Frankfurt’s Palmengarten is a botanical garden we can be very proud of. It was first opened in 1871 and is the largest of its kind in Germany.
It’s right next to Frankfurt University’s botanical garden which is also taken care of by the management of the Palmengarten. If you have a deeper interest for tropical green plants, you may want to visit both.
Palmengarten is reachable by bus (Line 36), and only 10 walking minutes away from the U-Bahn station Westend.
In spring, when flowers and trees are in full bloom, it is a real paradise, but I love strolls during fall even more.
You may spend a whole afternoon strolling through the parkways, visit the different greenhouses in the tropicarium and the sub-antarctic house, the blossom house, the impressive palm house, the rose garden and many more. If you’re lucky, you might witness a couple getting married in “House Rosenbrunn” close to the rose garden as Frankfurt’s registry office offers this terrific surrounding as one location for matrimonies.
I’d suggest a break at Caféhaus Siesmayer right at the Palmengarten (check the Siesmayer article).
Fun activities (not only for kids) include a ride on the “Palmenexpress”, a train that goes through the garden.
During the summer months there are frequent concerts in the garden, and all year long, there are constant exhibitions dedicated to certain plants and flowers.
Be sure to have a look on the calendar on their homepage before your visit.