I love a lot of things…castles, cakes, shoes and don’t forget the Christmas Markets!  Over the years I’ve visited quite a few markets around Europe including Germany, France and now Austria so I thought I would create a little Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and the surrounding villages after my recent visit.

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Salzburg Old Town

The big draw in Salzburg is the Christmas Market in the Old Town around Dom Square…the market is spread out however it has a lovely flow to the market so you’ll be able to browse every market stall with ease and there is a great mixture between food and decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I was a bit disappointed not to see that many Nut Crackers or Smokers like you do in Christmas Markets in Germany (and yes I know this is Austria but had made a little assumption in my mind which was obviously wrong)...I did spot a few here and there however they weren’t that expensive which made me think they weren’t made locally.  If you want to buy traditional Christmas Decorations then pick up the item to see if you can spot a sticker or ask the shop keeper if they were made in Europe.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip:  Use your feet…most of the old town is a pedestrian area only and you will stumble upon numerous Christmas Shops and the Advent Markets which are dotted around the city…make sure you wander down all the little alleyways as you will find plenty of cosy cafes and little pop up shops selling Christmas decorations.

Gluten Free Tips: Head over across the bridge to Hotel Sacher for a piece of gluten free cake…on the day we visited they had two options.  If you follow a vegan diet there are plenty of options dotted around the Salzburg Christmas market.

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Sternadvent mit Wintermarkt

As I said above you really need to pop down the little alleyways along 

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel tip – Highly recommend Mozartwinkel for a place to stop for a cuppa and just watch the crowds pass by – address is Universitätspl. 15; right by a cute little market stall.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

There is a small Advent Market just beside the Mirabell Palace and Gardens (on the main road close by the Congress building); this is mainly a locals Advent Market and it’s where they pick up their gorgeous wreaths, chug back a few mulled wines and whatever is cooking…our concierge at the Crowne Plaza said that they offered the best Mulled Wine in Salzburg at the Mirabell Gardens Christmas Market.

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Schloss Hellbrunn

Now while the Palace isn’t open for a sticky beak, there is a rather beautiful Christmas Market in the grounds…you can visit the markets and tick off visiting the glass gazebo from the Sound of Music all in one go.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I loved the surroundings of this markets…and I felt rather festive after visiting Schloss Hellbrunn…Schloss means Palace just so you know.  Personally I thought the quality and selection of goods were a lot better here than the main Christmas Market in Dom Square …and price wise it was cheaper than the main market.

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Visit the Old Town market first then head to Schloss Hellbrunn…best way is to compare prices however if you see something at Schloss Hellbrunn then buy it when you see it as it’s a little way out of town.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: catch the Number 25 bus…buy tickets on the bus (2.60 euros each way…or it could be 2.80…my brain is pants) or they are cheaper again if you buy from a newsagent prior to boarding…buses run every 20 minutes during week days and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes .  The bus will show the stop on a tv screen so you will know when you’re approaching Schloss Hellbrunn.

Gluten Free Tip: I did spot one or two gluten free snacks…chocolate covered fruit and a slice.

Department Stores

I usually love to look at department stores especially if they are old school department stores as they normally stock lovely Christmas decorations however Salzburg didn’t seem to have any…or the concierge and I were not on the same wave length (more than likely…Lidl kept coming up when I was trying to describe I wanted more of a Liberty style department store than a Lidl supermarket!)…but I did find a couple of shops that may be of interest for you.

Depot Salzburg – Linzer Gasse 17-19

Depot had some rather cheap Christmas decorations upstairs…depending on your favourite colour scheme etc…I bought a couple of things including some funky ribbons.  The quality isn’t great so you definitely get what you are paying for here…choose wisely.

Gehmacher Salzburg – Alter Markt 2

Now I love love love this interiors and clothing shop…I could basically move in and I held myself back from buying a few things that I really really needed like a Reindeer Coat hook…he looked a bit evil holding his gun but my goodness I fancied the socks off him.  I did buy some of the most gorgeous large red glass baubles from this store…at 7 euros a pop they were pretty damn expensive however the quality was exquisite and I’ve never seen them anywhere else.  I tried to buy quality glass ornaments when I’m travelling as they become your family Christmas heirlooms.

Salzburg is a really compact city; you will stumble across every market if you’re visiting for a weekend…you will need to catch the bus or grab a taxi to Schloss Hellbrunn as it’s not walkable.

A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg’s Surrounding Villages

We (the royal we…G drove!) rented a car and drove down a section of Austria’s Romantic Road which is rather pretty…I didn’t have too much of a fixed plan bar one little town in particular which didn’t turn out to be the one I really loved the most.

