In a capital city surrounded by plenty of forest and filled with parks and green spots, the botanical garden makes for an extra special place of relaxation at any time of the day. It is very close to the city center and once you pass its entrance gates, the sound of city vanishes and it’s all about walking the long twisted alleys, stopping and admiring the natural beauties that the university students and researchers have arranged in lovely mini gardens (Grandma’s garden, roses, alpine garden, etc). They offer about 7500 species of plants from all over the world and you can even use this page to locate them.
I also love stopping and staring at the huge old trees around and smile at the sight of a squirrel or the birds finding their food or homes among their branches. And as a bonus, there are several ponds and water streams with beautiful rock and plant arrangements.
If time allows, the garden, which is part of the Natural History Museum also hosts the Geological and Zoological museums as well, perfect to enhance your knowledge on natural sciences.
I love the Palm house with its impressive tropical plants. I also love the sunny days when you can bring a blanket and a basket of food and sit down with friends in certain areas of the garden, eat, play cards, tell stories or just get toasted under the heat. Note that grilling is not allowed.