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Gliwice Municipal Palm House is located at ul. A. Fredro, in the park Frederic Chopin in Gliwice.
In a modern building with an area of 2000 m2, almost 6000 plants grow, and the oldest specimens are over 120 years old.
The Palm House Gliwice is the third largest building of this type in Poland and has been divided into five thematic pavilions in which, in addition to exotic plants, there are also terrariums with reptiles and leaves, aquariums with turtles and stingrays, and cages with exotic birds.
You can admire citrus and spice plants such as pepper, cinnamon and cardamom as well as exotic palms and cacti, originating in Australia, Africa and the Americas.
The first greenhouses in the Chopin Park in Gliwice were constructed around 1880. The current Gliwice Palm House was founded in 1924 and has been rebuilt several times since.
At the beginning of its activity, among the plants there was also a collection of palms, of which three (Canary Phoenix) still grow in the historical pavilion.
Gliwice The Palm House together with the surrounding park has become the "green lungs" of Silesia. However, war damage did not escape her.
In the winter of 1945, the Palm House Gliwice was devastated, and the frost destroyed almost the entire plant collection. It was reopened in 1947.
The technical condition of the buildings deteriorating over the years has forced the complete modernization of the Palm House.
The area of the Palm House Gliwice has increased after renovation to 2000m2, and the highest pavilion is currently 22 meters high.
The subtropical climate prevailing in this pavilion corresponds to the plants gathered here, whose common feature is their usefulness for man.
We will not notice the impact of seasons on the development of plants here, because the specimens collected in this pavilion do not undergo a rest period. As in nature, the air here is humid and the temperature is quite high. The collected plants form the so-called "Floors", which is a characteristic feature of tropical rainforests. The cascade and small pond add charm to this place, and piranhas, peacock-eyed cichlids and African catfish diversify their stay in the Gliwice Palm House.
The oldest and one of the most magnificent plants of the Gliwice Palm House are gathered here: palm trees - Canary Phoenixes over 120 years old. Papyri and pandans grow here in the ponds.
Here, guests can relax in the gazebo and sit on the benches.
This pavilion maintains low humidity of air and substrate, because all plants present here share a common feature, which is the ability to accumulate water. The cactus family is most frequently represented here - 2000 pieces. There are 8-meter cereuses and several-millimeter litops among them, so-called living stones.
Four freshwater environments and several dozen species of fish are presented here. The largest tank, with a capacity of 60 liters, shows the Amazon environment, the others have a capacity of 000 to 11 liters each.
Species diversity and richness of the South American environment Amazon has fascinated researchers for a long time.
Nowadays, there is a struggle to preserve these "green lungs" of the world.
You can see here exotic arapima, freshwater rays, herbivorous pacu piranhas and redfin catfish.
This is the longest lake in the world and the second largest after Baikal lies in East Africa. His isolation meant that most of the animals that inhabit them are endemic.
The native habitat of many species of fauna and flora shown at the exhibition is to raise the level of awareness and increase the need to care for the natural environment and species occurring in it. You can see, among others, trout, burbot, perch and crucian carp.
Southeast Asia is a green and humid land with a very diverse aquatic environment. Most plants and fish grown in our home aquariums come from Asia.
The "Path of knowledge about exotic plants" program gives the possibility of direct contact with exotic nature.
An interactive educational path has been marked out in the exhibition pavilions and points where you can touch interesting plants have been identified.
After the classes the group receives a certificate.
Facilities for the physically disabled: driveway, elevator, toilet.
Gliwice Palm House - visiting time it's about 1,5 hours
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Gliwice Palm House car park for passenger cars is located near the object, and for buses along ul. A. Fredro.
Gliwice Palm House opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00-18.00