

c. Friedrichshafen Airport – also known as Bodensee Airport, about two hours ride by train.

3. By Car

Ulm is near the intersection of the A7 and A8 autobahns.

Getting Around in Ulm

There are buses around Ulm and sightseeing boats on the River Danube. The town center and the historic Old Quarter can be best explored by foot.

Where to Stay?

  • Hotel Schiefes Haus - One of the most recommended hotels in Ulm, elegant hotel and a little expensive. Address: Schwörhausgasse 6, Ulm. Phone: 49 731 96793-0
  • Münster Hotel - Located just within Ulm Minster. Address: Münsterplatz 14. Phone: +49 731 64162


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