Gothenburg Botanical Garden

I first visited Gothenburg Botanical Garden when I was in the city in December 2004. When I returned to the city in August 2016, I thought I’d like to see the garden in the Summer.

I decided to walk the two miles to the botanical garden from my city center hotel, the Royal Gothenburg.

There is a voluntary admission fee of SEK 20 (around £1.80)  to the garden. My Gothenburg City Card gave me free admission to the garden and to the greenhouses, which charge an additional SEK 20 to enter.

Upon arrival I had a seat by the pond.

gothenburg botanical garden pond

Will Becker’s ‘Origin of the Species’ sculpture sits in the pond.

gothenburg botanical gardens origin of the species sculpture

There’s also a fountain in the pond.

gothenburg botanical garden fountain in pond

A bat sculpture adorns the roof above the entrance to the greenhouses.

gothenburg botanical gardens entrance to greenhouses

The greenhouses are home to more than 1,500 orchids.

gothenburg botanical garden disa house

I almost didn’t bother going into the Succulent House, as cacti aren’t my cup of tea,

gothenburg botanical garden succulent house

But the collection in the Gothenburg Botanical Garden was interesting.

gothenburg botanical garden cacti

I liked the hanging pink flower below which was in the Tropical House.

gothenburg botanical garden tropical housejpg

Close to the greenhouses is a large marble tulip shaped drinking fountain.

gothenburg botanical garden marble fouintain

I had an all too brief seat in the Mansion Garden, before it was time to head back to the city center.


gothenburg botanical gardens mansion garden

I could have happily spent another couple of hours at the botanical garden. But I got a bit lost on my walk there, and the museums which I wanted to visit shut at 5pm.

The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is open every day from 9am until sunset. The greenhouses are open 10am to 5pm from May to August and 10am to 4pm from September to April.

My stay in Gothenburg was organised by the West Sweden Tourist Board.