Gardens by the Bay – a green oasis in Singapore

The Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore wants to be the greenest metropolis in the world. This interplay of clouds manage to scratch and nature, shows impressively, opened in 2012, Park, Gardens by the Bay.

Flower Dome and Cloud Forest - Gardens by the Bay

Flower Dome und Cloud Forest – Gardens by the Bay

Already in 1971, began in Singapore with the embankment work in the Marina Bay. In September 2006, after an international invitation to tender, got, finally, two architectural firms from England, the contract for your idea. On a part of the sea reclaimed from the genes of the country, in 2012 the 101-acre Park site Gardens by the Bay opened.

With our small tour bus, we arrived at the main entrance of the Park. This is located on the southeastern edge of the Gardens by the Bay. Here you also find the visitor centre, if you have any other required information and tips. You should plan to arrive with public transport, so you need to use the MRT Bayfront stop. This is located below the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel.

The central point of the park is the Supertree Grove (dt. Tree group). Around, created a variety of gardens. So we walked around once in a clockwise direction and crossed, for example, the Chinese, Indian or Malaysian garden. Everything is beautifully designed and the variety of exotic flowers and trees in the Park are unique. Overall, we spent about an hour in to the different gardens. For those in need Gardens by the Bay no admission will be paid. A price of admission is only houses for the two large greenhouses and the OCBC Skyway in the Supertree Grove required.

Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove

The artificial trees are the center of the park Gardens by the Bay. The steel and concrete structures “grow” up to 50 meters in height and are planted with various species of plants. But not only visually, this group of trees is a Highlight. In them will be collected in addition to rain water, a solar system generates electricity and is a part of the cooling system for two greenhouses operated. The power generated is sufficient, for example, for the nightly light show “Garden Rhapsody” (daily 19:45 & 20:45 PM).

Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove

In 22 Meter Höhe wurde mit dem OCBC Skyway a kind of walkway installed. This is open from 9 am to 21 PM and costs 8 SGD (about 5 EUR). Of the 128-metre-long walk-in the way you should have a great panorama of the prudence of the entire Area. It should be noted, however, that only a limited number of persons, the steel is allowed to enter the rope construction. To peak times, such as during our visit, so expect longer waiting times. In the crown of the highest super tree is also available with the IndoChine Bar and Restaurant. For more information, such as opening Hours and offers you can find on the web page.

Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome

My first impression, when Entering the Flower Domethat was the pleasant and cool temperature inside. This is always between 23° – 25°C and is thus nearly ten degrees below the outside temperature. This constant temperature range, it is important that the over 120 million different plants can grow under optimum conditions. So much of the plant comes from Italy, Spain, South Africa or California. In the middle part, the 1.2-hectare Flower Dome held every three months and a changing display. During my last visit in July of 2016, here orchids were presented in all colors and shapes. The diversity was really unique. However, one should not expect, as Europeans, so a lot of “New”. The plant selection was made ehr for the audience from the Asia/tropical room.

Auch wenn man sich nicht so sehr für Pflanzen interessiert, ist ein Besuch des Konservatoriums aus architektonischer Sicht zu empfehlen. So wurde der Flower Dome 2015 in das Guinness-Buch der Rekorde als das weltweit größte Gewächshaus aufgenommen. Atemberaubend, wenn man bedenkt, dass die Außenhaut aus Stahl und 3332 Glaspaneelen, ohne tragende Stützen im Innenraum auskommt.

Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest

More spectacular, I felt personally Cloud Forest (dt. Nebelwald). Dieser ist mit 0,8 Hektar zwar etwas kleiner als der Flower Dome, aber von der Konstruktion nicht wirklich uninteressanter. Gleich im Eingangsbereich stand ich vor einem 35 Meter hohen Berg von dem ein Wasserfall herabstürzte. Mit einem Fahrstuhl fuhr ich anschließend in die sechste Etage. Von dort war es nur noch eine Treppe hinauf auf den “Gipfel”. Hinab ging es dann über mehrere Hängebrücken die sich um den Berg wendeln. Um mich herum entdecke ich immer wieder verschiedene Pflanzen, Farne oder Moose. Eindrucksvoll!

Der Eintrittspreis für beide Gewächshäuser zusammen beträgt 28 SGD (ca. 18 EUR). Geöffnet sind sie täglich von 9 bis 21 Uhr.

