Botanische Nacht 2018

Every year in mid July, Berlin’s tranquil oasis in Dahlem is transformed as the Botanic Gardens host the magical event Botanische Nacht. In 2018 the event celebrates its tenth anniversary and will be held this Friday and Saturday from 5pm. The event is one of Berlin’s highlights in the mid summer calendar as the elegant domed glasshouses are illuminated with light, projections and fireworks, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

Botanische Nacht 1 © David Marschalsky

The gardens are divided into ten different themed sections exploring the idea of ‘the search for the light of nature’. The world of ‘Botania’ is created, with fantasy, drama and a cast of quirky and interesting inhabitants, all featured across the ten sections. There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the event and the details on the website about this are only in German so speak to the concierge if you want to find out more about what might be interesting to see. You could choose from light shows, performance art, fireworks of course and there is always delicious food on hand to eat.

Botanische Nacht 2 © David Marschalsky

Botanische Nacht opens at 5pm each day and runs through until 2am. The gardens are home to numerous greenhouses (including the Great Pavilion, the largest glass house in the world) with over 22,000 varieties of plant from across the globe, from rainforests to mountains and everything in between.

Botanische Nacht 4 © David Marschalsky

The Botanical Gardens are located on the south west edge of the city at Königin-Luise-Platz in Dahlem You can find entrances at Königin-Luise-Platz (bus 101 or X83) or on Unter den Eichen (bus M48). Tickets can be purchased here online or on the evening at the gate. Botanische Nacht will be held on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. Doors open at 5pm and the program starts at 5:30pm (Box offices open at 2:00pm on both days at the entrances of the Gardens. Tickets are €35.20 and entry is free for children up to 14 years old (ID cards will be requested).

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.