When the botanical garden in Munich is in full colourful bloom, it is almost like stepping into a fairytale.
The scent that fills the gardens when the roses are in bloom is particularly captivating. The sound of insects humming and birds singing fills the air as frogs and toads splash in the ponds between the water lilies and lily pads. Inside the greenhouses, palm trees, orchids, cacti and bright butterflies give visitors the chance to enjoy a moment of summer, even in the depths of winter.
Wandering through the green paradise is like taking a journey around the world. We recommend leaving plenty of time if you are planning a trip to the gardens: After all, the botanical garden stretches over 21 hectares and is home to around 14,000 different species of plants.
Munich’s first botanical gardens were created back in 1812 and were originally located between Stachus square and the central station station, a park which is now known as the Alter Botanischer Garten (the “old botanical gardens”). However, the city soon ran out of space in the centre so new botanical gardens were created in Nymphenburg in 1914. These days, the gardens are an important place of study for gardeners and botanists.
Regular guided tours, speeches and exhibitions offer an in-depth and surprising insight into the world of plants.
Tip: The Botanischer Garten hugs the northern end of Nymphenburg Schlosspark (castle) and can be accessed directly from the park through a secret entrance at the back.
Good to know: Munich Card holders are entitled to a reduced admission fee. If one owns the Munich City Pass, the entrance is free of charge. No matter which card you choose, the public transport is included.