Forstbotanischer Garten


The Forstbotanischer Garten garden in the southern Cologne borough of Rodenkirchen specialises in sylvan botany. Established in 1964, it is set over a good 25 hectare. With over 3,000 species of groves, the garden boasts an extraordinary large diversity of species, some of which are foreign groves.

Cedars and redwoods from Northern America are spread on a one-and-a-half-hectare forest ground. Particularly charming is the Japanese section with uncountable azaleas, peonies and Katsura trees. The garden’s military past can be recollected when viewing the Rhododendron Canyon. Until the end of World War I, the area was part of the ”Äußerer Festungsring Köln”, the outer ring of fortresses that surrounded Cologne. It was used as an infantry base. Remaining segments were integrated into the plantings as a rocky garden.

In the south, the adjacent Friedenswald, “Forest of Peace”,   invites to a botanic tour of the world. Germany’s world-wide diplomatic relations are represented by plants growing in the matching countries.


General Information

  • Parking Available


  • for Groups

  • for families

  • for individual guests

Payment Options

Entrance Free


The walk from the Siegstraße stop (Tram: 16, 17) to the Forstbotanischer Garten takes about 9 minutes.

More information

Dogs are not allowed in the forest botanical garden.


KölnTourismus GmbH

Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln

+49 221 34643 0


Forstbotanischer Garten

Schillingsrotter Straße 100
50996 Köln

+49 (0)221 354 325

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