In 1666 the House of Welf was in need of a place to grow vegetables and created the Berggarten on a sand dune from the last glacial period (therefore the name ‘mountain garden‘). Later greenhouses were built to grow rice, tobacco and morus plants. Since the year 1750 it is solely a botanical garden and one of the oldest in Germany. It also contains a mausoleum for members of the House of Welf.

The large garden contains many different sections like a heath, a swamp and a tiny bamboo forest. Greenhouses with tropical plants and succulents can be visited – also the largest collection of Orchidaceae in Europe can be found here. For the Expo 2000 world fair a big rainforest house was created here but had to be closed due to high operational costs in 2006. It is now a Sealife aquarium.

The Berggarten is located on the opposite side of the Herrenhäuser Straße when visiting the Großer Garten. The entrance fee is currently 3.50 Euro but it is included in the ticket you can buy at the Großer Garten as it is part of the Herrenhäuser Gärten. You can get here with U-Bahn 4 and 5, the stop is called ‘Hannover Herrenhäuser Gärten‘.

Herrenhäuser Gärten
Herrenhäuser Str. 4
30419 Hannover

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