Not in the worlds Top Ten of Botanical Gardens but definitely worth a couple hours visit. Entrance to the grounds is free and as you might expect they are beautiful and very tranquil.
The main attraction is a series of inter-connected glasshouses where you can wander through a tropical jungle butterfly world, a giant lotus pond, as well as an impressive collection of cacti and desert plants from all over the world (entrance €4). The butterfly world is loads of fun with hundreds of the creatures fluttering around the canopy. Sometimes they’ll land on your hand. There are glass displays where you can see how they develop from egg to caterpillar, then chrysalis and finally butterfly.
The Botanical Garden is part of the University of Leipzig and therefore it’s primarily a research and teaching facility. Like the University itself the Leipzig Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Germany. But it has moved location several times. The present site dates from 1876 and was substantially renovated after re-unification. On your wanders you can have a peek at the outside spaces and other greenhouses where staff are busy experimenting and growing hundreds of different plant species.
Seasonal only – open from April to November. Although sometimes open in winter for special events. Main entrance is on Linnéstraße opposite Friedenspark (in Zentrum Südost). Nearest tram stop is Johanissallee about 100m from main entrance (trams 2, 16).
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