Frankfurt, much like Joburg where I come from, is not at all a tourist’s city. Few people know very much about Frankfurt, and even fewer people have actually spent a good amount of time here. After all, it is a place known for two things: banks and connecting flights. Go figure.
And while I’m very grateful that Frankfurt isn’t overflowing with tacky souvenir shops and selfie sticks, a part of me does feel sad about the city’s underrated reputation. In almost the year that we’ve lived here, Seb and I have fallen in love with Frankfurt. We’ve travelled to many of Europe’s cities now, but coming back to our little metropolis on the Main is always a good feeling. Frankfurt is not an ostentatious place and it’s often not the most exciting place either. It is, however, a city of many treasures if you take the time to look for them.
One of these that I’ll be sharing with you is Palmengarten.
One of two botanical gardens in the city, Palmengarten has delighted Frankfurt’s nature-loving residents for more than 140 years, and is Germany’s largest garden of its kind. What makes Palmengarten really special is its numerous climate-controlled greenhouses; each housing its own particular biome. From grasslands, to tropical rainforest, deserts and more – here you can virtually travel the whole world in less than an hour. I know, I know: 7€ is a lot of money to pay for less than an hour of entertainment. But we’re not done yet.
Once you’ve walked through all the greenhouses, there is still plenty more to be seen outside. Manicured grounds, ponds, water features and cosy corners… In the summer months, Palmengarten is a bustling hotspot of outdoor concerts, picnics and canoodling couples. Not to say that’s it not worth a visit in the colder months too. Seb first went late in Autumn (as you’ll notice in some of the photos) and the season’s colours put on a spectacular display. Plus, the climate control in the greenhouses can be a nice escape from the winter misery. Bleh.
Anyway, I must be off. Before I go though, I’d just like to thank you all for still reading despite the extended silence between posts. I know that lately they have been few and far between. A little counter-intuitive actually, given that this is probably the most exciting time of our lives and there’s so much to write about!
But, you know, life.