Kiel University's botanical gardens are about 8 hectares in size with over 14,000 plant species from all over the world. The greenhouses cover over 2000 square metres and each one represents a different climate eg. tropical, mediteranean, rainforest, subtropical and desert. Outside there are areas of heath, moor, dune, salt meadow, pond and mountain as well as rose and flower beds and an arboretum.
Kiel's university has had a botanical garden almost since it was founded. There are records as far back as 1669 of a garden in the Kiel Schloss grounds used for medical degrees. The current garden dates from 1975 when the university campus was created and the gardens were first opened to the public in 1985.