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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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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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  • Very nice place for picnics ;-) good for jogging & cycling around,too! Come by in summer days for nice photos;-)  more »
  • The season was perfect it was spring and the flowers were blossoming, the whether also helped a lot 25º C and sun shine!  more »
  • We walked through the garden with several examples of typical danish nature; heaths, meadows, coasts etc. Indoors we took a trip around the world in typical enviroments. Animals? Well, yes - butterfli...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Wonderful and free. If you are in Den Gamle By, take a minute to go to the Botanical Garden.
  • Free, but small. So nice if you are off fore a short time