Lush blooms all year round, a park with trees over 150 years old, the baroque splendor of the castle complex and church, plus the Mediterranean character – that is Mainau, the flower island in Lake Constance. Today Bettina Countess Bernadotte and Björn Count Bernadotte are at the helm of the company. The fourth Bernadotte generation following Count Lennart strives to continue the well-founded philosophy that has been developed since 1932 and to maintain an oasis of natural beauty, harmony and relaxation for visitors from all over the world, indeed to create it again and again. Forgetting the stress of everyday life and the over-engineered age for a few hours and finding relaxation in the “deceleration” should be the benefit for the Mainau guests when they visit the flower island in Lake Constance, which is favored by the climate and is unique in the world.
The University of Würzburg has had a botanical garden since 1696 . It emerged from the medicinal plant garden (Hortus medicus) of the Juliusspital in today’s city center and is now, after its third relocation, on the southern outskirts of the city. In 1960 work began on the new system on the Mittlerer Dallenbergweg. The Botanical Garden is a central institution of the University of Würzburg. It serves various sub-disciplines of botany and other university institutions as an important aid in research and teaching. It is open to the public.
The park of Schwetzingen Castle is a unique cultural monument in Europe: more than 100 sculptures adorn the park, which is both magnificent and surprising. Picturesque works of art lead visitors into distant and foreign worlds. The Temple of Apollo features the Greek god of light and the arts playing the lyre in a circular temple. Also worth seeing: the thermal baths, a small building for relaxation with a garden, designed on the plan of an Italian villa. The park’s Turkish garden houses the Nicholas de Pigage mosque, the largest building of its type in a German park. This late-baroque mosque, with many oriental elements, however, played a purely decorative and not religious role.
Visitors can wander through the changing styles of exquisite garden art. The aesthetics and philosophy of the former residents of these palace complexes can be discovered in the perfectly formed garden areas, architecture, water features or in the more than 1,000 sculptures. The approximately 300-hectare Sanssouci Park stretches more than two kilometers from east to west. You should allow time for a detailed tour. Almost 60 gardeners lovingly tend beds, hedges, trees and extensive meadows. The magnificent parterre at the foot of Sanssouci Palace is decorated twice a year with over 230,000 plants based on historical models.
Numerous animals and plants worldwide are increasingly threatened . Their natural habitats are being pushed back as forests have to make way for arable land and road construction. Poaching and illegal hunting are also decimating the natural population of many species. Together with our visitors, we are committed to projects worldwide.
Around 19,600 species and subspecies are cultivated in the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden, which covers an area of 21.2 hectares. Together with the outstation, the alpine garden on the Schachen (1,860 m²), the botanical garden is involved in national and international research projects, to which it supplies important material and observation data. It has the task of collecting, examining, cultivating and exhibiting wild and cultivated plants from all over the world and thus from different climatic regions according to scientific criteria. His collection of living plants is also used for research, for which the demand from all over the world is constantly increasing.
Founded in 1593, the Heidelberg Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens of all: important scientific work by Heidelberg botanists is inextricably linked to it, and its research and conservation collections are world-famous. There is also a herbarium with around 350,000 specimens.
The future of the botanical garden and the possibilities of its preservation were discussed as early as the 1990s, with the planning of the complete relocation of the biological institutes to the Riedberg. Due to the physical distance, it could only be used to a limited extent for teaching and research at the university. However, the garden at this location had developed into a cultural asset worth preserving in the more than 50 years of development – with a valuable inventory of tree species and other plants from all over the world (over 5,000 species).
In the heart of the city, the Dresden Botanical Garden invites you to explore the fascinating world of plants. About 10.000 plant species grow at the terrain at the edge of the Großer Garten, the biggest and oldest park in the city-centre. The origin of the plant collection dates back to the year 1815. Today, the Botanical Garden Dresden is a central academic unit of Technische Universität Dresden and as such is integrated into research and academic education in numerous ways. Moreover, we offer various possibilities for the public and school classes to learn more about plants.
In addition to large research collections of titan arums, carnivorous plants, impatiens and flower nettles, remarkable special collections of Proteaceae and Vellociaceae, geophytes from Europe and Anatolia, as well as useful plants from all over the world have been brought together at Bonn University Botanic Gardens.
The Botanic Garden is a magical place that speaks to all your senses. Plunge in this green oasis, relax at the lakeside, walk along picturesque trails – in our Garden nature always has a season. Our Botanic Garden counts as one of the largest and most important botanical gardens in the world. This is not only due to its surface, but also to the variety of its plants, that count over 20,000 types.