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“Commune with artsy, funky plants in a great natural setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten)

Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten)
Altenbergrain 21, Bern 3013, Switzerland
41 31 631 4945
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Ranked #21 of 51 things to do in Bern
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: Affiliated with the University of Bern, these gardens are home to exotic plants from all over the world.
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“Commune with artsy, funky plants in a great natural setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Bern's rose garden gets all the glory, but this less formal, less predictable garden meanders along many pathways right above the edge of the river, and makes a great addition to a leisurely walk along the river. The scale of the plants here is small, not ornamental - think low to the ground and intricate detail - but the entire setting, including the fact that much of the garden is shaded, lends itself to quiet contemplation of nature in a way that Bern's more fussy rose garden does not. If you are a fan of so called "primitive plants" - mosses, ferns and the like, especially ones that grow on rocks, this Botanical Garden should be a must-see, but a whole world (literally) of plant life is represented here. Not surprisingly, there is an impressive collection of alpine plants - a treat for those of us that live in more southerly climates.

Visited August 2011
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