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Botanical Garden

Visit Germany’s second-oldest botanical garden

Botanischer Garten Jena, Park, Universität Jena

In addition to Jena’s Paradies Park, the city of light can boast another oasis of green at the heart of the city centre. Our botanical garden is the second-oldest in Germany. It is managed and maintained by Jena university.

Covering a total of 4.5 hectares, the outdoor spaces and tropical glasshouses are home to some 10,000 plants from every climate zone on Earth.

A place to relax

The Palm House and the Victoria House (built for the giant Amazonian water lily of the same name) are well worth a visit at any time of year. The predecessor of the botanical garden was Jena University’s ‘hortus medicus in collegio’, which existed from 1586 to 1833. The botanical garden in its current form was created in 1794, after botany professor A.J.G.C. Batsch and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe were granted the use of the royal gardens as a botanical garden after many years of petitioning.

Location Botanical Garden

Opening times:

April – October 10am – 7pm (6:30pm last admission)
November – March 10am – 6pm (5:30pm last admission)

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