9 reviews of Botanischer Garten in English
This is a great place to hang out – even if it is raining you can enjoy a quite time in the Museum – it is cheap, nice people around and you can learn a hell of our lesser getting, but still amazing biodiversity. Espescially in this city, wich never sleeps it´s a calming place. It doesn´t get crowded much like any of the lakes(Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke, Plötzensee oder Teufelssee).
The garden, glass houses and arboretum are truly superb. You just need to go there.
The Museum is strange and worth a look, hope they don’t change it to make it interactive – but seems they did try that in the 1980s (trust me – it’s great).
The major downside is the cafe/bistro. We took our own lunch, but as we spent the whole day there (it was that large and interesting), did need some coffee & cake. Maybe as its a captive market, and you can’t go elsewhere, they have no idea how to treat customers. We were treated with utter distain. I have never been spoken to and treated like that anywhere (and yes, I speak fluent German, and they were treating everyone similarly). Anywhere else I would have simply walked… So make sure you TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD & DRINKS, so avoid the bistro. If you set stuck, you’d be better going to the coffee vending machine within the Museum.
Note the Gardens are 800m from the S-Bahn, and only the general direction is indicated, you need to walk though an otherwise suburban area. Easier to stick to the main street.
I enjoyed my visit to the gardens. It was very relaxing and not crowded. My friend and I just causally walked around the ground and it was a good brain cleansing experience. Everything was well maintained and it was just a "feel good" place. I also know nothing about gardening or plants, but I did learn a lot.
This is a truly overlooked Berlin gem. The second largest botanical garden in the world is a real delight, in any season. The massive greenhouse (which is awesome, architecturally) has been under restoration, so check to see which parts are open, but by all means, go regardless. Meticulously maintained, this place is a real national treasure. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours walking around the grounds if you want to really enjoy everything the garden has to offer. There is a cafe/restaurant located in the base of the main greenhouse, and a wurst place at one of the entrances. But it’s a garden, not an amusement park, so you might want to bring a bottle of water. And do pick up a map at the entrance, as there’s very little signage and it’s easy to miss things.
I went with my best friend who was visiting from Madrid as she’s mad about plants. First of all, go with the intention of spending the whole day and then going again to finish what you were not able to finish in the first place. It’s humongous! I couldn’t believe how big and varied this garden is.
It’s in a beautiful part of Berlin as well.
I really cannot wait to go back again. (another note added after my original comments) I would definitely check if the main glasshouse is open before returning as that’s where the giant water lilies are kept… I really wanted to see them but alas no…
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