Palmengarten Frankfurt 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 green tropical plants, you may want to visit both.
Palmengarten is reachable by bus (Lines 36 & 50), and about 10 walking minutes away from the U-Bahn stations Westend or Bockenheimer Warte.
You can spend several hours strolling through the parkways, visiting the different greenhouses as the tropicarium and the sub-antarctic house, the blossom house, the impressive palm house.
In fall and winter, especially on rainy days, Palmengarten is a good location to warm up or jump in when the rain sets in.
I’d also suggest a break at Caféhaus Siesmayer right at the Palmengarten, they offer great cakes, as well as a selection for savory breakfasts or lunch.
During the winter months, there are several great exhibitions in the garden. Don’t miss the “Winter Lights” exhibition that still lasts until January 12th and during which the opening hours are extended to 9 pm. Check their facebook page for more information.
Fun activities (not only for kids) include a ride on the “Palmenexpress”, a train that goes through the garden, and two playgrounds, one with fabulous water games during summer.
Entry times are only important to access the park and glasshouses, as the exits are always open.