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 in tropical green plants, you may want to visit both.
Palmengarten is reachable by bus (Lines 36 & 50), and only 10 walking minutes away from the U-Bahn station Westend, alternatively Bockenheimer Warte is also close to another entry.
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, visiting the different greenhouses in the tropicarium and the sub-antarctic house, the blossom house, the impressive palm house and many more. If you’re lucky, you can witness a couple getting married in “House Rosenbrunn” close to the rose garden as Frankfurt’s registry office offers matrimonies in such a great surrounding.
I’d suggest a break at Caféhaus Siesmayer right at the Palmengarten.
Fun activities (not only for kids) include a ride on the “Palmenexpress”, a train that goes through the garden, and the playground areas, one also has water games.
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.