About us

Hard to imagine that the land on which the Biosphäre Potsdam is located today was formerly a military area. Especially for the Federal Horticultural Show 2001, the former military training ground was dug up, planted, remodeled. After the federal horticultural show it was renamed the Volkspark Potsdam.

The building which was used during the federal horticultural show went under construction and opened as a tropical garden named “Biosphäre Potsdam” on 14 September 2002.

More than 150 trees were ordered and shipped to Germany from various arboriculture farms in Florida, southern Europe and New Zealand. Due to the right heating and watering, the plants can unfold their full splendor in our latitudes.

The Biosphäre Potsdam is an important venue with changing special exhibitions and guided tours on the topic of rainforest. The Biosphäre Potsdam is the ideal place to get to know the rainforest outside the classroom.


  • Area of ​​the tropical rainforest: approx. 5000 m²
  • Height of the hall: 24 m
  • Approximately 20,000 magnificent tropical plants
  • Around 130 different species
  • The Biosphäre Potsdam is a wonderful destination for visitors with learning, sight, hearing and mobility restrictions



2001 - Construction of the flower hall as part of the Federal Garden Show

2002 - conversion of the hall into a tourist destination

14.09.2002 - Opening of the Biosphäre Potsdam

2004 - First orchid blossom exhibition

May 2009 - Opening butterfly house

2009 - Millionth visitor to the Biosphäre Potsdam

2012 - Exhibition "Animalympia - Records in the Animal and Plant Kingdom"

2013 - Opening underwater wold Aquasphäre

2013/14 - Exhibition "Dinofieber"

2015 - Exhibition "Carnivorous plants - clever hunters"

2015 - Exhibition "Biosphere - Ingenious Nature"

2016 - Millionth visitor to the butterfly house

2016 - Two millionth visitor to the Biosphäre Potsdam

2017 - Special orchid exhibition "Cattleya - Die Königin der Orchideen"

2018 - New exhibition pavilions for the permanent exhibition "Biosphäre - Geniale Natur"

2018 - Renovation and expansion of the butterfly house

2019 - Exhibition "Erlebniswochen Wunderwesen Schmetterling"

2019 - Exhibition "Mein Schwarm: Die Biene"

2019 - Moving in of the common marmoset pair Manfred & Marianne