St Gilgen Advent Market

This was a last minute stop that I added onto our itinerary as we were leaving the airport car park with the rental car and oh my goodness, it was my favourite…it resembled something out of a little fairytale.

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The village has designed these large candles made out of fibreglass and had them made in Austria…they are dotted all around the town, on street lamps and in window boxes and you can buy them from a few of the little stores dotted around the town…I loved them so much that I bought two to take home with me.

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Just need G to make me some shutters and window boxes now…G called me high maintenance…as if <coughs> I’m totally high maintenance but can get ready for a black tie event in less than 10 minutes!

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While there were a number of stores selling hats and socks, there were a number of cute stores selling Christmas decorations that were truly wonderful and which we hadn’t spotted in Salzburg (stalls can start to become repetitive…the same hats and socks etc).

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Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: we had a hire car and there are a few car parks…park up on the main road and walk down, it’s totally worth a wander through St Gilgen.

Gluten Free Tip: We stumbled upon a little cake shop, Cafe Eissalon Dallmann (Mozartplatz 2a 5340, St Gilgen, Austria)…well I wanted a hot chocolate as I had lost feeling in my finger tips and a large meringue with cream jumped straight into my mouth…don’t you hate it when things like that happen when on holiday!

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St Wolfgang Advent Market

Now this was the place that I really wanted to visit as their Christmas Market is known as the best Advent Market in Austria and St Wolfgang is known as the most romantic spot in all of Austria…if you’re a foodie you will love this market a lot…there are a lot and I mean a lot of food stores compared to Christmas decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

The star attraction are the buildings of course which are beautifully painted however I found the market to be a bit hit and miss…maybe I had hit one to many Christmas markets…who knows.

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Travel Tips: Park the car and walk to the length of the Christmas Market…you can enjoy a boat trip which runs between three villages on Lake Wolfgangsee or a festive trip on the Cog Railway for views over St Wolfgang (we were going to do this however temperatures had plummeted…try -11 degrees hence my chestnuts were frozen solid!)

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Gluten Free Tips: I didn’t spot anything in the markets themselves and we were full from our previous stop but there are many eating establishments here.

Hallstatt Advent Market

We hit Hallstatt really early on a Saturday morning; we were warned to arrive prior to 10am as it gets packed…it’s insta-famous you see.  Now we were told that the market was open for 10am however we didn’t see much life to it; I think we were a bit too early.

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It’s very pretty under a blanket of snow and there are a few shops selling festive decorations…just be wary that it is very touristy with signs on houses asking you not to take photos of their house…sad but very true.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip – Parking around Hallstatt is a bit of a nightmare, you basically need to park in one of the outer village car parks and they run shuttle buses into the village…get there early to avoid the crowds however this may impact on how many stores are actually open

Berchtesgaden Christmas Market

We crossed the border and headed to the Christmas Market in Berchtesgaden; it’s a area of natural beauty and favoured by walkers during the warmer months.  Berchtesgaden has a Christmas Market which is rather small to be honest…the stalls were very similar to what was on offer in Salzburg and the surrounding towns and villages.

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They do have some fantastic wooden displays in Berchtesgaden though which caught my eye and there is a lovely florist selling Christmas decorations…I left some reindeer behind in Germany…honestly reading personal finance books have curbed my spending a lot!

Travel Tip – there is an underground car park right by the Christmas Market…highly recommend staying at the Kempinski Berchtesgaden for the views and spa alone…while we didn’t stay on this visit we have stayed at this property when it was under the Intercontinental branding and loved it…they offer a spa day pass which is good value for money as it’s a bit pricey to stay now.

Let me know if this Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg has helped you out…and if you do visit and have any further tips why not drop them down in the comments box below for others to read…sharing is caring folks!

Travel Tips for Salzburg, Austria

  • The Old Town is almost a total pedestrian zone so make sure you have comfortable shoes; the city is small and very walkable
  • During the winter months, a number of the attractions are closed so if you are offered the Salzburg Visitors card be wary of what is actually open and if you’re going to get value out of the card…it does offer free transportation.
  • Most of the stall holders only accept cash so make sure you are carrying euros; you will find atm machines in most markets
  • We hired a rental car from the airport for a few days to visit some of the outlying villages and towns – this was as a good idea for us as it meant we had flexibility on to where we visited plus it was cheaper as there were three of us rather than booking tours
  • Viator is offering a Christmas Market tour to some of the villages close to Salzburg if you don’t fancy driving.
  • A taxi costs no more than 15 euros from the airport to the Salzburg Old Town area
  • Check out my packing tips on what to wear to the Christmas Markets in Europe…I’ve visited a few so I now know a few tricks not to freeze by bottom off
  • If you’re visiting a number of Christmas Markets across Europe then make sure you check out my handy travel tip post for the Christmas Markets.

