Literally flourishing since the reign of Louis XIV, these sprawling, pristine green spaces are worth traveling for
Gardens in Europe have evolved over centuries, spanning from monasteries where monks carefully their specifically-chosen blossoms, to castles with demure shrubs and roses. The idea of elaborate castle gardens flourished during Louis XIV in mid-17th-century Europe, when elaborate parterres and large-scale design were envisioned and encouraged. Louis XIV, too, was one of the first to fuse the grandeur of castle architecture, landscape, and interior design. Here are some of the most beautiful European castles with equally stunning gardens.