Botanical Garden Karlsruhe

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Karlsruhe, Germany

Botanical Garden Karlsruhe Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Botanical Garden Karlsruhe May 03, 2017
A small but very pretty park is located in the Schloss and Schlosspark area behind the constitutional court. The botanical garden is agreat place to relax after shopping or visiting the surrounding museums. Buy an icecream in Kaiserstra├če and then walk over, it's close enough to arrive before the icecream is molten or already finished.

The botanical garden contains beautiful old trees of rare specieses. The flower beds are well taken care of and always worth a look in the change of the seasons. This is the mildest spot in the city and thus the first where the earliest spring bulbs like snowdrops, crocuses, aconites appear. Autumn colours are amazing, too.

When the little scilla sibirica are in bloom in March and a whole lawn is bright blue, it's the talk of the town. The spectacle is short, it lasts about two weeks in early spring. If you happen to be in town in mid or late March, don't miss it. Scilla sibirica is a tiny bulb plant with blue, bell-shaped flowers. Thousands of them grow in the lawns in the botanical garden. A large area on the side towards Kunsthalle and Orangerie will turn blue. Together with the magnolia trees they make a beautiful picture.

Entrance to the botanical garden is free. Only for the glasshouses, which contain exotic plants, a small entrance fee is charged.

Karlsruhe's most beautiful outdoor cafe and restaurant can be found here (Badische Weinstuben). Local specialities, maybe not five-star but not bad either, fine local wines, and the lovely garden around. (The inside of the restaurant is nothing, so if you go, pick a fine warm day.)

P.S. Emergency hint: There is a free public toilet in the gatehouse (Torbau) underneath the arch.
Autumn colours
The scilla meadow
Botanical garden in late summer
The scilla meadow
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