Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, Aarhus

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Aarhus Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Aarhus, Denmark. It is located north of the Old Town open-air village museum and was founded in 1875. Nowadays it covers an area of 21.5ha, with 5ha for the Old Town.The park was originally created primarily as a botanical and academic study-ground in relation to Aarhus University and provides an attraction of interest to those who wish to inspect the thousands of plant species on display here. All are labelled in both Latin and Danish. The landscape is quite varied and includes a large greenhouse center; originally from 1970 by C. F. Møller Architects, but with a newly added tropical hothouse. The gardens have an open-air amphitheatre, two small ponds, a children’s playground and the large lawns are popular with picnics, gatherings and events of all kinds year round.The greenhouses has been heavily renovated from 2011 to late 2014 and a large tropical dome was added, amongst other facilities. The project was budgeted at 65 million DKK and realized in a cooperation between Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus University and Realdania, with C. F. Møller Architects as architectural designers.Budget cuts, change of status and the futureAarhus municipality have found large parts of the botanical gardens too expensive in upkeep and manpower for several years. It was decided to stop the upkeep of the large rose gardens and the arboretum at one point and thereby end the park's status as a botanical garden, but civil protests postponed the city councils decisions for some years. In 2011 a group of citizens founded the non-governmental organization Friends of the Botanical Gardens and by 2012, they are now in charge of the daily chores of maintaining the rose gardens and arboretum, working for free. Aarhus University also took over part of the responsibility from Aarhus Municipality, through the Science Museums which operates the greenhouses.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The greenhouses here are worth their own visit - full of fascinating plants, well-designed displays and in the domed greenhouse, butterflies.Very kid-friendly - there were lots of families exploring.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Arhus botanical gardens can be visited free of charge. Always! Here a lot of information about Denmark, the consumption and production of various types of agricultural crops and products, livestock, medicine and much more. Greenhouses are unbelievable! In General, pretty typical Danish greenhouses (in Copenhagen, for example, the same thing). Very cool there! Climb under the roof can be:) AND BUTTERFLIES! A lot and not very timid-you may want to consider in detail. Toilets deserve special attention: you can choose which surrounded by a need:)
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  • August 16, 2017
    While we waited for the catamaran we took the opportunity to have coffee here. The environment was peaceful and the cookies were delicious. Then went for a ride in the greenhouses and the large "globe" with butterflies appealed to us all. A ride in the Park then was very relaxing. A nice park to visit.
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  • June 18, 2017
    Beautifully planned, species from all continents can be found. Descriptions of different varieties of the corps with specimen and history nicely depicted. A must visit for students.
  • April 19, 2017
    A good place to visit in Aarhus. Especially on cold, rainy and windy weather. It's entertaining if you are in botanical stuff or be around plants.
  • April 23, 2017
    Botanical Garden is a huge park located in central Aarhus near "den gamle by". The park is beautiful and full of lots of open areas, opportunity for picnics and in general just the beautiful nature. Definitely worth a visit
  • June 8, 2017
    Wonderful and free. If you are in Den Gamle By, take a minute to go to the Botanical Garden.
  • June 5, 2017
    Free, but small. So nice if you are off fore a short time

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For a price, you can stay close to the main sights of this charming city at one of the many hotels located in Aarhus' historical old town. While it may feel like a romantic small town with its cobbled streets, accommodations here, especially centrally located options or hotels along the marina, are just as expensive as in many other Scandinavian cities. Moderately priced hotels and hostels are limited, so if you are traveling on a budget, book early at a spot outside the city center. For nature lovers passing through the city, there are also campgrounds located near Aarhus in the beautiful surrounding forests.
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