Every inhabitant of a large metropolis dreams of being in a quiet green oasis. But few people know that even in the European capital you can find the real tropics and get lost among thousands of unique plants. This place I discovered in the Berlin Botanical Garden – one of the largest in the world.
In the spring it is truly beautiful: the flowers on the flower beds compete with the brightest shades, and the intoxicating aromas of flowering trees and shrubs are in the air.
It is located 10 minutes walk from the metro stations Rathaus Steglitz (orange branch U9) and Dahlem-Dorf (green branch U3). The entrance ticket costs only 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for schoolchildren and students. In spring and summer the botanical garden is open all day – from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
On the territory of 430 thousand square meters you can find more than 20 thousand plants from around the world. Such a huge collection of representatives of the flora can surprise any tourist.
In this green oasis, away from the city noise and fuss, time seems to slow down its walk and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the divine beauty of nature. The main goal of botanic scientists is to study and preserve the rich world of plants. Here not only tourists walk, but also make movies and hold wedding photo sessions.
But the biggest impression on me was made by the greenhouses of the botanical garden, which completely recreate the climate of different corners of the world. There are 15 thematic greenhouses in total.
In the main tropical greenhouse 60 meters long and 23 meters high is really very hot and humid. There are huge palm and banana trees, giant bamboo and rare ficuses, artificial waterfall creates noise, colorful carp are swimming in the pond and tropical birds are singing.
In the neighboring greenhouses you can find various succulents and 4-meter cactuses, orchids and camellias.
Separate zones are allotted to the flora of Australia, New Zealand, the Canary Islands, Namibia, Angola. There is even a rock garden with stony gardens representing the flora of the Carpathians, the Caucasus Mountains and the Alps. A detailed description and a garden plan you can find on its official website http://www.botanischer-garten-berlin.de/en
In addition, the garden has a unique botanical museum – the only one of its kind in the whole of Central Europe. Here you can see the real treasures of the world of flora. The most miniature plants, which can be seen only in a microscope, are presented here in the form of enlarged models. And the most giant trees are reduced to the size of a shoe box. Plants, that exist in nature only for a few weeks a year or, in some cases, for only one day, can be observed in the museum all year round. Also there are unique books on history and research in botany.
As in all tourist places, there is also a souvenir shop and a cafeteria with a beautiful summer terrace.
I was in Berlin in early May and received from visit its Botanical Garden a lot of positive emotions, relaxation and a feeling of complete harmony with nature. Walking along the shady avenues, blooming glades and numerous greenhouses, you can spend here an entire day unnoticed. This means getting a huge charge of energy from the beautiful creations of nature from around the world.