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I’ve become a bit of a veteran to visiting these beautiful things that we call the European Christmas markets, so I decided that I should do a little write up on what to wear to the Christmas markets as I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I once did!  After many trips I can safely say there are a few tricks to keep nice and toasty rather than freezing your reindeer balls off!

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Grab a Down Jacket 

Last year, prior to our trip to Peru I purchased this Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket as I was going to do a trek to the Rainbow Mountains and I needed something that was light but also would keep me snug as a bug in a rug!  I’ve now worn this jacket to Moscow and also to the Salzburg Christmas Markets and I can say with my hand on my heart that I didn’t get a chill once – buy a quality made down jacket that covers your kidneys and peachy bottom and you won’t have a problem.  The reason why I purchased Rab was due to the fact that they have a good reputation for quality and how they source their down (you can find out more on their website)…not all companies do this however Rab and Berghaus do…let’s all try to buy items that are a bit more ethically sourced if we can.

How good is this Rab jacket…my mum wanted to pinch it and fly home to New Zealand with it…I nabbed it off her just as she was about to take off on her broomstick (one day I will post photos of mum on her broomstick to the blog so we can have a giggle)!

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^^me modelling all my what to wear to the christmas market tips in one photo.

Layer your Clothes

Make sure you layer your clothing; it’s better to be too hot than too cold especially when you’re far far far away from your hotel and requiring a hot bath to warm up!  For layers I always look at buying Merino Wool clothing as it’s good at keeping you warm or cool depending on the temperature.  Two New Zealand brands that I love are IceBreaker and MacPac…I actually prefer MacPac due to my height; if you’re tall like me then you understand that finding tops that are long enough can be a problem…I have a rather long torso…I find MacPac are better at this than Ice Breaker.

I bought a few Rab tops recently and I used them as part of my layering technique when I was in Austria and they were fantastic.  Really digging Rab, can you tell.

Make sure you buy Wool

I know some people are allergic to wool however wool has changed so much over the past few years…merino wool is amazing and doesn’t scratch if you have sensitive skin which I do have.  When packing your bags make sure your clothes have an element of wool in them…as this is what is going to keep you warm.  I get really annoyed with the ladies in the office that wear jumpers without an element of wool in them and complain that it’s to cold…it’s worth the money to buy something that will keep you warm at the Christmas markets.

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^^I’m guessing she is regretting not buying more wool clothing!

Love a Hoody

Now I understand why hoodies love hoodies…they keep your bloody warm!  I purchased this Rab hoody and it worked better for me than a scarf and beanie as it keeps your neck really warm as there isn’t any skin exposed.

Boot Love

I bought some Sorel winter boots and I can say these giant thumpers were amazing…I normally can get away with wearing a thicker pair of socks (mum sends me icebreaker socks which are amazing and don’t slip down!) and chuck on my Russell & Bromley Chelsea Boots (great for wide feet as well!)….Chelsea Boots or any style boots are great looking however if they don’t have a grip then you are going to go home with more than a few nut crackers…boys might head home with having their nuts cracked through a lovely connection with the concrete.

The Sorel boots are amazing if you’re looking for grip and warmth…grip is the most important word…you can tuck your jeans into them and they don’t look too terrible to be fair.

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Jeans

I live in jeans when I’m travelling as they are versatile however in cold climates they aren’t the warmest of clothing to be wearing…the way to get around this is to buy some leggings or tights to go underneath them…just a thin pair however if you feel the cold then I would suggest investing in a good quality pair of sexy Long Johns…check out Rab or Icebreaker

Accessories

While I loved my hoodie, I still used my beanie, scarf and fingerless gloves a few times…I take too many photos to deal with taking my hands in and out of gloves!  Make sure you pack some socks that have a wool element…honestly anything with wool will keep you warm…do I sound like a nagging old nana yet…stay away from acrylic and nylon as these wont keep you warm at all.

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Raincoat

I took my Barbour raincoat as when it rains it can really put a dampener on things…and you don’t want to have to be watching where you stick your umbrella when you could be looking at all the pretty Christmas decorations.  It’s not the most stylish but it does what it says on the tin and it keeps me covered almost down to my knees…you can buy here or here.

