Show houses will remain closed for the time being
Soon the Frankfurters will get back a little bit of normality. On 11 May, the Palmengarten and the Botanical Garden will be reopened to the public. In the case of the Palmengarten, however, this opening is only partial: While the outdoor areas of the Palmengarten will then be accessible, the show houses such as the Tropicarium, the Palm House and the entrance show house will remain closed until further notice for reasons of infection protection. The "Palmenexpress" - one of the highlights of the Palmengarten, especially for children - will also not resume operations for the time being.
"We know that many of our loyal guests have missed visiting the Palmengarten and the Botanical Gardens, especially in the past few weeks," says Frankfurt's Environment Officer Rosemarie Heilig. "But we have made good use of the time. Much was renewed in the Palm Garden. The Oktogonbrunnen fountain shines with new paving and the renovation work on the ring pipe has made great progress. Some of the work will be completed before the opening. Therefore I ask for your understanding that we will wait until 11 May to reopen the fountain. We are looking forward to showing the Palmengarten and Botanical Garden in all their spring splendour then: The trees are in full bloom and the gardeners have just planted the summer flowers.
With the reopening of the Palmengarten, the opening of the new ticket office - including the introduction of a new ticket office system - on Palmengartenstraße is being celebrated at the same time. IMPORTANT: This will remain the only entrance to the Palmengarten for the time being. The turnstiles for self-entry will also remain closed.
"The cashier's office is located outside, here sufficient safety distance can be kept at the entrance", said the director of the Palmengarten, Katja Heubach. "Some of our visitors may have to accept a detour into the garden. I ask for your understanding. But the protection of our guests and our staff is our top priority."
Hygienic instructions in German and English remind in all sanitary facilities and in other places in the gardens of the compliance with the standards to contain the Corona pandemic, says Heubach. The usual entrance fees apply in the Palm Garden. As usual, access to the Botanical Garden is free of charge.
There is good news for holders of annual tickets: Existing annual tickets that could not be used because of the closure will be extended by the period of the closure, i.e. by two months.
Rosemarie Heilig is happy about the reopening, but adds: "However, there will be further restrictions. For example, we unfortunately have to cancel the Rose and Light Festival due to the expected rush this year. There will also be no flower shows or other exhibitions in the galleries of the Palm House until the end of August". It is also unclear whether and how music events can take place in summer. This also applies to the "Green School" programme and all other guided tours and lectures. These offers are also suspended until the end of August until further notice. "We must wait and see how the Corona pandemic develops and the resulting decisions of the state government. Let us remain confident that we will all soon be able to return to our everyday lives".
More info: www.palmengarten.de