There are a lot of places that I like to take my camera to, but one of my favorites has to be the Palmengarten (botanical garden) in Frankfurt. It's in the middle of the city and yet you feel like you are eons away. They have an incredible collection of flowers and plants that make it worth a visit and offers great photo opportunities too. Plus, it is a great place to take the whole family!
The Palmengarten (German for Palm garden) was initially founded in 1871 and is one of several projects in the city that have been founded and maintained by the citizens and not by the city itself. The main buildings were built during that time too so it feels like you’ve stepped back in time upon entering the park. Add to that the fact that you can almost hear no cars and airplanes and it is a great place to relax and spend a Sunday.
But of course, the main aspect are the flowers and plants in the garden. The Palmengarten has a vast collection of all types of botanical life from all around the world with some of the newer houses having changing temperatures to accommodate the plants. So even during winter you will be sweating in the tropical forest or feeling a bit chilly in the sub-arctic house.
The great thing about a big botanical garden (think 22has big) is that there is always something to see and they are always trying to have some blooms in every season. But of course, the most breathtaking time of the year are spring and early summer when the garden explodes with colors.
A nice bonus are the special exhibits that happen regularly. For these they will have some special space reserved in the main building and have lots of flowers as well as information and photos about each kind of flower. But the main exhibit – one you should see if you get the chance, is the rose exhibit in June and the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in late April, early May.
Overall, it is a great place to go take some photos and relax. But it is also ideal if you want to do a family outing (at least for the members of your family that like flowers).