Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (Berlin Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum)
Covering over 125 acres in the southwestern part of the city, the Berlin Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten Berlin) is the second largest in the world, with more than 22,000 species of plants including carnivorous plants, cacti, and orchids. The grounds also house greenhouses and the Berlin Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum Berlin).
What started as a kitchen garden in the late 1600s eventually grew into a world-class public garden. The Berlin Botanical Garden was officially inaugurated in 1879 to study the discipline of botany. Today the garden includes 15 greenhouses filled with plants from various regions around the world including African succulents and species from South Africa and Australia.
Visitors can tour the garden’s 11 different sections and the museum independently. Admission to the Berlin Botanical Garden is included with the Berlin Pass, which also covers such city highlights as Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, and the Pergamon Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Berlin Botanical Garden is a must for those fond of plants and flowers.
Guided tours are available for a fee and are offered in English and German.
Most of the gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and those with limited mobility, and a few wheelchairs are available at the entrance.
How to Get There
The Berlin Botanical Garden is located at Königin-Luise-Strasse 6–8 in the Dahlem neighborhood. To get there by public transit, take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Rathaus Steglitz and walk 15 minutes, or take the M48 bus to Botanischer Garten.
When to Get There
The Berlin Botanical Garden and Berlin Botanical Museum are both open daily. Particularly good times to visit the gardens include the spring, when many of the plants are in bloom and crowds are thinner, and the summer, when the gardens host a number of concerts. In November and December, the gardens are festively illuminated and contain 30 lighted scenes along a 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) path during the popular Christmas Garden Berlin.
The World in a Garden
The Berlin Botanical Garden sets out to bring ecosystems and plant species from all over the world together in one place. Here you’ll find plants from every corner of the earth, even those that would easily perish in the harsh Berlin weather. In the greenhouses, visitors can see delicate orchids, giant lily pads, and even magnified structures of species that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
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