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Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid

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Set in the heart of the city, Real Jardín Botánico maintains 90,000 plants and flowers,1,500 trees and the largest herbarium in Spain. Began originally as Kind Ferdianand the IV’s private botanical garden for unique species from Spain’s colonies, the garden specializes in researching botany, so you’ll find the names of all the plants on the Terraze de la Escuelas Botanicas. For simple aesthetics, stop at La Terraza de los Cuadros, where you’ll find a large collection of ornamentals. Make Real Jardín Botánico a centerpiece of your Madrid vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Madrid itinerary builder.
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  • It's worth popping in here of you're nearby - although it is 4 euros per person entry - as it is a prett place for a stroll.  more »
  • We visited here by accident. Thought we were at Retiro park which is excellent. Can't say the same for the botanical gardens. Very little in bloom. Areas looked like they needed attention. No vine ove...  more »
  • This is quite a big garden with a good variety of plants, flowers and trees. There is information in English for most things. There is also an exhibition hall onsite that host various works from vario...  more »
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  • When u hear the word botanical u have an amazing vision in your mind. Well this was so disappointing and not worth the money spent on the visit. Its nothing special. I've visited many botanical gardens and thus was by far the greatest disappointment of them all. Dont waste your time or money going in there. Its just hedges and paths and nothing great. Even the duck pond was filthy and smelled real bad.
  • A whiff of fresh air in an otherwise very busy area. The contrast between the heavy traffic outside the garden and the peace and quiet inside is striking. I particularly loved to watch the diverse wild life taking refuge in that little corner of heaven,
  • Beautiful botanical garden. Big varity of common edible plants on display as well as flowers. The mood is very relaxing, hard to believe you are next to one of the busiest avenues in Madrid. Entrance fee 4 euros.
  • Nice Botanical garden... well maintained and has a good vibe to come to rest. Also very nice guides who make sure you can learn something new ;-)
  • Certainly some lovely vegetation...even for the casual observer like muself. Spring is an amazing time of year to check it out...tulips in bloom....not too hot. Be sure not to miss the pair of greenhouses tucked away near the restrooms, and also climb the several flights of stairs that hover over the greenhouses to get the full expwrience. This place is attached to the Prado Museum, so it's fairly feasible to do both on one day.

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