The Botanical Garden of the University of Heidelberg, one of the oldest in Germany, was originally established in 1593 as a "hortus medicus" for the cultivation of medical herbs.
Nowadays this institution is important for the plant biology and its main functions are scientific (conservation of plant diversity) and educational (students and public). The greenhouses contain unique plant collections (e.g. Old and New World succulents, bromeliads and orchids).
Walking along the outdoor sections visitors may enjoy interesting plants of different vegetation like raised bog, heath bog, alpine garden, fern ravine, inland dune, weedy vineyard as well as a "systematic section".