Luggage

When visiting the Christmas markets, my key is not to over pack and focus only on packing items that I know I will be wearing…you will need that extra space in your bags for christmas decorations.

This is my faithful packing list of what to wear to the Christmas Markets…my motto: the more quality wool products the better!

As sharing is caring…why not check out my 10 Travel Tips for Visiting the German Christmas Markets!

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Europe is full of wonderful castles and Poland isn’t an exception to this rule…have your heard about Ksiaz Castle, well let me introduce you to a castle with more tales than all of the European Castles put together.

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On our way between Katowice and Wroclaw during our Road Trip through Poland we stopped off at Ksiaz Castle and you know I’m a huge sucker for a castle.

Now it’s hard to grasp how big this castle is until you see it from different angles and my goodness she knows how to work her angles better than a Victoria Angels supermodel…entering through the gates which are pretty…

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…darn…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…gorgeous!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We had arrived during the hottest part of the day so unfortunately some of the photos aren’t that good…but hey ho…that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Purchasing tickets, we popped inside the castle for a self guided tour…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…I will be brutally honest and say the interiors aren’t that great…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…if you’re wanting to see antiques then you will be sorely disappointed.  The castle was emptied during WW2 and quite brutally remodelled.  I can imagine the interiors of Ksiaz Castle were truly magical once upon a time.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Don’t get me wrong, I did find a pretty door…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…or two to photograph…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…the castle also houses an antique shop weirdly…there are more antiques in the shop then in the rooms!

When you reach the top level of Ksiaz Castle make sure you admire the view from the windows over the grounds.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

There was a really interesting photo exhibition, the chef prior to WW2 was a keen photographer and he took photos not only of his family but also of the Princess and her children so it’s rather wonderful to see all the grandeur before it was all stripped away.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Now I promised a scandalous love affair…the Prince divorced and then remarried, the second wife divorced and then married her step son.  The Polish version of Downton Abbey…oh to be a fly on the castle wall while asking for a divorce to marry your husbands son from his first marriage!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We all popped out into the gardens…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…two…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…then three…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…number four was taking the photos from above!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

The gardens were my favourite part of Ksiaz Castle and are definitely worth the ticket price…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…unfortunately they don’t seem to turn on the fountains in the gardens any more and as Dad pointed out, it’s been a while since they were last turned on.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We sniffed a few roses in the aptly named Rose Garden…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…and may have dressed a certain lady friend…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…my “Go Big or Go Home” motto also covers hats!  The bigger the better…I picked up that beauty a few years ago in the sales for £3 at Accessorize!

There is a quote that I really love which is “Life is not measured by the numbers of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”…I had one of those moments as I arrived in the next garden so I’m going to spam you with photos…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…it truly took my breath away…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…I told you that Ksiaz Castle could work her angles…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…this lady has skills!

We continued to wander around the castle…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…poor Daddy may have had to push me up a hill as I was a bit worn out (castle hunting is exhausting!).

Grabbing a bite to eat and plenty of fluids, we went in search for the view point which is a good 10 minute walk away from the castle gates…wear comfortable shoes, pretty sandals get wrecked (I learnt this lesson the hard way…the ground is uneven and very dusty!)…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…but when you get there, the view is pretty special.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

^^Lisa and Ksiaz Castle…if you don’t know, my little sister absolutely loves Poland.

So yes, I’ve let you into one of the stories of Ksiaz Castle but not to the other two…so the Hidden Treasure, there are a number of tunnels which you can enter for a fee and apparently they think there is hidden treasure that Hilter ordered to be hidden from the Soviets.  You may remember a few years ago when the media went crazy about the gold train, well it was around Ksiaz.

And the missing Princess…well the pretty social butterfly that was Princess Daisy died in Poland and buried however fearing that the Soviet’s would do something horrible with her remains due to her being buried with a famous pearl necklace, her body was exhumed and reburied…apparently only her family knows where.

I’m pretty sure Ksiaz Castle will pop up in the news in the future…I’m a firm believer, where there is a rumour then there is gold and just imagine what hidden treasure could be hiding in these tunnels!  You only have to read the story of the guy selling off stolen artworks from WW2 a few years ago to realise that you can never say never.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Did I love Ksaiz Castle; she is absolutely glorious outside but a bit bland inside however that is due to the history of the property.  I’m still glad we visited.

