The Botanical Garden in Berlin is the largest and most beautiful botanical garden in Germany. There is a lot to see. A huge outdoor area with plants from all over the world, plus large greenhouses with mostly tropical and subtropical plants, as well as an interesting museum.
The grounds are almost half a square kilometre in size. You can walk through the Berlin Botanical Garden on hundreds of paths, and there are different plants to discover everywhere. The back areas are not too busy even on days with many visitors. The garden is simply so big that the visitors spread.
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A highlight of the Botanical Garden Berlin are undoubtedly the large greenhouses. Here are the plants from warm countries. The highlight is the large tropical house, here you feel like you are in a tropical jungle.
Especially in winter, it’s an experience, almost like a long-distance trip. But we also liked other halls, such as the exhibition with the cacti. Also interesting are the show houses with large ferns, tropical useful plants, orchids and much more.
In the huge open space, the arboretum (many different trees) is worth seeing. We also liked the lakes and ponds in the Berlin Botanical Garden and the aquatic plants. In total, there are over 20,000 different plants, only 2 or 3 botanical gardens in the world have more. For nature lovers, a visit to the Botanical Garden is certainly a highlight of a trip to Berlin.
The ticket also includes a visit to the Botanical Museum (part of the complex). We liked the exhibitions on mushrooms and ornamental plants in the museum.
A botanical garden should ideally be visited in spring or summer. However, a visit to the large, always tropically warm, show houses is an experience especially in winter.
Many thousands of plants in Berlin’s Botanic Garden are marked with signs.
Admission prices Botanical Garden Berlin
Admission costs 6 euros for adults. There is a reduction for schoolchildren, students, the unemployed and other groups (3 euros). Children under 6 pay no admission. For such a great attraction, we think: The entrance fee to the Botanical Garden is reasonable! There are also family tickets for up to 4 children for 12 euros.
Opening hours Botanic Garden Berlin
The grounds are open daily from 9 am to 8 pm (the greenhouses close at 7 pm). Only on Christmas Eve (24.12.) is it closed, as far as we know. Of course, a visit in good weather is advantageous, especially if you want to take great photos.
Gastronomy Botanic Garden Berlin
There is a restaurant, a café and a cafeteria on the premises. If you need to save money, you can bring your own drinks. Prices in the garden are slightly higher than in the surrounding area.
Directions to the Botanical Garden Berlin
The large garden complex is located in the south-west of Berlin. There are two entrances, both accessible by public transport. There is no underground station directly at either entrance. Nearby is the station of the S-Bahn Berlin called “Botanischer Garten” (a good 10 min walk). From the underground station “Rathaus Steglitz” you can walk or take a frequent bus (number M 48). Bus X 83 goes to the other entrance, for example from the underground station “Dahlem Dorf”.
By car, it is better to take the entrance “Königin-Luise-Platz”. You are more likely to find a parking space here than at the entrance “Unter den Eichen”. The Botanical Museum is at the entrance Königin-Luise-Platz. As far as we know, the entrance “Unter den Eichen” is suitable for disabled people.
Around the Botanical Garden is a well-bourgeois residential area with many villas and embassies.