Botanical Garden - Ogrod Botaniczny, Wroclaw
The botanical garden of the university is a green oasis in the middle of the city. It is a place to relax and enjoy nature among the other sightseeing. The gardens are well-kept and have a lage assortment of plants from many parts of the world.
What I loved best was the Arboretum with beautiful large trees of many specieses, cool shady paths which offer new views into other parts of the gardens round every bend, the pond with the fountains, and the nymphaeas. The churches on Ostrow Tumski form an impressive skyline in the background. Everywhere you will find benches, many even with tables, to sit and rest.
The greenhouses are rather small and more designed for scientific purposes than for "looks".
Maybe I had expected more flowers, but mid August after several weeks of summer heat is probably not the best time for that.
The main entrance is from ul. Sienkiewica, where the botanical garden also has its own tram stop (lines 0, P, 9, 17 - there also was a 71 passing and some other lines stop round the corner). Hence it is easy to reach. My advice is, however, to combine it with a visit to Ostrow Tumski. There is a second entrance from the southern side which is hardly 100 metres away from the cathedral.
There is a self-service place to get some coffee, icecream and snacks in the gardens - their outdoor seating is pleasant but be warned, their coffee is really a shame. The Cafe Flora at the western end of the gardens has a wider selection of food and drink and should be a better bet, although the hall they are located in is not as charming.
Opening hours: daily 8.00 - 18.00
Entrance fee: 15 PLN for adults, compared to other attractions in Wroclaw this isn't cheap, but I consider it worthwhile.
Timeframe for your visit: having two hours to play with would not harm, the garden is surprisingly big and varied.
The Botanical Gardens were originally started in 1811 and completed in 1816. They were totally destroyed during WW2 but were carefully reconstructed. The central features are ponds with fountains and a bridge. The gardens contain 11,500 species of plants and cover an area of 7.5 hectares. There are toilets and a small cafe with outside chairs & tables. I have been to a number of botanical gardens and this is one of the best. There are numerous benches, some with tables where a well deserved rest, after a mornings sightseeing, can be complemented by a pinic lunch. These are popular gardens, so quiet can not be guaranteed as there can be groups of school children running around. The gardens are open between April and October and are at their best in spring.
On the Ostow Tumski, the 'island' with all the churches, is the botanical garden of the Wroclaw univeristy. I try to visit botanical gardens when ever I can and this one is very well maintained and laid out. It is a large garden with a lot of smaller 'gardens'. There are glass houses, a few funny bridges, fountains a large pond with Lilies in it and next to it, a lot of hosta's. There are trees and groups of plants from different continents. There is even a garden with fosilized trees and plants. Everything is documented - in Polish - . The only drawback is the traffic noise from the ul. Sienkiewicza: town drag racing seems to be the national sport.
The enterance fee is 7 sloty (less than 2 euro's). There are two gates of which I prefer the south gate. There is a small kiosk with refreshments and some people seem to lunch in the park.
watching the grass growing can also be an activity for some of us.. in the middle of the city, next to the marvelous ancient spot called Ostrow Tumski (one church is visible in the background), one can find one more drop of greenery so typical for this city.. taking a walk in the botanical garden is both a pleasure and adventure.. just a pity.. it's so small... (anyway, too small for me :-)
Next to it, there is also a zoological museum available for visitors.
this picture is taken in the early spring
Lots of plants...ha, I know nothing about plants. In size it compares with Sun Yat-Sen in Vancouver in scope of plantlife I think Allen Gardens in Toronto. Maybe that doesn't help so many people. Good grounds, nice plants. Ok, I'm not a botanist so I'll just say it's a nice place with lots of plants.