Satay by the Bay

Vorbei an den zwei großen Glasdomen führte uns ein asphaltierter Weg direkt entlang der Marina Bay. Auf unserem Spaziergang in Richtung Osten kamen wir nach wenigen Metern am Satay by the Bay vorbei. In diesem Pavillon befinden sich kleine Stände mit allerlei verschiedenen Speisen im Angebot. Insgesamt ähnelt es der alten Markthalle Lau Pa Sat, nur ist Satay by the Bay wesentlich kleiner.

Satay by the Bay

Satay by the Bay

Wir suchten uns aus dem umfangreichen Angebot leckere Satay-Spieße aus. Es gibt sie mit Huhn, Rind oder Riesengarnelen – seine Auswahl kann man beliebig mischen. Dazu wird eine leicht scharfe Erdnusssoße und die traditionellen Beilagen wie Zwiebeln und Gurke gereicht. Haben die geschmeckt! Kurzum, ein Besuch im Pavillon Satay by the Bay und Satay-Spieße können wir euch bei eurer Reise nach Singapur nur empfehlen. Die Öffnungszeiten findet ihr auf der official website.

Tips and information for Singapore

How to get there?

Singapore Airlines* Flies 24 times a week from Germany (Frankfurt 14x, 7x Munich & Dusseldorf 3x) nonstop to Singapore. The route from Dusseldorf is flown with the new Airbus A350. In addition, offers the Lufthansa* Daily direct connections from Frankfurt.

Where you stay well?

The selection of hotels in Singapore is huge, so there are only about forty five-star hotels. the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton Millenia (At Marina BayHotel review) Costs, for example, a room from 340 euros per night. But if you want to stay a bit cheaper, which is certainly about booking portals like Expedia*, Agoda* or Booking.com* Find. Transit passengers Singapore Airlines* Can stay at the "Singapore Stopover Holiday" program from 28 euros per person in a double room (including airport transfers).

How to get around?

Singapore has a very well developed public transport network. The ride on the modern subway (MRT) or a bus is cheap and reliable. Furthermore, a number of taxis in Singapore around the clock go. Note you should here is that in addition to the ticket price (per meter) nor the road toll (ERP - Electronic Road Pricing) is due. Car Rental are also offered, of course. However, we would, and not just because of the left-hand traffic, advise against.

What do I need to enter?

For entry to Singapore are required as a German citizen, only a valid passport at least six months. Upon entry to obtain a residence permit for up to 90 days. Children need their own identity document. More information, especially to the strict customs regulations can be found also on the information side of the Foreign Office.

What about security?

Singapore is considered one of the safest cities in Asia. Finally, the city-state is consistently against crime of any kind, even the supposed "little things" such as throwing garbage in front. Furthermore, the usual precautions against petty crime must be observed.

Which guide Singapore can you recommend?

For the perfect city break in Singapore, we suggest you this guide*. Here you will find not only a detailed map, but also a lot of information to all major attractions.

Participation in the trip was supported by Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Tourism Board. At this point, once again, a heartfelt thanks for the cooperation and support. This contribution represents our independent opinion. For more information about the journalistic independence can be found under the point cooperation.

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Bewertung des Gardens by the Bay in Singapur
  • Supertree Grove
  • OCBC Skyway
  • Flower Dome
  • Cloud Dome
  • Satay by the Bay
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Insgesamt ist der Park Gardens by the Bay auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert! In den kommenden Jahren wird er noch schöner und größer werden. Wenn alle Bäume und Pflanzen weiter so gut gepflegt werden, entsteht hier ein wirkliches Paradies.

Christian

My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2012 I live with my wife Christin in Halle (Saale). When travelling I love flying, discovering good food and drink and spending the night in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always looking for the next adventure. I have been reporting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

2 Responses

  1. Tanja says:

    Hallo, kannst du mir verraten, wie lange man für Gardens by the bay braucht? Ich möchte in beide Dome’s und einen ausführlichen Spaziergang durch den Park machen. Ist 1 ganzer Tag zu viel?

    • Christian says:

      Hi Tanja,
      also das hängt natürlich stark von den Wartezeiten vor den Dome’s ab. An Besuchszeit würde ich pro Dome ungefähr 45 – 60 Minuten einplanen. Insgesamt sollte ein halber Tag ausreichend sein.
      Grüße und viel Spaß in Singapur!

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