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Botanischer Garten der Universitat

Schonbeinstrasse 6, Basel 4056, Switzerland
+41 (0)61 / 267 35 19
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Ranked #14 of 80 Attractions in Basel
Type: Gardens
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Handily located right next to the Spalentor, they're easy to find. We enjoyed looking around the glasshouses. Beware that although in summer months the gardens are open until 6pm, the glasshouses except the Victoria-Haus close at 5pm. Great free attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

As a serious botanical garden visitor, I had high expectations for these gardens based on other travelers' reviews. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Parts of the grounds were not open. Other parts seemed to need attention. I was there on Saturday morning (it was open), but the experience was not fulfilling.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

When you walk in the first door, be sure to check out the catepillar exhibit if it is still there. I spent a few minutes just watching how much these citters could eat in very little time. Once you walk into the main greenhouse the humidity hits you right in the face, but you'll forget about that once you see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This free garden is in the heart of Basel and the green house is the perfect place to warm up on a cold day! There are tropical birds flying free and the orchids in flower are displayed in the foyer where you must smell them and enjoy their exotic perfumes. There are also excellent displays of plants from across the... More

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Basel, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Botanischer Garten der Universität is near (almost next to the old city) and we can relax with the tropical trees in the warm greenhouse.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The gardens were opposite our hotel so I popped in one sunny afternoon for a visit. The hot-house was a real treat, with small tropical birds calling out and swooping between the lush greenery. There are glass houses filled with cactii and another devoted to water-loving plants, with little fish and small reptiles. The gardens are quite small but are... More

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Sao Paulo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Nothing much but worth the visit. All specimens were carefully labeled, and things are very tidy. I would recommend a stroll.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

A mini "Kew Gardens" in the heart of Basel... next to the Spalentor impressive medieval gate , and close to a nice park where you can relax and have a picnic. Visit the different green houses, try to spot the turtlesm frogs and exotic birds in the tropical forest ! It's free and it's worth the visit.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A lovely and quiet garden in the middle of Basel. Special rare plants from all over the world. In the big greenhouse there are rare birds and reptiles also.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Every trip to Basel we visit the Botanical Gardens. The outside gardens offer a delightful stroll though a unique variety of plants, including sequoia trees. However the variety of plants in the hot houses are perhaps the most impressive. Separate houses showcase a multitude of plants from different regions in the world. It's a joy to wander around a view... More

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