In the heart of central Hamburg, Planten un Blomen park is linking inner city shopping streets with Hamburg convention and exhibition centres, Hamburg University and the bars and pubs of St. Pauli. In other words, it functions as the connector between the Outer Alster lake and the Elbe river. Covering 450,000 sqm of reclaimed medieval fortifications, the park lives up to its name. Planten un Blomen is Low German and translates to 'Plants and Flowers'. The park offers manicured flower beds, herb gardens and vast lawns. Idyllic ponds as well as themed gardens are a popular time-out spot for business people and university students alike. And with access to central Hamburg, the park is never far away. From West to East locals walk to the Neustadt quarter with its busy shopping streets and restaurants from either the University or the more alternative St. Pauli and Karolinenviertel quarters. From Landungsbrücken to the South Planten un Blomen is spanning to the Messehallen exhibition centre and Dammtor station in the North. And no matter where you enter the park from, there is always something to explore.
The Apothekergarten (lit. pharmacist's garden) offers a broad variety of medicinal herbs and plants. The Bürgergarten (lit. citizens' garden) is full of colourful flower arrangements and the Rosengarten specializes in ─ of course ─ roses. In summer, it is a special treat to see the more than 300 varieties in full bloom. One of the highlights of the park are the Japanese gardens. With their exotic plants and trees, intriguing rock formations, small ponds and a picturesque teahouse, these gardens are a true piece of art. There is hardly a quieter and more peaceful place in all of central Hamburg.
The sunniest place in Planten un Blomen is fittingly modelled around a Mediterranean topic. Dark slate stores the heat emitted from sunlight and allows for fig and lemon trees, hibiscus and gunnera to grow in the cooler Hamburg climate.
For more exotic plants and trees, the greenhouses are open year round. Enjoy biotopes resembling tropical rainforests, dry deserts and everything in between even with the park covered in snow and the lakes frozen over.
And this is not the only attraction in wintertime Planten un Blomen: As soon as the temperatures drop, the ice-skating rink is drawing crowds. In Summer, go for a game of miniature golf or outdoor chess.
Finally, when the sun sets over Hamburg, bring a picnic dinner, lie on the grass and watch the water features. The combination of illuminated fountains and classical music creates a one-of-a-kind experience. Be aware, you might end up soaking wet if you sit too close!
Klosterwall 8, 20095 Hamburg
May ─ September 7:00 a.m. ─ 11:00 p.m.
October ─ March 7:00 a.m. ─ 8:00 p.m.
April 7:00 a.m. ─ 10:00 p.m.