Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)

The Botanical Museum, part of the BGBM, houses the herbarium and library.


Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
14195 Berlin

How to get there

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Public transport

Four networks are available:

S-Bahn Fast connection with the city centre, northern Berlin and with the regional railway station "Wannsee". Operating at 10 minute intervals. The closest stations are "Rathaus Steglitz", in the Albrechtstrasse, and "Botanischer Garten", in the Enzianstrasse.

U-Bahn Fastest connection with the west-city and the railway station "Zoologischer Garten". Operating at 2-5 minute intervals during daytime, at 5-10 minute intervals in the evening and on weekends. The station closest to the Wirtschaftshof is "Rathaus Steglitz" (U9). The stations "Breitenbachplatz", "Podbielskiallee" and "Dahlem-Dorf" (in the Koenigin-Luise-Strasse) (U1) and "Rathaus Steglitz" are in about equal distance from the Museum.

Buses There is a dense network of about 160 routes, operating mostly at ten-minute-intervals Mo-Fri during daytime, and every 20 or 30 minutes in the evening and on weekends. A few buses run all night. Maps are available at U-Bahn station "Rathaus Steglitz".

Tram The eastern part of Berlin has a tramway system of about 40 routes.

Fares A single trip transfer-ticket is € 2.10, valid on all four networks and for any distance within the agglomeration, allowing one-way trips only (note changed rules by 1 April 2004!). Cheaper whole-day tickets, more-days-tickets, short-distance tickets or passes for one month are also available. Information at U-Bahn station "Zoologischer Garten" and "Rathaus Steglitz". For bulky luggage an extra fee is required.

Tickets are available at automatic ticket vending-machines at each S- and U-Bahn station, at counters of the larger stations, and at some newspaper shops. On busses single trip transfer tickets are available, for the trains tickets have to be bought in advance. You may need small change, not bigger than € 10.

Operating hours for most connections are about 4.30 a.m.-1.00 a.m. On Friday night and Saturday night the U-Bahn is operating until ca. 1 a.m. A few nightbuses (N) run from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

For more information see the timetables available in main stations of U- and S-Bahn. A route network plan, detailed passenger information as well as a journey planner are available on the following website:

Next S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations: S-Bahnhof Rathaus Steglitz / U-Bahnhof Rathaus Steglitz. From there it is an about 15 minute walk, or take the Bus No X83 to Königin-Luise- Str. Botanischer Garten (direction Königin-Luise-Str./Clayallee).

U-Bahn Breitenbachplatz or Podbielsky Allee or Dahlem-Dorf. From there it is an 10 minute walk, or from underground station Dahlem-Dorf take the Bus No. X83 to Königin-Luise- Str./Botanischer Garten (direction Marienfelde/Nahmitzer Damm or Lichtenrade) Next mainline station and underground station is Hauptbahnhof. From there the S-Bahn can be taken to Zoologischer Garten or Friedrichstrasse.


Tegel For public transport there are two possibilities. The first one gives you a view of the western city center of Berlin. The second one avoids the crowded city centre.

  1. Take buses No. 109 or X9 to "Zoologischer Garten", change there to the U-Bahn U9 to "Rathaus Steglitz". Continue as above.

  2. As 1, but change to the U-Bahn at Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, only few stops from the airport. Take line U7 in the direction Rudow, until station "Berliner Strasse". Change there for the line U9 to "Rathaus Steglitz". Continue as described above. This connection is faster during rush-hour.

  3. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi (longer during rush hours) to get to the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum.

Schönefeld You can walk (about 10 minutes) to the S-Bahn station "Schoenefeld" or take the shuttle bus to the station. Take the S-Bahn S9 (direction Westkreuz) or the Schönefeld Airport Express until "Zoologischer Garten", there change to the U-Bahn U 9 to "Rathaus Steglitz". Continue as


Tempelhof Take the U-Bahn U6 (direction Alt-Tegel) at "Platz der Luftbruecke" until "Friedrichstrasse", there change to the S1 (direction Wannsee or Potsdam) to "Rathaus Steglitz". Continue as above.

Taxi fares to the Botanic Gardens (rates February 2005*)


Tegel Airport: up to 30.- €; Tempelhof Airport: 25.- €; Schoenefeld Airport 35.- €

Railway Stations

Hauptbahnhof: 35.- €; Berlin-Friedrichstrasse: 35.- €; Berlin-Lichtenberg: 35.- €; Berlin- Wannsee: 20.- €; Potsdam: 25.- €.

