The oldest botanical garden in Germany is redolent with a mind-boggling assortment of global flora – including glasshouses for orchids, cacti and tropical plants – and features 300-year-old lime trees lining an avenue leading to a mausoleum holding the remains of George I of England.

The combination ticket entry includes admission to Grosser Garten and Museum Schloss Herrenhäusen.

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Nearby Hanover attractions

1. Museum Schloss Herrenhäusen

0.16 MILES

The Schloss Herrenhäusen, an early-19th-century palace destroyed by bombing in 1943, reopened in 2013 after being spectacularly reconstructed to the…

2. Herrenhäuser Gärten

0.19 MILES

Proof that Hanover is not all buttoned-down business are the grandiose Baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, about 5km north of the city centre, which…

3. Grosser Garten

0.46 MILES

The jewel in the crown of the Herrenhäuser Gärten is grand both in format and history, having been laid out as a Baroque garden in 1714 under the tutelage…

4. Wasserspiele

0.51 MILES

A highlight in summer, the Wasserspiele are water fountains synchronised to do some spectacular spurting.

5. Wilhelm Busch Museum

0.71 MILES

Contains a wealth of caricature and cartoon art, including works by greats Busch, Honoré Daumier and William Hogarth, as well as British artist Ronald…

6. Kestner Gesellschaft

1.76 MILES

It’s always worth checking listings for the Kestner Gesellschaft. Founded in 1916 to bring innovative artworks from international artists to Hanover, the…

7. Die Nanas

1.92 MILES

When these three earth-mama sculptures were first installed beside the Leine River in 1974, Hanover’s city fathers and mothers were inundated with nearly…

8. Ballhof

2.02 MILES

Originally built for 17th-century games similar to badminton, the Ballhof (1649–64) was modernised inside in the 1970s and today serves as a venue for…