Gardens with memory, legacy of European identity, storytellers of our history.
A European journey towards understanding and caring.


The European Route of Historic Gardens is a certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. We believe this is the best way to acknowledge the historic, artistic and social value of the historic gardens. 

The Cultural Routes programme, launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, demonstrates in a visible way, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe represent a share cultural heritage.



The Cultural Routes put into practice the fundamental values of Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichments across boundaries and centuries. As of 2020, there are 40 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

Goals of the ERHG Association

The European Route of Historic Gardens (ERHG) is a non-profit association founded by the Town Corporations of Lloret de Mar (Girona) and Aranjuez (Madrid, through the Foundation Aranjuez-Cultural Landscape) and the Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism at the University of Barcelona. 


Council of Europe Cultural Route

The ERHG believes that recognition as a Council of Europe Cultural Route is the best way to acknowledge the historic, artistic and social value of the historic gardens in the member states, especially in the countries that have subscribed the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes. 


Historic Gardens and the context of COVID-19

Reflections on the role of historic gardens and adaptation to the current situation, enriching and inspiring for all of us. Articles and conferences written by some of the members of our gardens and members of our Scientific Committee.


The European Network of Historic Gardens is open to all the institutions that manage this European Heritage, as well as to all the entities that study, protect, collaborate or disseminate the values of these gardens


What is a
Historic Garden?

The 1981 Florence Charter, adopted by ICOMOS in 1982, defined a Historic Garden as “an architectural and horticultural composition of interest to the public from the historical or artistic point of view. As such, it is to be considered as a monument.


Statutes of the ERHG Association

We are an international association, open to the integration of other cities, municipalities, institutions and organizations. We want to promote dialogue and the exchange of good practices, launch pedagogical activities and promote sustainable cultural and tourist activities.


UNESCO World Heritage Gardens

UNESCO’s World Heritage List includes a total of 35 places in Europe that either are Historic Gardens or contain a historic garden within the boundaries of the designation.



Discover the gardens memebers of the European Route of Historic Gardens:


Laboratorio de  Patrimonio y Turismo Cultural de la Universitat de Barcelona

Ajuntament de Lloret de Mar


Fundación Aranjuez Paisaje Cultural



consell Mallorca


Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

The Willanow Palace Museum





Miramare Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello, Trieste



Gallerie degli Uffizi – Giardino di Boboli


Associâo Portuguesa dos Jardins Históricos






Reggia de Caserta



Parques de Sintra



Universitat de Girona Campus Patrimoni Cultural i Natural Parc Científic i Tecnològic UdG


Patronato de La Alhambra y Generalife. Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio Histórico de la Junta de Andalucía.


Herrenhaeuser Gaerten


LEPL National Agency of Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia


Universidad de Lisboa


Jacek Kuśmierski

Conservator of Historic Gardens


Nathalie Devernon

Landscape Architect


Christopher Peignart

Historic Gardens Specialist