*Please note that these are approximate amounts; fares might increase by about 20% during rush hours when arriving by train From Hauptbahnhof there are two ways to reach the BGBM.

Via Zoologischer Garten at Hauptbahnhof please change the track to the S-Bahn and take S-7 (direction Grunewald and Wannsee), S-5 (direction Westkreuz), S-9 or S-75 (direction Spandau) to Zoologischer Garten. From there the U-Bahn (line U9) can be taken to Rathaus Steglitz. From here it is an about 15 minute walk, or please take the Bus No X83 to Königin-Luise-Str./Botanischer Garten (direction Königin-Luise- Str./Clayallee).

Via Friedrichstrasse at Hauptbahnhof please change the track to the S-Bahn and take S- 7 (direction Ahrensfelde), S-5 (direction Strausberg-Nord), S-9 (direction Schönefeld) or S-75 (direction Wartenberg) to Friedrichstrasse. From there the S-Bahn S-1 can be taken to Rathaus Steglitz. From here it is an about 15 minute walk, or please take the Bus No X83 to Königin-Luise-Str./Botanischer Garten (direction Königin-Luise- Str./Clayallee).

When arriving by car

When arriving by car on the "Autobahn" the easiest way to the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum is to exit the Berlin Autobahn circle (Berliner Ring) at exit Drewitz (near Potsdam), continue on the Autobahn until exit Zehlendorf, then turn right. From Zehlendorf follow the main road for about 10 km (and many traffic lights!) until near a black multi-story building, the "Steglitzer Kreisel". Keep to the left of this building (Schlossstrasse) and turn left at the first traffic lights past it (Grunewaldstrasse). To get to the Wirtschaftshof, take the first street on the left (Rothenburgstrasse) and turn right at its end (Am Fichtenberg). The entrance is on the left after ca. 100 m. To get to the Museum and Herbarium building, follow the Grunewaldstrasse, then Koenigin-Luise-Strasse for about 1 km. It is the red brick building on the left hand, just before the fourth traffic light.

Leaving the Berliner Ring from other places is not recommended unless you are arriving from the north: You should leave the Berliner Ring at Dreieck ranienburg and continue south. At Kreuz Reinickendorf turn right (direction Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf). Do not go straight ahead! At Kreuz Charlottenburg turn right (direction Wilmersdorf) and go straight ahead at Dreieck Funkturm (direction Wilmersdorf, Schoeneberg). After 900 m you will get to Kreuz Wilmersdorf. From this place you can see three large chimneys in front of you. Turn right(direction Steglitz), follow the Autobahn and take exit Breitenbachplatz immediately after you pass under a multi-storey residential building. Turn right at the second traffic light (Breitenbachplatz). At the end of the square take the first road to the left (Englerallee). It is a wide road with a verge in the middle. When you get to the next traffic lights, you will see the Museum and Herbarium, a red brick building, on the opposite left side. If you want to go to the Wirtschaftshof, turn left (Koenigin-Luise-Strasse, then Grunewaldstrasse) and continue until the third traffic light. There turn right (Rothenburgstrasse), and turn right at the end (Am Fichtenberg). The gate of the Wirtschaftshof is on the left after ca. 100 m.

Note: For those familiar with Berlin, shortcuts are possible, which are not mentioned here since they are not easy to find.

Upon arrival

Please ask the door-keeper to call the staff member expecting you. Unless otherwise arranged, he/she will be awaiting you in the Museum building during presence hours (9.30-15.00 h.).


List of Hotels in the vicinity of Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum

Ravenna Hotel
Grunewaldstr. 8-9
12165 Berlin
phone: +49 30 79091100
fax: +49 30 792 44 12
Best Western Hotel Steglitz International
Albrechtstr. 2
12165 Berlin
phone: +49 30 79001050
fax: +49 30 792 44 12
Hotel am Forum Steglitz
Büsingstr. 1
12161 Berlin
phone: +49 30 850 80 40
fax: + 49 30 859 22 98
Artus Hotel Berlin
Bundesallee 36/37
10717 Berlin
phone: +49-30-86004-0
Fax +49-30-86004-211
Hotel Pension Dahlem
Unter den Eichen 89A
12205 Berlin
phone: +49 30 831 10 50
Fax: +49 30 831 49 28

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