Many cities around the globe have a botanical garden, and they are mostly used for research, educational, and recreational purposes. So on my last trip to Copenhagen two friends and I thought it would be a good idea to meet up in a park and enjoy the sun, so we decided to pay a visit to the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen.
The Botanisk Have – Botanical Garden – of Copenhagen is home to one of the largest collections of living plants and has the only genebank of wild plants. As with most botanical gardens, the purpose of the Botanisk Have is to preserve and develop the scientific collection while making them available for research, teaching, and the public, and is thus part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, which itself is part of the University of Copenhagen.
The garden is home to around 13,000 plant species and arranged into Danish plants, perennial plants, and annual plants, as well as a rock garden with plants from mountaineous areas. There is a pond inside the garden where you could see all sorts of birds and fish, and we even saw a turtle there! We also went inside a cacti glasshouse which had various sorts that just looked amazing.
The Palm House
Established in the 1600 by royal charter of the then-king Christian IV, moved four times until finally reaching its current spot in the city centre in 1870, the botanical garden of Copenhagen covers an area of 10 hectares. Especially noteworthy is the complex of glasshouses (27 of them!) of which the Palm House dates back to 1874.
The Palm House is 16 metres tall, and inside there is a narrow cast-iron spiral stairs that lead to a small passageway at the top. If you area afraid of heights and can’t cope with very humid and hot air, you should probably avoid climbing the narrow staircase.
Facts of the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen
Open to the public with no admission fees.
Open year round, Monday – Sunday 8:30 – 18:00 (Apr – Sep) & 8:30 – 16:00 (Oct – Mar).
In close walking distance from the metro station Nørreport St.