Travel Tips for Ksiaz Castle

  • Looking for more visitor information on Ksiaz Castle then check out the official website here.
  • If arriving by car, there is a main car park however this is generally full by mid afternoon and you will have to walk up the long driveway as you will need to park at an alternative car park.
  • You need cash to pay for parking!
  • There are a couple of restaurants at the gate offering meals, ice creams and drinks and a hotel if you fancy staying the night at the castle 
  • The price of entrance is 34 zloty (around £7.50pp) – if paying by credit card they don’t accept American Express; to be honest most of Poland doesn’t accept American Express so make sure you have an alternative with you or pay by cash.
  • Day Tours from Wroclaw are available or you can catch the train and then a bus to Ksiaz Castle
  • Take comfortable walking shoes…you will cover a lot of ground especially if you are walking to / from the alternative car parks and there are a number of stairs to hike up as well inside the castle.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

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With Christmas just around the corner…trust me…you’ll blink and it’ll be Christmas Day in just a few seconds, I thought I would put together a little listing of Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers, the 2017 edition.  Catherine wrote a post a while back about promoting products that we love so I wanted to share companies that I love and products that I use in this Christmas Gift Guide plus one thing I do fancy buying myself in the near future.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers: 2017 Edition - looking for gifts for hard to buy for family members then this gift guide will offer some practical little tips!

2018 Bon Voyage Calendar

Who loves retro inspired prints…well this Bon Voyage Calendar is just perfect.  I picked up one in Washington DC last year for 2017 and it sits in my shoe room so I’ll definitely be purchasing this desk calendar for 2018 as it makes me smile every time I spot it each morning as I pick out my shoes for the day!

Tea + Kate £18 (UK Link and supporting an independent business!) or The Paper Parlour £15.50/ Anthropologie $18 (US Link)

Paravel Stowaway Suitcase

When I bought myself my Briggs & Riley Suitcase last year, I vowed that I never had to buy another piece of luggage as it had a lifetime guarantee against every kind of damage (even the type of damage poor Riley sustained on Santorini).  Then I spotted the Paravel Stowaway Suitcase while watching a J Crew packing video a few months back and was like wow…it folds down for storage so it’s not bulky and if you’re like me and do a spot of shopping while on holiday (I like to call this supporting the local economy) it would solve a few packing problems.  It would fit nicely inside my larger suitcase as it lies flat and then I could whip it out when required.  Paravel have 15% off at present…check out the JCrew video as it’s rather nifty…I’m saving up for one.

Paravel Website US$345 (ships internationally)

Leather Passport Cover

I’ve had my Aspinal of London Red Leather Passport Cover for a few years now and it still looks brand new…considering that it’s being lost and dropped more times than I can count!  Aspinal also offer free embossing to personalise the passport cover.

Aspinal of London £55 (UK)

REN Grab & Go Travel Kit

I’m a huge fan of REN, I use it all the time!  This cute little travel kit is a perfect size to throw in your overnight bag for a City Break weekend or for a long haul flight plus they are truly wonderful on sensitive skin which I suffer from. (I have a quick shower between long haul flights while transiting airports so having my favourite products in miniature is a life saver and makes me feel slightly human again before boarding another flight…however I still end up with pores that you could park a double decker bus in…air travel isn’t glamorous!).

John Lewis £22 (UK)

National Trust Pass

A National Trust Pass is a gift that keeps giving all year round!  I’m a huge fan of the National Trust, there are so many properties to discover within the UK.  You can check out some of the beautiful properties I’ve visited here but this is pretty much a perfect gift for folks or families that are hard to buy for or just aren’t looking for material items this year as they have enough…give family and friends an experience so that every time they visit a property they can think of you rather than having another unwanted gift sitting at the back of a cupboard.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers: 2017 Edition - looking for gifts for hard to buy for family members then this gift guide will offer some practical little tips!

National Trust Gift Membership (Memberships start at £32.40pp) or check out these other British Heritage Passes.

OPI Nail Polish

I’m a huge fan of OPI nail polish, it’s the only brand that I use now…I’m pretty much stuck in my ways at the old age of 37.  I love OPI as they create collections based on destinations…the California Collection and Fiji Collection to name a few or you could buy my favourite OPI colour which is Big Apple Red.  The kooky names are perfect for ladies that love to travel and these bottles are great little stocking fillers.

John Lewis (UK Link) 

Olympus OM-D E-M10

I thought I would throw in the camera that I use to take most of my photos for this blog now…I was a Nikon girl before however I’m a total convert to Olympus for all my cameras now and I have to say that I do love them a lot and highly recommend them.  What I love the most about the Olympus OM-D is the size…you can fit her nicely into a handbag and she doesn’t complain (well maybe a little when covered in Dolly Mix sugar dust!)!

