Munich Botanical Garden Puts Beautiful Plants On Display

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The Munich Botanical Garden seen through the grass in Germany.

For some reason, despite repeatedly staying at a hotel only a few short blocks from Munich‘s Schloss Nymphenburg, I never made time to visit the Munich Botanical Garden. It’s only a short walk along a gravel path north of the palace park. Only a quiet wooded area separates them. The nearly 53 acre botanical garden features lots of varied gardens as well as a greenhouse of more than an acre. There’s so much to explore that you could get lost in a maze of rhododendrons. Well, “lost.” The Munich Botanical Garden is so pleasant that you likely wouldn’t mind. It only took a single visit for me to realize this is a special spot in the city.

A sign pointing to Nymphenburg Palace and Park at Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

An overgrown stone walkway at the Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

A statue decorates the side of a ivy covered building at the Munich Botanical Garden.

A statue of a lady surrounded by rhododendrons at the Munich Botanical Garden.

Alter Botanischer Garten

Today’s botanical garden is actually a replacement, so to speak. The city’s original location, the Old Botanical Garden (Alter Botanischer Garten), was founded in 1812. Landscape architect Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell spent eight years planning and constructing the garden prior to its opening. Although it is no longer an active botanical garden, you can still visit the site. It’s just a few blocks north of Karlsplatz. Today it serves mostly as a park open to the public. But there are still some exotic species of trees growing there. A mere hint of the site’s past.

White and yellow roses in bloom at Munich Botanical Garden.

Bee houses hang on the side of a building at the Munich Botanical Garden.

A purple flowering tree at the Munich Botanical Garden in Munich, Germany.

Inside the Munich Botanical Garden in Munich, Germany.

Parrot statue from Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory overlooking Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

About Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg

Over the years the size of the Old Botanical Garden was decreased and eventually it was decided it should be relocated. In 1914 the Botanical Garden was moved to its current site in the city’s western Nymphenburg neighborhood. The current garden has approximately 16,000 species of plants. The Botanical Garden is fun to explore because you don’t know what you’ll find next. Beautiful plants can be found around each and every turn.

And there’s more than just plants to enjoy at the Botanical Garden. The gardens are decorated by porcelain figures from the nearby Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory. You can find, for example, colorful parrots and an accordion player adorning outdoor pedestals. Woodsy bee houses hang on walls both to intrigue guests and keep the local ecology buzzing, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Boy with a dog statue from Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory at Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

Up close of a parrot statue from Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory at Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

The Munich Botanical Garden seen through the trees in Germany.

Up close with the building at the Munich Botanical Garden.

An accordion player statue from Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory overlooking Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

The Gardens of Munich Botanical Garden

The outdoor area is a lovely place for a stroll regardless of the weather. And there is a section that will satisfy nearly every taste or plant preference. There are more formal gardens as well as more wooded areas. A huge rhododendron collection welcomes visitors from the southern entrance, just near Nymphenburg Palace Park. There are endangered species gardens and a rose garden. There is a lake and a pump house from 1910 in the western part of the grounds. Seasonally, different areas will be in peak bloom at different seasons of the year. This means there’s always something special to see. In addition to flowers and plants, there is a large collection of trees and animals. I crossed paths with several squirrels and a snail.

Inside the greenhouse there is a wide range of different species on display. From cacti and succulents to beautiful orchids to water plants with fish and shrimp. The species on display are from around the world.

A snail creeps across the pavement around flower petals at the Munich Botanical Garden.

Looking up inside the palm house at Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

A pink flower in bloom at the Munich Botanical Garden in Germany.

A pink lotus flower surrounded by lily pads at the Munich Botanical Garden.

A pink yellow lotus flower surrounded by lily pads at the Munich Botanical Garden.

Flowering plants at the Munich Botanical Garden.

Visiting the Munich Botanical Garden

Being a foreigner, I found the collection of plants at the Munich Botanical Garden really fascinating. Was I looking at a plant that, to locals, was especially odd or exotic? Was a plant that looked unique to me just a common everyday species for someone else? It forced me to evaluate each plant myself on its own merits. It was a thought I’d never had before.

Similarly, the Botanical Gardens has a small exhibit of local Bavarian plants. I found it especially interesting to be able to look at native species.

The garden is also home to unique, exotic plants. Just a day or two before I visited the Munich Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg) someone decided to rip off a chunk of a corpse flower that was about to bloom. To protect it, the garden placed a plastic bag over the flower. But the flowers do what flowers do. The flower attack is a good reminder of how exposed these plants are to the public. The Garden has several others that bloomed in the days and weeks following.

There are also fun events held at the Botanical Garden. The day I visited, a crowd were watching an a capella group sing. This ended up serving me well: everyone was watching the talented singers and the greenhouse was relatively empty. Be sure to check their schedule to see what fun events may be happening that you can enjoy.

Lily pads at the Munich Botanical Garden.

Miniature white roses in bloom at Munich Botanical Garden.

Munich Botanical Garden in Munich, Germany.

The Munich Botanical Garden in Munich, Germany.

Getting There

Tram 17 and Bus 143 both have a Botanischer Garten stop. For those driving, there are some parking spaces near the main entrance on Menzinger Straße 65.

There are two entrances to the Botanischer Garten: a north and a south. If you’re visiting Nymphenburg, it’s only a short walk to the south entrance.

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In Munich's Nymphenburg neighborhood, Munich Botanical Garden is 53 acres of local and exotic plants, including a large greenhouse perfect for exploring. #munich #germany #bavaria #garden #travel

In Munich's Nymphenburg neighborhood, Munich Botanical Garden is 53 acres of local and exotic plants, including a large greenhouse perfect for exploring. #munich #germany #bavaria #garden #travel

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4 thoughts on “Munich Botanical Garden Puts Beautiful Plants On Display

  1. That´s so cool! I´ve been to Schloß Nymphenburg before and enjoyed strolling through the garden of the castle. It seems I was pretty close to the Botanical Garden area as well. Next time when I visit Munich I should make some time for the whole gardens!

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