Of glass and steel: Berlin Botanical Garden

Photo Catherine Gras

The present Berlin Botanical Garden, located in the south of the city, was established at the end of the 19th century to collect and study plants from the German colonies and other parts of the world. It replaced the botanical garden in the Lustgarten in the centre of the city, on the Museum Island.

It is a very large garden, over 43 hectares in size. Renovation work is currently underway, but you can visit it!

I was attracted to the greenhouses, the main one (Große Tropenhaus, Viktoriahaus) is impressive: 25 m high, 30 m wide and 60 m long, it is said to be the largest in the world. An impressive construction of glass and steel!

Very impressive:

The greenhouse complex was completed in 1907, the largest of which was designed by Carl David Bouché, a German botanist who was in charge of the garden’s collections and above all a specialist in greenhouse culture.

Some of the species that grow there are said to be over 150 years old! The complex is made up of numerous greenhouses that are connected to each other to offer a journey between different ecosystems, from the most arid to the most humid.

The central part is a mixture of rectangular, triangular and rounded shapes.

The structures of the greenhouses are similar and yet different, so remember to look up!

A little further away is another greenhouse with a different architectural style, but still made of glass and steel. Here we find the Mediterranean species.

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