Palm trees & cacti in the city

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I love discovering places in the city that are off the beaten tourist path. By chance in February, I found out that there is a cactus garden/museum near Zürich lake (Sukkulenten Sammlung, open daily, free to enter). It’s warm and desert-like inside, and you feel as if you’ve been transported to another place. The contrast is especially cool in the winter when you can see snow-covered Alps through foggy windows. Fun fact for cactus lovers: the term “succulents” was first used by Swiss botanists. (see photo below)

If you are not as crazy about cactuses as the rest of Instagram, you can go to the other side of the lake, where you will find the Botanical gardens (Zürich Botanischer Garten, entrance is also free). There you will feel the humid air hit you as soon as you walk in – hello, jungle in the city! It’s a popular spot to read, draw or just hang out, and also happens to be a favorite with local bloggers for the gorgeous light and the cool background. It’s a perfect place for both winter and summer – in the cold months, it’s an escape to a green oasis, while in the warm months you can also walk around the blooming outdoor gardens.

Enjoy the photos below and let me know how you like it if you go there! x

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Photos above were from the Cactus garden, photos below are from the Botanical garden.

Photography by me and Dovile (instagram: @dovile.ch)

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