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The World’s 15 Most Unforgettable Royal Gardens

Versailles is just the beginning.

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Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, Germany

The intricate gardens at Harrenhausen Palace in Hannover, Germany, are just the beginning. The gardens also boast glasshouses with exotic plants, and a 300-year-old path lined with linden trees. Want some beauty in your own backyard? Find out how to grow a butterfly garden.

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Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

King Christian IV built the first Frederiksborg Castle in the 17th century. But when it burnt down in the 1800s, J. C. Jacobsen (who also happens to own Carlsberg Breweries) rebuilt the palace. Now it’s home to the Museum of National History, and visitors can stroll through the baroque-style garden, which was rebuilt to look just like its original plans form 1725. Don’t miss these landscape architects’ secrets for creating a lovely yard of your own.

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Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace near London are brimming with bright flowers and impressive statues. But the garden has another claim to fame: It’s home to the oldest hedge maze in the world. Don’t miss these other photos of spectacular fountains from around the world.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

La Granja de San ildefonso, Spain

The multicolored marble steps of the Cascade Fountain feature 11 stunning waterworks. Check out these other places that look like they belong in fairy tales.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Tokyo Imperial Park, Japan

With 30 different species of trees throughout the park, here gardeners use Japanese-style pruning to sculpt these garden trees, creating empty spaces that allow decorate elements to peek through.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Chantilly, France

What began as a French formal garden has been transformed over time and history to incorporate Anglo-Chinese and English-Romantic styles; architects who have had their hands on the plans included Victor Dubois, who designed the English-style section after the French revolution. Pictured here is the Île d’Amour and its gazebo sheltering a statue of Eros. Channel the country’s beauty from home with these French girl beauty tips.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Palace of Versailles, France

One of the most infamous gardens in the world belonged to Louis XIV, who believed an exquisite garden was of the utmost importance. This section is known as the Enceladus Grove. If you don’t know how to say “Versailles,” check out these commonly mispronounced place names.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Belguim

Part of this gorgeous glass palace, inspired by King Leopold II, is the Congo Greenhouse. It’s open to the lucky public two weeks of the year.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Badia A Coltibuono, Italy

The idyllic nature of this Italian oasis dates back to 1051, when monks first built the abbey. Today, the garden acts as a place for resting and meditation. If you can’t make it all the way to Italy, try these meditation tips from home.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Fredensborg Palace, Denmark

This stylish palace first belonged to King Frederick IV in 1719, but has since been converted into a spring and fall residence for Queen Margrethe and the Prince Consort Henrik. Versailles gardens were the original inspiration for architect Johan Cornelius Krieger.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Drottningholm Palace, Sweden

Taking his cue from French formal gardens, in 1662 architect Nicodemus Tessin placed the fountain of Hercules by Adriaen de Vries in the center of the parterre.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan

Water conservation is extremely important in this 445-acre garden, due to the area’s dry conditions. Princess Basma, a Time magazine “Hero for the Planet” honoree, continues to strive for public awareness of flora species conservation. Find out how to protect your own garden from extreme weather.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

The Royal Palaces of Fez and Rabat, Morocco

Adorned with fruit trees, canals, and fountains, this Moroccan oasis in Prince Moulay Rachid’s riad in the Royal Palace of Fez provides a serene escape.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

This majestic palace, offered as a gift in the 1700s to the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, by the Queen of England, boasts several flower gardens, an enclosed vegetable garden, a landscaped park, multiple water terraces, and adorned fountains. When you visit, be sure to use these etiquette rules the royal family follows.

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Photo by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Peterhof, Russia

Although it was completely destroyed during World War II, this grand garden, designed by Peter the Great, was fully restored to its original beauty. Here, a statue of Neptune sits on the terrace of the Monplaisir Palace. If you can’t make it all the way to Russia, channel Neptune at the best U.S. island vacation spots.

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Royal Gardens: Extraordinary Edens from Around the World

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.