The Botanical Garden in Munich invites you to quick getaway
Exotic Plants from All Over the World Await
Fancy a visit to a tropical climate? You’re in luck. There’s a place you can go to discover exotic plants and animals right in the heart of Munich. The Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) is in full bloom as far as the eye can see in spring and summer, with greenhouses cultivating amazing cacti and orchids all year round, plus a nice café to boot.
What’s on offer and when is a visit worthwhile?
The Botanical Garden is open all year round. Entry to the outdoor areas of the garden is free in winter. Wandering through the green paradise is like taking a journey around the world. After all, it would take weeks of travelling to see all the different kinds of plants in just a few hours: over 19,000 species and subspecies are cultivated here.
4,500 square meters of beautiful greenhouses filled with the flora normally found in humid tropical areas, scorching hot deserts and cool tropical mountain forests await.
Take a look at the 2,000 species of orchid housed at the gardens, discover bizarre aquatic plant species in 15 aquariums, or visit the Tropics House and feel like you’re on vacation for a few minutes. Breathe in the jungle air in the palm tree house or visit the large cacti house any time of year to see tiny round or large columnar cacti and agave plants. Visit landscapes in bloom all year round in the outdoor areas.
Images: Discover Native and Exotic Plants!
Outdoors: Stroll Through the Huge Garden Complex!
During the peak season in spring and summer, some 14,000 different plant species grow on the 21.20-hectare premises, from carnivorous jungle plants to native walnut trees. Naturally, you can recognize the rose garden by its scent. The arboretum is a beautiful garden of trees with hardwoods and conifers from all over the world. There are also beds with agricultural crops and medicinal plants such as fruit and vegetables, herbs, and spices.
The alpine garden west of the arboretum is a replica of a hilly, alpine landscape with a view of a large pond. It gathers alpine plants from all over the world, sorted by geographical location - and it’s not just plants that live here: You’ll encounter all kinds of birds and insects there as well. The Botanical Garden’s flowers make an important contribution to the conservation of endangered wild bees.
- Yet another beautiful garden in the neighborhood: Nymphenburg Palace
- Right next door, the Museum of Man and Nature highlight the diversity of the earth
If you are looking for places to have fun, then you can hop on a 15 minutes drive to the Olympia Park for the ongoing 2020 Summer in the City festival. There are amusement rides at Coubertinplatz and on the festival grounds in the south of Olympia Park. You can also find a ferris wheel; the world's largest portable white water ride - "Rio Rapidos"; the running shop - "Jumanji"; the Heidi The Coaster roller coaster, the Bayern Tower, the Rainbow Star children's carousel and Break Dance No. 1.
Indoors: Explore the Exciting Greenhouses!
The gardens are oriented towards the landmark-protected building of the Botanical State Institutes. The venerable house is home to the Munich State Botanical Collection and the Institute for Systematic Biology of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Plants from every region of the world are represented in the 15 greenhouses (three larger halls and twelve smaller houses). A visit to the Orchid House is a must, but the Cactus and Palm Hall has fascinating plants as well. Plenty of (selfie) photo spots can also be found at the water lily pond in the Victoriahaus. And the aquariums offer an international journey through the world of aquatic plants.
Additional Tips: Events, Exhibitions, and the Planet Path
But there’s much more to see and do in the Botanical Garden - here are a few tips:
Take part in readings, lectures, and guided tours under the guidance of biologists and botanists!
- An audio guide with 60 listening stations is also worthwhile. 20 listening stations are aimed specifically at children.
- Special exhibitions are also always being held - some about fragrant roses, some about exciting mushrooms. Even tropical butterflies sometimes make guest appearances in the Botanical Garden.
- The evening tours in the show greenhouses (irregularly between July and September) are a special highlight.
- For music fans, the Sunday choir matinees are worth a visit during the warm months.
- Another recommendation: the Planet Path. Here, you can learn about the enormous distances in our solar system. On a scale of 1:8,000,000,000 (1 cm corresponds to 80,000 km), its route begins with Neptune in the heath in the western section and leads to the sun at the pavilion in the east of the complex. At the end of the path you’ve walked just about 600 meters, instead of 4.5 billion kilometers.
- When it comes to relaxation, there’s an inviting café with large windows and a terrace. It closes 30 minutes earlier than the Botanical Garden.
There’s been a Botanical Garden in Munich since 1809. First it was located between Stachus and the Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station). Today, this park bears the name of "Alter Botanischer Garten" (Old Botanical Garden). However, it soon became too cramped in the city center and the air pollution became too strong. A new green lung needed to be created over a larger space. The new Botanical Garden, considerably larger at 21.20 hectares, was laid out in Nymphenburg in 1914. The two gardens, the State Botanical Collection located on the same site and the Institute of Systematic Botany of the Ludwig Maximilian University, have been under joint management since 1966. The Botanical Garden is also an important training center for gardening apprentices and students.
- Day ticket €5.50, reduced rate €4.00, valid for greenhouses and special exhibitions.
- Combo ticket with the Museum Mensch und Natur: €7.50, reduced rate €5.00 (during ongoing special exhibitions, a surcharge applies when using the combo ticket)
- Free entry for children and young people under 18. Does not apply during special exhibitions or special events; here, children under the age of 12 have free admission and young people under 18 pay reduced admission.
Right Next Door: The Nymphenburg Palace Park
The back entrance to the Botanical Garden opens directly onto Nymphenburger Schlosspark (Nymphenburg Palace Park), one of Germany’s largest and most important gardens. It’s worth taking another hour or two to see the park – possibly even pay a visit to the palace – once you’ve finished at the Botanical Garden.