The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is a part of the Natural History Museum at the University of Copenhagen.
The Garden holds the largest collections of living plants in Denmark. The Herbarium houses the largest collection of preserved plants in Denmark. In addition it has a spirit collection, a wood collection, an economic botany collection and a seed bank.
Visit the garden
The Botanical Garden attracts both visitors interested in botany and gardening as well as visitors, who are looking for an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Year round it is home to a variety of exhibitions and activities, for example the Palm House, the Butterfly House and guided tours.
The Botanical Garden is filled with beautiful and rare - but also delicate - plants. We have to look out for their best interest, which means that dogs and other pets are not allowed in the garden. Guide dogs may be brought along in the garden and the exhibitions.
Please assist us in guarding our unique plants and trees by following the regulations for garden visits.
- Please do not enter the flower beds or climb the trees
- Bring home a good experience, but leave flowers, seeds, and other plants in the garden.
- Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the garden.
- Bicycles are not allowed in the garden.
- It is allowed to sit on the lawns in selected areas. Please see the overview map of the garden.
- Camp fires, fuel stoves, and barbecues are not permitted.
- Games, athletic exercises etc. are not permitted.
- Push chairs, prams and buggies are allowed in but due to very narrow paths, they are not permitted inside the greenhouses.
The coffee wagon in the Botanical Garden serves refreshments under the open sky, and the opening hours are therefore weather dependent.
Restrooms are located behind the Botanical Garden Shop, next to the main entrance at Nørreport Station. Visitors in the Palm House also have access to toilets in this area.
Most parts of the Botanical Garden are accessible by wheelchair. In the Rock Garden and on the Observatory Hill, you will find steeper slopes where you will need a companion.
Inside the listed Palm House, the accessibility is limited at places, and we recommend that you bring a companion that can assist you at the narrow passageways and through the doors, which separate the climatic zones.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to access the Butterfly House and the lower conservatories in the Palm House complex.
As a private individual, you are more than welcome to take pictures in the garden and inside the green houses. However, commercial photos shoots and videos are not possible.
Please enjoy your own food in sitting zones, but not inside the greenhouses.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to conduct marriage ceremonies in the garden at the moment.
The purpose of the Botanical Garden
The purpose of the Botanical Garden is to add to our knowledge and understanding of the diversity of the vegetable and fungi kingdom, and through that advance the knowledge of plants and fungi and their conservation. Another purpose of the garden is to strengthen the interest in national and global nature values.
Maintaining and developing the scientific collections of living and preserved plants and fungi in line with good, international practice and international conventions.
Making the collections and the information they contain available for research, teaching and public information.
Managing the central library for botanical literature, Botanisk Centralbibliotek.
Carrying out research, mainly in relation to the collections
Participating in the university training within the research fields of the Botanical Garden.
Contributing to conservation of plants and fungi, both nationally and globally
Communicating the knowledge of plants/fungi and encouraging the interest in national and global nature values through exhibitions, activities and events.
The entrance from Øster Farimagsgade is closed
The entrance to the Botanical Garden from Øster Farimagsgade is closed due to the construction of the new natural history museum. Please use the entrance from Gothersgade 128, close to Nørreport Station.