We’ll leave by coach for the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum. Located in the south of Berlin, it’s a magical place in any season. Its 43 hectares (106 acres) are a wonderful place to stroll and admire more than 22,000 types of plants that grow here. Berlin is known throughout the world as a botanical mecca of sorts and has a long tradition in this field, including the Lustgarten that dates back to the 16th century. At the end of the 19th century, the botanical research sites were moved outside the city because the urban environment was too small and polluted to grow plants. The botanical garden was then developed in Dahlem and was open to the public in 1903. It has been maintained and managed by the Freie Universität since 1996. The vast park is organized into gardens representing different areas (North America, Japan, China, the Alps, the Caucasus, Greece, Spain, etc.) and is dotted with traditional greenhouses and crisscrossed with pathways. There is also a lake, a park-like arboretum and several large lawns. You’ll be able to follow maps available at the entrance indicating the different regional species as well as a seasonal walk for enjoying the lovely gifts that nature can give in spring, summer, winter and fall. It can get very cold in Berlin, but the botanical gardens recreate the hot and sunny regions located throughout the world. Many of the greenhouses contain African, Australian, Asian, tropical and Mediterranean vegetation. The greenhouses are connected to each other on several levels, and we’ll travel from humid to dry temperatures, from small cactus to enormous Central American trees, from desert vegetation to the rich exuberances of the Tropics. After our exotic visit, we return on board for lunch.
- Duration: ~ 4:25
- Timing and order of visits may be modified.
- These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
- If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to pay on board).
- The excursions of the first evening and the morning following the embarkation are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.