The Botanical Gardens Copenhagen

The Botanical Gardens Copenhagen

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
May 31, 2024

When you think of the must-see attractions in Copenhagen, the most popular ones could easily roll off your tongue: 'The Little Mermaid', 'Tivoli Gardens', 'Amalienborg Palace', the list goes on. But nestled in the heart of the city, there's a more subtle, yet no less enchanting, place of wonder: The Botanical Gardens.

What is the Story Behind the Botanical Gardens?

Botanical Gardens Copenhagen and lake
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

The Copenhagen Botanical Gardens are a perfect representation of Denmark's love for the great outdoors, sustainable living, and serenity. Established in 1600, the Gardens have been the crown jewel of Copenhagen for four centuries, acting as a place of learning, leisure, and conservation. Baptised with the Danish name "Botanisk Have", this verdant oasis was not always located where we see it today.

The Gardens were originally founded by the king's physician, Caspar Bauhin, in the 17th century at a different location. They moved twice since then before settling down at their current location in central Copenhagen in 1870. Can you imagine the colossal task of uprooting an entire botanical garden, not once but twice? Historical records tell us that such monumental task was taken up by passionate botanists led by professor J.F. Schouw, changing not just the location but the cultural fabric of the city.

What is Called a Botanical Garden?

A botanical garden is a collection of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti; herb gardens; plants of specific regions like alpine plants, or other themes such as 'Medicinal Plants'. Botanical gardens are often run by universities or other scientific research organizations, and as a result, may have an emphasis on research or education.

What is a Botanical Garden For?

Botanical Gardens Copenhagen from inside
Photo: Lukas Bukoven

Botanical gardens play a crucial role in research, conservation, and promoting an understanding of plant diversity. There, you are not just a spectator, but a participant, learning about nature's astounding diversity, seeing rare plant species and becoming immersed in a soothing, green environment. At the same time, they are habitats for many lifeforms, preserving the delicate ecosystems.

Is Copenhagen Botanic Garden Free?

Botanical Gardens Copenhagen from above
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

For those who have 'What to do in Copenhagen' in their search history, take note - the Botanical Gardens are absolutely free, making them one of the best budget-friendly Copenhagen attractions. However, be aware that entrance to the Palm House and other buildings is not free.

This green haven is dedicated to preserving plant species and providing visitors a tranquil escape; it's a natural treasure you can explore without a price tag. And right next to it you will find Rosenborg Castle which is also worth a visit.

Is There a Map for Botanical Gardens?

Even though exploration is a key part of the fun, arm yourself with a map before getting lost amidst the greenery. The garden spreads over a vast 9.5 hectares with greenhouse complexes and more than 13,000 species of plants. You can find the map at the entrance, or even better, download it right from the Garden's official website to have it with you at all times.

The must-see part of the Botanical Gardens is its famous Palm House, a beautifully sculpted greenhouse that's home to a rich diversity of tropical and subtropical species. Also, the garden's lake, featuring an enchanting stone bridge draped in vegetation, is a great spot for that perfect instagramable snapshot.

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With StoryHunt, exploring Copenhagen becomes an adventure. Our app fulfills the desire for understanding the culture and history behind places, turning your visit to these top sights into an immersive experience. Not limited to the Botanical Gardens, our app offers self-guided audio walks across Copenhagen, covering all the major attractions. Continue your exploration from the Botanical Gardens to the nearby Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, and The King's Garden. So, why wait? Download the StoryHunt app now and unravel the untold stories behind the faces of Copenhagen one walk at a time.

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Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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