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Eingang Palmengarten Frankfurt.JPG
Main entrance at Siesmayerstraße
FFM Palmengarten-Karte 1887.jpg
Detail of a town map created in 1887
Location Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Coordinates 50°7′25″N 8°39′20″E / 50.12361°N 8.65556°E / 50.12361; 8.65556Coordinates: 50°7′25″N 8°39′20″E / 50.12361°N 8.65556°E / 50.12361; 8.65556
Area 22 ha (54 acres)
Opened March 16, 1871 (1871-03-16)
Founder Siesmayers Actiengesellschaft
Designer Heinrich Siesmayer
Etymology German word for ″palm garden″
Owned by Frankfurt
Visitors 596,934 (in 2015)[1]
Open February-October: 9 am–6 pm
November-January: 9 am–4 pm
Status open
Parking underground car park
Public transit access Bockenheimer Warte (Underground, tramway & Bus), Westend (Underground & Bus), Palmengartenstraße (Bus)
Frankfurt Palm Garden in ca. 1890-1900
Palmengarten (2004)

The Palmengarten is one of two botanical gardens in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is located in the Westend-Süd district. It covers a surface of 22 hectares.

Like many public sites in Frankfurt, it was privately financed and implemented by the architect Heinrich Siesmayer. Work was completed in 1871 and opened to the public. One colorful visit was from the American entertainer Buffalo Bill who brought his Western show in 1890. In 1931, it was taken over by the city of Frankfurt but was later transferred to the American occupation authorities after World War II. When the Palmengarten was returned to the city's hands in the sixties, a major reconstruction effort was begun. Halls destroyed in the war were redeveloped and expanded. In 1992 the reconstruction finished completely and the Palmengarten shined in its new form.

Directly next to the area of the Palmengarten is the Frankfurt Botanical Garden, which belongs to the biology department of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

The botanical exhibits are organized according to their origin in free-air or climatized greenhouses, which also contain numerous tropical and subtropical plants.

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