Some of the most beautiful urban botanical gardens in the world
We love cities! But nature is just as important. If you are looking for a green getaway during your stay, a botanical garden is always a good idea. Not only are they a great escape from the busy city, but they also provide a good learning experience, as the local flora and fauna often have a big impact on the local culture! We have selected our 10 favorite urban botanical gardens among the many that our inhabitants have spotted …
The Huntington, Los Angeles
There is plenty to do at the Huntington Botanic Gardens! With 12 gardens for you to enjoy, you will surely find a favorite place to relax. The Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and Jungle Garden are just a few. They even have a garden specially designed for children! Discover their calendar to view upcoming events such as concerts or tea time.
Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus is in the east of Amsterdam. The botanical garden offers several different greenhouses to explore, including a butterfly greenhouse! They also grow coffee and cocoa on site and educate people about the culture surrounding the two products. The crown jewel of Hortus Botanicus is its assortment of herbal remedies that are actually used every day!
Café in der Gartenakademie, Berlin
If the idea of just strolling in a garden doesn’t sound appealing to you, maybe this botanical garden café will appeal to you? The Café de la Gartenakademie is located in a huge greenhouse in the Berlin Botanical Garden. You can have a coffee or a snack sitting under exotic plants and feel like you’re in the jungle! To top it off, each week a pianist comes to play sublime tunes while you enjoy your time.
Kew Gardens, London
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in South West London are a living library of as many exotic plants, trees and flowers as you can imagine. They are in fact the largest botanical gardens in the world! Take a walk in the sky from the treetop walk or stop at the peaceful Japanese Gardens, to name just a few of the unique corners of the gardens. They are amazing all year round, but if you are visiting during the holidays be sure to visit them because their winter special is even more amazing!
Aptekarsky ogorod, Moscow
The last Tsar of Tsarism of Russia created this garden in 1706. The interior of this small garden is constantly changing. Every two or three weeks a new exhibition of seasonal flowers starts in Aptekarsky Ogorod. In the evening, the garden turns into an open-air concert hall. You can listen to music stars from Russia and other countries who present the whole spectrum of musical styles: folk or classical music, jazz or pop… for all visitors.
Soviet era greenhouse, Yerevan
What makes Yerevan Botanical Garden so special is its design! Even though it has been badly overlooked, it is still quite impressive. The trees that grow from it even add to the charm. It was built in a typical Soviet architectural style. The greenhouse is located just outside of town and houses a collection of around 200 endemic, rare and declining plant species. Pro Tip: If you come across plants with a price tag, that means you can buy them straight from the greenhouse and take them home!
National Botanical Garden, Oslo
Founded in 1814 and administered by the University of Oslo, the Oslo Botanical Garden is Norway’s oldest botanical garden, exhibiting more than 5,500 different plants from around the world. the site is immersed in many different thematic gardens and greenhouses. There is an herb garden, a Viking garden and a meadow garden, to name a few. It is a magical place for young and old.
Diomidous Botanical Garden, Athens
The Botanical Garden of Diomidous is the largest botanical garden in the eastern Mediterranean. It is located a bit outside of the city of Athens. Within its area of 470 acres, there are trees and bushes from all over the world, as well as plants mentioned in Greek mythology and history, such as Aphrodite’s myrtle and Socrates’ hemlock. a large part of the garden’s activities is dedicated to ecological awareness! You will find information all over the garden and they also organize educational events.
UNAM Botanical Garden, Mexico City
Most of this garden is dedicated to the flora that can be found throughout Mexico. You can head to the Mexican jungle, forest, and dessert in the city. The funniest part of the UNAM Botanical Garden is that they have an adoption center! For a very small price, you can adopt an endangered plant. Wouldn’t that be cool as a souvenir?
Botanical Garden Library, Warsaw
This garden is divided into two departments. The coolest part is the one on the roof. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie! The library garden is placed above the university library and is covered with solar panels, giving it its futuristic look. If you prefer to be closer to the ground, you can visit the Powsin Botanical Garden. Here you can take a walk in the flower field or have a nice picnic.