Visiting a tropical oasis in the heart of Berlin. Over 106 acres of plants including glasshouses and gardens based on the world’s continents
For months I’ve been planning one of my best friend’s Bachelorette Party. After a lot of debate we decided to go to Berlin for a weekend of cocktail making classes, nice dinners, and good laughs. With so many of us peppered throughout Europe it’s a rarity to all be together in one place. To make sure everything went smoothly, I arrived a day early and stayed with a friend who lives in Berlin. Little did I know that he had a surprise in store for me — a visit to the Botanical Garden in Berlin.
Time Runs Slower There
One of the largest botanical gardens in the world, the Botanischer Garten and Botanisches Museum Berlin is spread over more than 106 acres. It includes numerous Victorian style glass houses and a massive park that’s planted by geographical theme.
Outside you can wander through the plants of Europe, Asia, and North America and be surprised by both the gardens themselves and their scents and textures. I’ll be sharing more photos of the outside later on this week.
Inside the Glass Houses
Funnily enough we retreated to the glass houses for the first hour to get out of the heat. It was about 32C/90F outside and really beating down. Though warm inside the glass houses, they’re kept at certain temperatures depending on what type of plants are grown inside.
The Tropical Glass House
The main tropical glass house is 60 metres (197 ft) long and 23 metres (75 ft) high and one of the largest in the world. Being inside reminds me of the pterodactyl enclosure in Jurrassic Park! I took a video to show how large it feels and will upload it onto Facebook this morning.
Inside it’s filled with tall trees and climbers and the air is hot and humid. You really get the feeling that you’re wandering through the jungle.
Wandering through the Green
I really can’t tell you how many glass houses and smaller green houses we walked through. Six? Ten? No idea. We wandered for well over an hour and I feel as if we still missed some areas.
Each glass house has its own temperature, humidity, and scent in the air. The natural essential oils from over 20,000 plants made each its own unique sensory experience.
The Many Shades of Green
One thing that really struck me was just how much GREEN there was. It came in every shade that you can imagine from the softest and lightest limes, to vibrant green, to the muted brown-greens of cactii.
Often times we focus on flowers or even edibles in the garden. The plantings in the botanical garden were more about leaves, stems, branches, and roots. The most vibrant colours paled in comparison to the verdancy.
Visiting the Gardens & Glass Houses
There are more photos from my visit below but really, words cannot describe how incredible the visit was. Photos can’t truly capture it either and I’d go so far as to say that a visit to the Botanical Garden is more than enough reason to visit Berlin. This goes for whether you’re a plant lover, interested in medicinal herbs, or just want to find calm and a quiet space.
Located in the south-west part of the city, entrance was 6 euros and granted access to the full park and museum. There are also discounts for groups, students, and seniors. Plan to be there for at least two hours and do make use of the biergarten too — we did!