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Planten un Blomen

The "green lung" of Hamburg.

The Planten un Blomen Park in the centre of Hamburg is a wonderful destination for families, couples in love and those seeking relaxation. There is a botanical garden with a tropical house and the largest Japanese garden in Europe. Whether you are riding a pony or having a tea ceremony in the Japanese Garden, everyday life is far away

Anyone who wants to take a break during their stay in the Hanseatic city simply must visit the Planten un Blomen park in Hamburg. Where Danish cannonballs flew centuries ago, a gorgeous green recreation area now extends from St. Pauli to the Alster. The green ring around Hamburg dates back to the ramparts demolished at the beginning of the 19th century. At first there was a zoological garden here, and in the 1930s the park was gradually converted into a freely accessible public recreation area. The Low German name, which essentially just means "plants and flowers", dates from this period.

End the day with the romantic water light-shows. Planten un Blomen water lights

The garden is more than just a traditional park with a lawn and barbecue area, although those are also available. In addition to the summer programme for young and old, the water light shows with music by the park's lake each day are a highlight. The half-hour light show with coloured fountains and regularly changing music programme takes place every night at 10.00pm from May to September. A cosy blanket and a bottle of wine are all you need for the right amount of romance.

The Gardens

The park's gardens include the Japanese Garden with its clipped hedges and the tea pavilion as well as the romantic rose garden with over 300 different varieties. The botanical garden with the tropical greenhouses is an attraction for plant lovers like the alpine garden with mountain flowers, mosses and lichens.

The Japanese Garden was designed in 1988 by landscape architect Yoshikuni Araki according to strict guidelines and is the largest of its kind in Europe. At the centre is a lake and an authentic rustic Japanese tea house has stood on its shores since 1990. Classic tea ceremonies are celebrated here from May to September. Similarly, you can participate in workshops on Japanese calligraphy, attend taiko drum workshops or learn about Japanese perfume ceremonies.

The rose garden is laid out in what is known as the "classical style". About 300 different varieties of roses are planted here including historic roses, shrub and wild roses, climbing roses and hybrid teas. Various arches and corners for sitting round off the ensemble. At the centre there is a pavilion where you can learn about different varieties of rose and their care during the summer season.

In the centre of the park is a tropical greenhouse complex. The greenhouses were opened for the 1963 IGA - the special features of the support structure allow the interiors to be clear of structural elements at a maximum height of 13 m. The complex is divided into five areas by plant groups and habitats and is a listed building - as are the adjacent Mediterranean terraces.

The tropical house

Exotic worlds in the middle of the big city - The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden of the University of Hamburg offer every visitor the opportunity to dive deep into the depths of science. Divided into tropical, subtropical, cactus and fern houses, 2800 square metres of plants from all climatic zones of the earth are on display. Since the houses are located directly in Planten un Blomen, a subsequent walk through the green parks is a good idea.

Planten un Blomen park for children

Planten un Blomen is also known for their variety of playgrounds and other attractions for children. A visit is a must, especially for families. It can get really crowded here on weekends in the summer. There is a daily programme, ranging from puppet theatre to circus and the annual children's festival for the whole family. What is especially great is that all events are free to attend. Even if there is no theatre taking place in the "Großen Wallanlagen" (large ramparts), the little ones love the park because of the option of pony rides, the roller rink and the free workshop where you can learn how to use sound. For the adults, there is a great variety of excellent free concert events, from Hanseatic folk-style to classical.

The ice skating rink was renovated in 2010 and equipped with a new cooling system. In the summer, it is used as a roller and in-line skating rink; at over 4300 square metres, its total area makes it one of the largest open-air artificial ice rinks in the world.

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