Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg

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Alter Botanischer Garten
The bridge in the park is named after Jan van Valckenborgh who extended the city's wall in the seventeenth century.[1]
Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg is located in Hamburg
Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg
Type Botanical garden
Location Hamburg
Coordinates 53°33′40″N 9°58′59″E / 53.561°N 9.983°E / 53.561; 9.983Coordinates: 53°33′40″N 9°58′59″E / 53.561°N 9.983°E / 53.561; 9.983
Opened 1821
Status Open all year
Collections Ferns, Sub-tropical, Tropical, Palms and Succulents
Website Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg (Tropengewächshäuser)
Greenhouses in the Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg, designed by architect Hermkes Bernhard

The Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg, sometimes also known as the Schaugewächshaus or the Tropengewächshäuser, is a botanical garden now consisting primarily of greenhouses in the Planten un Blomen park of Hamburg, Germany. Alter Botanischer Garten is located on the Hamburg Wallring at Stephansplatz and is open daily without charge.


The garden is located on the site of Hamburg's old botanical garden at the city wall, established 1821 by Professor Johann Georg Christian Lehmann (1792–1860). Its alpine garden was established in 1903; most plants were subsequently moved to the new Botanischer Garten Hamburg in 1979. Herbal and medicinal plantings are clustered around the city's former moat. Today's gardens consist primarily of five interconnected greenhouses, total area 2,800 m², built 1962–1963 by architect Bernhard_Hermkes (1903–1995), as follows:

  • Tropical house - about 800 m² area, maximum height of 13 meters, containing tropical plants from throughout the world, with a focus on South American plants and tropical crops.

The garden contains special collections of Aizoaceae (30,000 accessions representing about 1,500 species), Orchidaceae (about 2,500 accessions), Bambusoideae, Begoniaceae, Bromeliaceae, Cycadaceae, Masdevallia, Piperaceae, and Zingiberaceae.

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  1. ^ History of the area, accessed 4 November 2012

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