Berlin’s Botanic Garden & Botanical Museum was my favorite place we visited during our time in Germany’s capital city. I simply adore visiting public gardens, because I believe they are tremendously important when it comes to not only fostering a sense of responsibility and loving stewardship over the Earth, but they also serve to increase the biodiversity of the areas they occupy, and they inspire a deeper appreciation of nature in urban areas. The Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum does all of these things and more, plus it’s home to more than 20,000 stunning varieties of flowering plants and flowers that are sincerely breathtaking, as well as an impressive glasshouse inspired by Germany’s more than 20,000 beautiful castles.
Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Location: Berlin, Germany
14195 Berlin, Germany
Admission: €6 per Adult Ticket
Hours: See hours here
Parking: Off site at garden entrance
Handicap Accessible: Mostly
The Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum was easily accessible, and well demarcated with signs in mostly German, but one in English around the corner from the gardens. To purchase tickets, head to the front entrance, where the attendants speak German, English and several other languages. If you have a student ID card from anywhere in the world, you are eligible for a half priced ticket (€3 instead of €6). I recommend grabbing a map in your language so that you can be aware of what’s around you, and learn the names of the buildings, as well as what purpose they serve. Maps can be recycled at the exit of the gardens, so try to keep them nice so that others may use them too.
Unlike most botanical gardens in the world, the Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum is meant to represent different regions of the world, from the Caucus Mountains to Asia and back to the Swiss Alps. You can “visit” different parts of the world by exploring the different greenhouses and gardens, like a botanical theme park. We went straight to the famous castle shaped greenhouse, which was filled with plants from the Mediterranean, most of which were in full bloom.
As shown above, this massive koi pond which features two waterfalls and a stepping stone walk way for visitors to get up close and personal with the beautiful fish, was one of my favorite parts of our time at the gardens. We spent about 6 hours here wandering the grounds and the greenhouses, but we certainly could have spent much longer if we’d had the time. If you’re a fan of glasshouses, exotic plants, waterfalls, and incredible landscaping as I am, plan to spend a full day here.
If you do elect to spend a full day at the Berlin Botanic Garden & Botanical Museum, they have a café on site, and guests are welcome to bring food as well. Like anywhere, be mindful to take out whatever you bring in and not to litter. This park is truly stunning, and they have so many events and new flower exhibits that it rarely looks the same way twice. During our visit, they had a tulip show happening, where tulip varieties from around Europe and the Middle East were on display and it was positively breathtaking. I believe there was something like 450 varieties and custom hybrids on display from around the world.
The on-site Museum of Botanicals is the only one of its kind in Europe and is worth a visit for anyone with a green thumb, or interest in ecology. The displays show fossils from around Europe of plants that. are no longer easy to find, as well as incredible displays of microscopic plant life made larger than life. It’s a fantastic way to learn about the natural world around us. If you have the opportunity to visit this incredible work of nature-meets-art, I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I hope this helps you plan your perfect trip to Berlin!
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