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Gardens, Parks
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The Späthsches Arboretum


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The Deserted Room

Luisenst. Canal Gardens

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Körnerpark Gallery

Buddhisti House

Lübars Village Green

Schöneb. Nat. Reserve 

Marienfelde Green

Lions' Bridge

Späthsches Arboretum

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Heerstraße Cemetery

The Späth dynasty of gardeners succeeded in increasing their inheritance and building up a horticultural business of international standing over six generations, from 1720-1944. Franz Späth, the penultimate and most successful in the line of heads of the family increased the acreage of the area that he inherited from his father a hundred times over. The origin and the name of the area Baumschulenweg are due to his influence. According to the plans of the Director of the City Gardens, Gustav Meyer, he made a garden around his house, built in 1874, from which today’s arboretum has developed. It was designed like an English park and served as a garden for the house, an experimental area for the tree nursery and a plant display area for customers. The area, which is a mere 5 hectares, is filled with over 5000 types of plants and is enclosed by unusually narrow paths. The water area and stone garden, only added in 1928/9 are particularly delightful. Gardening skills and the demands of the nursery and plant display area have brought about an unusual intimacy and density. In the 60’s, the house was adapted to an institutional building for the Humboldt University, the damage caused by neglect was rectified, all the plants were provided with labels and the arboretum was opened again to an interested public. Since 1995 a traditional festival takes place in mid- September and on one Sunday a month, during peak times of the growing year, there are concerts and guided tours.






Address: Späthstr. 80/81 12437 Berlin
Tel: +49 030 - 636 69 41 Fax: +49 030 - 636 94 46
Bus, Tube, Tram: S 6, S 8, S 9, S 45, S 46, S 85, S 86 Baumschulenweg; Bus 265, 270
Hours of opening: April - Oct., Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun and Holidays 10.00-18.00