Olympus OM-D Mark II (the model I own) / Olympus OM-D Mark III (this model was released in August)

After reading a few books lately on decluttering and frugal living, before Christmas shopping maybe ask your loved ones what they fancy this year…rather than buying them a number of items that they will never use why not all pool together with other friends and family to buy something that they really want but have struggled to buy themselves or think about experiences that they can use during the year.

Anyway, I hope the above gave you a couple of ideas for Christmas presents…Good Luck with the shopping and a very early Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: some of the links are affiliate links meaning I may earn a little (and I mean teeny) bit of commission from the brand (not you!)…this keeps G in the lifestyle in which he has become accustomed. 

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Last year, G’s mum and I took a little road trip down to Surrey to visit RHS Wisley which are a beautiful set of gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society and basically are a must see for Garden lovers.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

We arrived super early and took to exploring with a map…if you can’t read a map, don’t fret you can get lost in the secret gardens which is what happened to us (don’t rely on my map reading skills if you need to get from A to B!)

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we smelt a flower or two while we were lost…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…which isn’t a bad thing!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

We may have sniffed a few roses…they smelt sooooo sweet in the warm summers morning…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…did a bit of bee watching…orange may be the new black however bee watching is the new people watching (there’s even a bee watching app!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and frolicked in the gardens some more, we were pretty lost.

If you’re a bit stumped on what to introduce into your garden then RHS Wisley will give your green thumbs a helping hand…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I want all of these…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

and yes, these as well…bright colours galore…I’m a big fan of bright colours can you tell…no pastels for me!

This year our garden provided a bounty of fresh vegetables which I’ve cooked, baked, pickled, stewed and frozen…we have a very full freezer which we are eating our way through…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I got a lot of inspiration from the RHS Wisley veggie patch, we used tall pots to plant our tomato plants in and then had them sitting inside tomato grow bags and I can’t recommend this way of growing tomatoes enough.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

If you want to grow tomatoes make sure you plant marigolds around them so the aphids don’t come a knocking.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^I wish my veggie patch looked this tidy!

RHS Wisley is broken up into little areas, showcasing different styles of gardening from the Rock Garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…to the calmness of the beautiful Bonsai Walk…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…just looking at that photo makes me feel calm as a clam.

We found ourselves rambling towards a rather large glasshouse in the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…full of fuchsias which are becoming rather fashionable again in the gardening game…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there were a few palms…really teeny tiny palms…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and a few prickly cacti!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

I can report that I escaped without a prickle.

I may have enjoyed a light spray from the waterfall though!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^Found the perfect spot for a shoefie…I never go exploring without a sunhat

There is also a rather interesting little display…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…as they say, every day is a school day even for this golden oldie!

We wandered through the gardens…with our noses in the air trying to sniff out some food, as a rather big kiwi bird’s tummy was a flutter with hunger pains…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…oh look pretty flowers…had to stop to photograph said pretty flowers while the tummy rumbles got louder and louder…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we stumbled into the cafe for lunch where there are a number of gluten free options, they even make gluten free sandwiches to order…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…or if you were well prepared then take a picnic and enjoy the gardens!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^Grey sky optional!

After sorting out the rumbly tummy, we were off again in search of more secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there is something special when you enter a garden that looks like it should be inside a children’s fairy tale…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…you know the ones, where you require a big sword to cut through the tangles of vines and then arrive in a beautiful garden that has had magical little gardening elves caring for it.

We sat down and just watched the world go by…had a little cry (this was a spot that G’s parents both wanted to visit and it was not long after G’s dads death that we visited…so our visit was bittersweet)…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…this is a popular area at RHS Wisley…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and oh so photogenic!

So have you visited RHS Wisley?  Are you a fan?

Travel Tips for RHS Wisley

  • Arrive early as the traffic around RHS Wisley is pretty horrendous…there is ample parking onsite.
  • There are a few cafes / restaurants dotted around the gardens which all offer gluten free options which is great news!  If you want to, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic in the gardens.
  • Take comfortable shoes as RHS Wisley is spread over 240 acres…getting lost in the gardens is a must!
  • An adult ticket to RHS Wisley is £15.40 pp with gift aid (£14 without gift aid) – RHS Members gain free entrance to the gardens (learn how to become a RHS member here).  If you buy your tickets online here there is a 10% discount offered
  • Address of RHS Wisley – Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

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