At the Botanical Garden, you can travel around the world in an afternoon, at least from a botanical point of view, from the steamy tropics, over the central-Asian steppes, through the aromatic Mediterranean region and shady jungles of east Asia, and all the way back to the cool Alpine breezes.
More than 5,500 types of plants from all over the world are on display on the slopes beside the Aare river near Altenberg. While walking through the centerpiece of the garden, the Alpinum, which covers the Pyrenees, Alps, Balkans, Caucasus, Himalayas and Rocky Mountains, you will discover over 1,500 plant species along the path.
If you take the small trails that lead through the lush growth in the Alpinum, you will also find yourself on an interesting journey through native vegetation. You will encounter diverse Swiss flora, for example, discover rare species and feel that you have been transported to an idyllic mountain setting.
A visit to Bern’s Botanical Garden is worthwhile for all plant lovers and those who want to become one and is also a great destination for families, romantically inclined couples and wanderlust-stricken souls.
Six greenhouses are open to the public and are home to plants from different climate zones, divided into regions and plant species. In addition to the Mediterranean and steppe regions, orchids, palm trees, ferns and succulents each have their own building. In the steamy Palm House, you can experience a vibrant rain forest with all your senses. With a little luck, a practiced eye will be able to spot beautifully colored butterflies or ripening pineapples.
The BOGA is open 365 days a year. Admission is free.
Greenhouses 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Gardens April–October: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
November–March: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Café Fleuri April–October: 10:00 am–7:00 pm (only in good weather)
November–March: Winter break
Detailed program can be found at: www.botanischergarten.ch (in German only).
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