The Botanical Garden thrills the hearts of plant lovers and is popular both among nature fans and those who simply want to unwind in a peaceful setting. Visitors will encounter a wide variety of plants from all around the world, including medicinal herbs, numerous native species, and a large number of exotic flowers, bushes and trees, so you can take a whirlwind trip around the globe, if you wish. The collection’s main focus is on Alpine plants and steppes.
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.
After your little botanical world trip over hill and dale and plants, why not end things off with a colorful salad or tasty soup in the cozy Café Fleuri? The charming café is open from April until October. In the idyllic café-restaurant, surrounded by lush green plants, you can enjoy a “Fleuri breakfast”, take a well-deserved break at noon, or chat with friends over a beer after work. If you are not as weatherproof as you think, don’t worry. You will be served in the Succulent House as soon as any rain threatens.
More about Café Fleuri
Opening times for Café Fleuri
May–September Daily and in all types of weather 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. April and October Only when the weather is nice November–March Winter break
The BOGA is open 365 days a year. Admission is free.
Greenhouses 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Gardens October–February 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
March–September 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m
Café Fleuri May–September 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
April and October only when the weather is nice
Detailed program can be found at: www.botanischergarten.ch (in German only).