The Hebrew University Jerusalem Botanical Garden is a hidden paradise not well known amongst locals nor amongst visitors. The Jerusalem Botanical Garden is located near the university’s Givat Ram Campus and not far from the Children Science Museum. In the gardens, you can find a very large (in Israeli terms) garden that hosts more than 10,000 plants from all over the world.
The garden is organized by the continents of origin of the plants and is especially beautiful in the early spring (end of February till April) starting with a beautiful Japanese cherry blossom and showing all the local flowers at their best.
At the heart of the garden is a large lake and water system. The site is accessible by wheelchair but please note that it is very hilly. On busy days an internal shuttle (train style) operates and there are often craft workshops for the children. The Botanic Garden Website has details (Hebrew only)
On other days this is a great place for small children to run around in a safe environment whilst the adults enjoy the flowers. Older children will not find a lot here to interest them.
For more pictures of the Botanic Garden see our Botanic Garden Photo Album.
There is a popular café and restaurant by the lake. It has a magnificent location although it would not be our first choice.
The garden is open every day and is suitable for a Saturday morning stroll in a city that is almost completely closed on the weekend, but it is not suitable for the religious audience as there is charge of a small entry fee for the gardens. For the religious audience we recommend the Islamic Art Museum which does not charge a fee on Saturdays. (Islamic Art Museum Website)