At a glance
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.
The forest botanical garden is open daily:
January, February, November, December: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March, September, October: 9 to 18 o'clock
April, May, June, July, August: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Tours take place every first Wednesday of the month at 14:30 and every third Saturday of the month at 15. The meeting point is the mushroom in the centre of the forest botanical garden.
Guided tours on specific topics (e.g. rhododendrons, wild animals) for groups, school classes and kindergartens are available by appointment.
- Price info Admission is free
- Directions You reach the forest botanical garden:
By bus and train:
City railway line 16, stop Rodenkirchen Bahnhof or Siegstraße (approx. 800 metres on foot to the entrance to the Forstbotanischer Garten)
Bus line 131, stop Konrad-Adenauer Straße
Bus line 135, stop Schillingsrotter Straße
From the military ring road, follow the signs "Forstbotanischer Garten" and the road "Zum Forstbotanische Garten" to the parking lot. From the car park it is about 400 meters on foot to the entrance.
- More info The park is suitable for wheelchair users.
Dogs are not allowed in the forest botanical garden.
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