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Purple flower of a Dichorisandra sp., Leipzig botanical gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Visited: August 2019
Written: September 2019
Updated: April 2020

3 hectares with 10,000 plants of 4500 different species, how does that sound? Awesome right! Then let me show you the Botanical Gardens of the Leipzig University.

Do you like plants?

Of course you do, or you wouldn't be here right now.

I do too, as you might have noticed. In fact, I love all that is nature. City trips, on the other hand, are not my thing. I often try to skip cities when traveling. However, sometimes you can’t, and for whatever reason you do end up in the city.

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Whenever I end up in a city on my travels I try to make the best of my time there by looking for nature in the city: Zoos, parks, natural history museums, bird watching and, I think you could have guessed this one: Botanical gardens!

In the summers of 2018 and 2019, I ended up in the German city of Leipzig. This gave me the chance to visit the city’s Natural history museum, the zoo and the botanical gardens of the Leipzig University. In this post, I will take you on a quick tour through the greenhouse of the botanical gardens in 11 photos.

Leipzig for the nature enthusiast

Come back soon for a post on the wild side of Leipzig. I am currently writing one about Leipzig for the Nature enthousiast traveler. For now, check out this great post about the Parks of Leipzig in this great post by Marion Kutter on the Culture Trip.


Botanical gardens are the place to go if you have an interest in nature, plants or flowers, or if you just enjoy a stroll in the park. They are also great for photography, as you can see below.

As the name might suggest, a botanical garden is a garden displaying things that are botanical, a.k.a. plants. They often house plant species from all over the world. Like the botanical gardens of the Leipzig University, many have a greenhouse where their tropical plants are housed.

3 hectares with 10,000 plants of 4500 species1, how does that sound? The botanical gardens of the Leipzig University are one of the oldest of Europe, founded between 1542 and 1580 when as the medicinal garden of a monastery. These days, the gardens house all kinds of species, from orchids to waterlilies, bamboos to evergreens, and from cacti to palms. See the table below for some more practical information about the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, or quickly skip the table to get to the photographs.

Wait! I almost forgot: They have butterflies in the greenhouse!


The Leipzig Botanical Garden in a glance


Where Leipzig, Germany
Costs Terrain: Free
Greenhouse: €4,00
Best time to visit Spring and summer
Duration of visit ±3 hours
Website English
German
Accomodations in Leipzig Check on Booking.com!*
Other things to do in Leipzig The best things to see and do in Leipzig by Evelyn Smallwood on the Culture Trip,
Get a good impression of Leipzig in this guide about Leipzig, the German city you never really think of visiting by Yaya and Lloyd from Hand luggage Only.


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Pseuderanthemum alatum


Purple flower of the Pseuderanthemum alatum, Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Purple with yellow flower of the Pseuderanthemum alatum.
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Dichorisandra sp.


Purple flower of a Dichorisandra sp., Leipzig botanical gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Purple flower of a Dichorisandra sp.


Episcia lilacina


A tiny plant Episcia lilacina battling with the surrounding plants and mosses for light, Leipzig botanical garden, Leipzig, Germany
A tiny Episcia lilacina battling for light.


Euryale ferox


Floating leaves of the Euryale ferox in the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Floating leaves of the Prickly waterlily, Euryale ferox.


Coleus sp.


Purple and green leaves of a colorful Coleus sp. plant, Leipzig botanical garden, Leipzig, Germany
Purple-green leaves of a Coleus sp.
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Cassia alata


Yellow and white flower of the candle bush (Cassia alata), Leipzig botanical garden, Leipzig, Germany
Yellow and white flower of the Candle bush, Cassia alata.

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Crassula perforata


Succulents, Crassula perforata in the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Succulent Crassula perforata reaching for the sky.


Fittonia sp.


White webbed leaves of a Fittonia in the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
White webbed Fittonia leaves


Costus barbatus


Red and yellow flower of the Spiral ginger Costus barbatus in the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
Red and yellow flower of the Spiral ginger, Costus barbatus.
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Dioon edule palm


Core of the Dioon edule palm, Leipzig Botanical Gardens, Leipzig, Germany
A look into the core of a Dioon Edule palm


Echinocactus grusonii cactus


Close-up view of the spines of a large cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, Leipzig Botanical Garden
Close-up of the spines of an Echinocactus grusonii.


Fun fact: The last one, the cactus with the huge spines, we call that one 'Mother in law's chair' in Dutch...

Kinda makes me glad I'm never going to be anybody's mother in law...


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Sources


  1. Universität Leipzig. (2019, October 23). Botanical Garden. Universität Leipzig. Retrieved from https://www.uni-leipzig.de/en/university/structure/museums-and-collections/botanical-garden/.

2 comments:

  1. It’s so beautiful! I especially love the prickly water lily! It just looks so peaceful!

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    1. Thanks Kari! I really loved that water lily too. A bit sad it wasn't in bloom when I was in Leipzig though... Imagine how beautiful that must have been!

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