Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
Outdoor garden is closed 23.6.–15.8.2014 because of maintenance. The entrance on Unioninkatu is also closed. Glasshouses and café Viola are open as usual, entrance via Kaisaniemenranta 2.
Wintertime (1.1.–31.5. and 1.9.–31.12.)
Outdoor garden is closed 23.6.–15.8.2014 because of maintenance. The entrance on Unioninkatu is also closed. Glasshouses and café Viola are open as usual, entrance via Kaisaniemenranta 2. Normally the outdoor garden is open every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Exceptional opening hours
|Epiphany Eve||5.1.2014||Open 10–16|
|Maundy Thursday||17.4.2014||Open 9–16 (no extended hours)|
|Easter Saturday||19.4.2014||Open 10–16|
|Easter Sunday||20.4.2014||Open 10–16|
|Easter Monday||21.4.2014||Open 10–16|
|Ascension day||29.5.2014||Open 10–16 (no extended hours)|
Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.
Free entry on the last two opening hours (16-18 during winter and 15-17 during summer) of the first Thursday of every month.
Basic fees 2014
|Discount groups||4 €|
|Children 7–17 years|
|Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service|
|Employees of the University of Helsinki|
|Free entrance - free, report at the ticket office|
|Children under 7 years (except in groups)|
|Assistants for the disabled|
|ICOM card holders|
|Biology students of Helsinki University|
|Teachers when planning their school class visit|
|Members of Kasvitieteellisen puutarhan ystävät ry|
|Personal season ticket, Luomus (valid for 12 months)||40 €|
|Personal season ticket, Kumpula Garden
(valid for May-September 2014)
|Family ticket (for children and adults)
Max 2 adults and 4 children
|Groups of 10 or more adults||4 €/person|
|Kindergarten and other groups of children
Fee is collected from all group members (also under 7 year olds) exept from the group instructors
|Guided groups booked in advance Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance||4 €/person|
The Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is located in Kaisaniemi, in the centre of Helsinki. The garden has two entrances: one on Unioninkatu 44 and the other on Kaisaniemenranta 2. The distance from the central railway station is approximately 600 meters.
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Trams 1, 1A, 3B, 3T, 6, 7A, 7B, 9 and many buses travel through Unioninkatu. The Hakaniemi and Kaisaniemi metro stations are located a few minutes’ walk from the Unioninkatu entrance.
Both garden entrances have bicycle stands.
The garden does not have parking space reserved for visitors. You can park on the Kaisaniemenranta street, on the garden’s side. There is also a parking lot near the restaurant Kaisaniemi, in the intersection of Kaisaniemenranta and Kaisaniementie streets.
For parking buses, we recommend two options:
- Kaisaniemenranta (Near the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden)
- Mikonkatu, in front of the Grand Casino (so called Fennia house) (By the Rautatientori)
You can buy hot and cold beverages, sweets, ice cream, plant themed literature and small souvenirs from the shop at the cash desk.
Cash desk inquiries: 02941 24455 (during opening hours)
Cloakroom and safety boxes
Cloakroom and safety boxes with locks can be found behind the cash desk in the entrance lobby. We’ve also reserved three carts with locks for backbags for groups to use. Toilets are located right next to the coat racks.
Take off extra layers of clothes before going into the glasshouses! The temperature varies from 15-25°C. The air is also very humid. Leave your jumper on the coat rack and dive into the warmth of the tropics!
Eating and refreshing
Eating packed lunch is possible in the cash desk lobby and on the glasshouse benches. You can also have a picnic on the garden lawn. Be careful of the plantings. You must clean up after yourselves. When packing lunch, one is advised to adhere to sustainable values by using few packaging materials!
You can buy hot and cold beverages, sweets, ice cream, plant themed literature and small souvenirs from the shop at the cash desk. The café Viola in the Kaisaniemi garden is open year-round.
Taking pictures and filming
You may take pictures for your own use. If you intend to publish any pictures, you must mention the location. Taking pictures for commercial use must be discussed beforehand.
Touching the plant collections and taking parts of plants home is forbidden. Some of the plants in the collections are poisonous and some cause irritation.
Riding a bicycle, jogging, walking a dog (excluding guide dogs), swimming and being drunk in the garden is not allowed.
The outdoor garden and glasshouses are accessible to the disabled. Please note that the historical glasshouses have narrow hallways and doorways. They’re accessible to people with normal sized pushchairs and wheelchairs, but not accessible with twin pushchairs for example. The glasshouse building also has a stairless entrance, an accessible toilet and a nursery room.
For the visually impaired customers we’ve built a sensory garden in the outdoor garden, where the plant labels are written also in braille. The sensory garden gives joy to other customers as well with its smells and the freedom to touch.