Rhododendron Park in Bremen, Germany
Henar from WanderWings
46-acre Rhododendron Park in Bremen includes a botanic garden, a butterfly house, Botanika (billed as Germany’s largest nature center), and a stunning collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Originally founded in 1905 in the Osterdeich area of Bremen, the collection remained privately held until 1935, when it transitioned to public property. Shortly afterward, it was transfered to its current location, but it was not considered complete until the 1950s.
Besides the collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, Rhododendron Park is divided into smaller dedicated gardens like the alpine garden, health garden, medicinal and useful plants garden, shade plants, as well as geographical areas with plants from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Balkans, the Americas, and an impressive indigenous flora section, which includes aprox. 1000 species from the northwest of Germany. There is also a bonsai zen garden, a rose garden, and a scent garden. They host seasonal flower flea markets, and it is also home to a well-cared beehive. Locals and visitors alike come to the park to buy the honey they produce.
Admission is free (excepting Botanika) and it is open every day of the year. It can be reached easily from the main train station with the Strassenbahn 4 (direction Borgfeld) to the Bremen Bürgermeister-Spitta-Allee.