With its first tree planted in 1821, this green sanctuary currently comprises 47 hectares of Hamburg’s city center. Magnificent flower beds, well-tended lawns, and idyllic creeks provide a place of tranquility. Every section of the park offers different floral themes reminiscent of the former international horticulture shows (IGS) that were held here between 1953 and 1973.
The park offers numerous free events and activities: In the summer months, there are water shows with choreographed music and lights, public theater performances, and concerts at the music pavilion. In the Japanese tea house, you can participate in the procedure of a traditional tea ceremony and learn more about Asian culture. In the winter months, you can visit the enormous ice rink (4300 sq meters) for some skating, performances, music and colorful light installations. The conservatory of the University of Hamburg is open year-round and presents flora and fauna growing in different climate zones in their tropical and cacti houses, such as great varieties of fern, colorful banana and cocoa plants, and cute little terrapins.
If you are traveling with children or just like to play, you may want to visit the enormous playground, or join some locals for a game of mini-golf or “oversized” chess. If all this is making you hungry, visit one of the many cafes in the park to recharge before you continue your adventure in Planten un Blomen.