Botanischer Garten Grugapark

Botanischer Garten Grugapark

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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Jim W
Schonaich, Germany2,497 contributions
Sep 2021
I was finally able to return to Essen, Germany for an annual conference that was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID. I deliberately chose the hotel I did because it was right next to the amazingyy peaceful garden of Eden. When I was here in 2019, my wife had to remain in the states to care for her ailing father. He died right before I arrived in Essen. I was so torn up that I walked through this park in an absolute downpour for several hours trying to come to grips with not being able to be there for my wife. Life is that way. I was now able to walk through this park on a warm, sunny day with a different perspective even though we are all still facing COVID. This is literally one of the most beautiful places to simply enjoy the wonderful creations of flora and fauna. This time they had a wonderful exhibit called Fearless Women. Spend time with nature and you will leave here in a peaceful, easy feeling...if I can quote the Eagles.
Written September 12, 2021
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Karin van B
417 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I took the metro to the park. There are 2 stations. From Gruga/Messe West it is only a few steps to the park.
I enjoyed my early morning run here. I could just go through the gate without paying a fee. The park is beautiful! You can walk, run, place. Enjoy the water, statues and nature. For the kids there are trampolines and playgrounds.
You can enjoy a coffee or snack at one of the bistros.
It is nice to walk by the Ronald McDonald Haus designed by the architect Hundertwasser.
There is also a path especially created for wheelchairs/strollers.
Written March 14, 2020
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ACL3112
UK3,385 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Essen was always a green city (even at the time when the coal mines were in operation). There are public parks where you don't pay - and there is the Gruga which is a it special. It' s a man made park, it has been in existence since 1929 and it has been modifed throughout the years. It's open every day of the year, it costs Euro 4 to get in, if you go a lot, it's worth buying a season ticket.
There are two entrances - the one mentioned in Virchowstrasse and another one - which is actually more convenient - in Alfredstrasse. You can get there by public transport, there is an underground station close by. You can just meander through the park, enjoy the many different gardens, there is a little train which will appeal to kids, there is a band stand for concerts in summer and there are lots of special events, it's best to check what's going on.
They used to have lots of animals - over the years attitudes to keep animals in captivity have changed. Over the years there have been changes to reduce the cost of running the park: the tropical plan house has been closed, the aquarium is no more. My regret: there were nice cafes in the Gruga for old fashioned coffee and cake in pleasant surroundings. They have made space for the simpler variety of places offerung food, the elegant restaurants have gone. The Gruga is adjoining the Messehallen (the halls where the various fairs are held in Essen) - if you are visiting a fair, don't miss the park. At the front entrance of the Gruga (Alfredstrasse) is the Gruga Hall which is usd for concerts and other events.
Foodwise: the Wassergarten is a type of beer garden, the Orangerie (near Virchowstrasse) offers food (it gets packed), the Landhaus which offered nice outdoor seating (the interior was gloomy) was closed when we visitet, the tenant had left. There is one other place which is in the spa area (which attracts an additional entry fee).
Having said that - if you want to have a pleasant walk (and if you avoid the weekends where everybody has the same idea) the Gruga is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours.
Written May 10, 2016
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inas123
London, UK42 contributions
Jan 2020
Came here in December which you can imagine quite cold, however still a beautiful walk with children lovely lake , very clean
Written January 8, 2020
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Ruta S
Essen, Germany37 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
If because of any reason you landed in Essen - it is a must to visit Grugapark. All year there is something to see: flowers, birds, some animals. In summer people are coming to take sunbath, in winter / spring Grugapark organizes a week with Light effects. Time to time there are events (classical music).
Grugapark stays my favorite place in the city (entrance price is also ok), strongly recommend!
Written September 23, 2019
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Kukka75
Helsinki, Finland93 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Spent a lovely four hours there. Entrance fee was reasonable, but you needed coins for the trampolines and have to play extra for the train and pony riding too.

Beautiful gardens that I would have liked to explore more, but the kids just wanted to try the different playgrounds which were all very good.

The only disappointment was that the fallow deer park was closed, seemed to be open only on weekends. We could see the deer though, through the fences and gates. The five year old liked the small animal park, the three year old was afraid of the goats.

There's really a lot to see and to do, you could spend the entire day there. The park was easy to get to with U-bahn. There are several entrances, we took the U11 Messe West/Süd/Gruga. There it was a short, well signposted walk from the station.

We also visited the open air swimming pool Grugabad next to the park. It was great, and very cheap with the evening rate. Absolutely loved the huge waves they had from time to time in one of the pools. Jumping platforms were closed (which was unfortunate as my son would have loved to try them, and I would have loved to watch as they had a glass wall on that pool to see how they dive). And for some reason there was no water at all in the kiddie pool, but there was a nice water and sand play area.

In another pool there were slides, not very big but fast, a Wibit track and goals for playing water polo. The water was quite chilly in that pool, the wave pool was nice and warm. It would be great to go back again some day to see the place in full action. On other hand it was a really interesting experience to see the whole place almost completely empty despite excellent weather. I guess Tuesday evenings in term time aren't the most popular times to go swimming.
Written July 27, 2018
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Udo D
Rome, Italy14 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
A very nice park with different areas. The park is now nearly 90 years old and some areas bear witness to its eventful history. The park is particularly impressive when rhododendrons bloom in April / May. Huge and small bushes show the diverse beauty of these plants. Other interesting areas are the small fallow deer park, the allotment gardens, the alpinum with waterfall, the perennial slope and the botanical garden with its beautiful bonsai trees.
Written December 22, 2017
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Adrian P
Retford, UK99 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
Currently commuting to Essen every week and training for a triathlon so wanted to find a pool. Gruga has a superb 50m open air heated pool which is normally open from early May. There is a leisure pool and slides too. Only 3 Euros after 18.15 and open till 20.00.
Written June 6, 2017
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amit himani
London, UK47 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Take U11 tram from HBF and last stop is Messe / Gruga. Walkdown from station to park. There is nominal entry fee of 10 Euros. Here you can relax and enjoy natural beauty. This park is very well maintained and has many things for kids. You can enjoy remote control operated trucks in one of the section and see beautiful garden with lots of flower.
Written August 12, 2015
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Meisenmann23
Essen, Germany4 contributions
May 2013 • Family
This park is very versatile. You have different playgrounds for Kids, a Petting zoo, a small lake where you can walk around, Minigolf, Tennis Courts, a Basketball court, a narrow-gauge railway, a birds park, flower fields and a wide range of green spaces where you an have a picknick and chill out.
Written September 4, 2013
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