Hortulus gardens – fantastic place in Pomerania
If you are planning a stay in Western Pomerania, make a note of this place: the Hortulus Gardens in Dobrzyca, about 20 kilometers west of Koszalin. It's a great place for people looking for relaxation in silence and greenery, but also for families with children. How it's possible that everyone will find something for themselves there? We invite you to read 🙂
We rarely, far too rarely visit Pomerania. As a rule, we do not go to the Baltic Sea from May to October, and this is when it is the most beautiful and most happening there: events, concerts, picnics, it is blooming, green, warm. And yes, that's also when there are the most tourists… And that's exactly when it's hardest to find accommodations, so we let it go.
However, recently it was different. We took a longer route doing a loop: Poznań-Majaland-Szczecin-Reval-Koszalin-Poznań. And that's the title Hortulus Gardens were one of several places that delighted us the most, and this despite the fact that we visited them during the peak season.
In this post we will show you what you can do in two gardens (yes, there are two facilities here, with separate entrances: Hortulus Theme Gardens i Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens), whether they are suitable for children, when to come, how much it costs and where to spend the night in the area, in other words, everything you need to know in order to plan well a whole day at the Hortulus gardens. Yes! The whole day, because the objects are so large and so interesting that 2-3 hours is definitely not enough (by the way, also according to the suggestions of the object, it is worth spending 3,5 to 5 hours on both parks, and according to us even more 😉 ).
Hortulus Gardens on film
Before we get to the description of the Hortulus Gardens, we also recommend you our 🎬 YouTube video Hortulus Gardens in Dobrzyca. We invite you to take a virtual walk through the Gardens:
To begin with the most important: writing gardens we mean two separate facilities: Hortulus Thematic Gardens and Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens. Although they are quite close to each other, if you decide to see both, the route between them is by car (mainly because the entrances are on the outer sides).
What are the differences? Which to choose? We write about the differences below describing each of these gardens in detail, but we won't tell you which one to choose. In our opinion, it is worth entering both! These are different facilities, hiding many interesting places. We recommend that you first take a look at the Theme Gardens to leave more strength at Spectabilis, where there is more walking.
Hortulus Theme Gardens
For us, these gardens are a trip around the world! There are several dozen (!) of the smaller gardens, and many of them refer to different corners of the Earth.
And not only in terms of vegetation. The different parts are interestingly arranged, there are many decorative elements such as statues, benches, bridges, gazebos or ponds. We can feel like we are in Japan thanks to the intense red bridge, the bells, the Tori gates, the Buddha statues and we can, in an instant, move to Barcelona, to Gaudi's Garden with its mosaic-decorated elements.
Visitors are enchanted by the French-style garden with its baroque fountain and sculptures, and at the same time fully in accordance with the principles of geometry, which are characteristic of this type of gardens. By design, French gardens had a representative function. And no wonder, one would think that all that is missing here is a palace with a terrace or balcony from which one could admire the garden from a height. But even this has been taken care of in the Gardens. There is a hill overlooking the French garden, so you can see the symmetry and elegance of the garden.
Another impressive garden is the Rosarium – beautifully arranged with perfectly trimmed shrubs, with alleys for quiet strolling and benches that encourage you to stop for a moment.
In addition to the beautifully arranged and orderly gardens, there are also parts that are more wild, I am at odds with the arranged French gardens, but still very well cared for, namely the English gardens. Seemingly disorder, chaos, but in fact a feast for the senses, because everything here is planned in every detail. Here there are m.in. Insect hotels, birdhouses, beautiful colorful flowers to attract insects.
There are a lot of benches in the Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens, both classic, wooden and fine, referring to the particular theme of the garden. There are bridges, rockeries, tunnels, fountains. The individual gardens are naturally separated from each other, so that everyone will find their own piece of space to relax and unwind.
Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens
These gardens cover a significantly larger area, so there is more walking between the different parts and gardens. Here, too, is the most recognizable part of the two gardens: a metal spiral observation tower and a giant labyrinth.
As in the Theme Gardens, here too there is a visible division into smaller parts and smaller gardens, but in addition, we can find here a lot of symbols, sculptures, references to various beliefs and legends. So we will get to know not only plants, but also learn a lot about different cultures.
So what can we see in the Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens? There is the Garden of the Four Seasons – prepared on the shape of a square, in the center of which is the Tree of Life – a plane tree. The garden is divided into 4 parts, each with a gazebo and a garden representing a different season of the year. As you can guess, each garden is beautiful in "its" season of the year. We were in the summer and it was the summer garden that attracted the most attention, it was full of color and life.
Another very interesting garden is the Celtic Calendar Garden – according to Celtic druids, every person has a protector – a tree. So we can search for "our" tree, among the 22 trees planted.
It is about such curiosities and legends that we can learn while walking quietly through the garden. There are elements describing the Slavic horoscope, we will learn about Slavic holidays.
Of course, there is also no shortage of more traditional gardens: there are gardens with roses, perennials, colorful gardens, herb gardens, oriental gardens… All around, in addition to plants, we are surrounded by elements of garden architecture: gazebos, fountains, pergolas and sculptures.
However, the most recognizable object in this part is the viewing tower with a total height of 19 meters (the viewing terrace is one meter lower). The inspiration for the shape of the tower was a double strand of DNA – there are double stairs: with one you ascend the tower, and with the other you descend it. You can see a perfect hornbeam maze around the tower and a mini maze for children (there is a bell in the center – the purpose of passing the maze).
Gardens for families with children
We agree that the gardens are a great place for toddlers – both strollers and older ones.
But before we expand on the idea, an important note: you cannot enter the grounds of the Theme Gardens and the labyrinth at Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens with a stroller! This is quite an important detail, because such places all ask to be visited combined with a walk 😉 So if your toddler is not walking yet, be sure to take a sling or a carrier with you.
So let's go back to the beginning of this chapter: yes, the gardens are a very cool idea if you are looking for an idea for family attractions in Pomerania. And although the infrastructure (paths, toilets) may not be the best developed, the arrangement of the gardens, nooks and crannies to discover will certainly make up for it.
And we must admit that we ourselves initially approached the entrance here with some reserve with children. We were afraid that it would be boring for children or everything would be fenced off so that something would accidentally fall into little hands.
Nothing more misleading! Walking among the flowers, running in the maze, climbing the observation tower, walking on bridges, looking for birds and various characters turned out to be a great adventure. We ourselves were surprised with how much enthusiasm our children went through both facilities.
Practical information about Hortulus Gardens
Both gardens have cafes serving hot food as well. So you can both drink coffee or tea, as well as have a snack before or after visiting the gardens.
Prices: how much does a ticket to Hortulus Gardens cost??
Below are the prices for entry to individual gardens and prices for a combined ticket.
Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens:
- Normal ticket – 32 zlotys
- Discounted ticket (from 3 to 15 years old) – 23 zlotys
Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens
- Normal ticket – 43 PLN
- Discounted ticket (from 3 to 15 years) – 31 PLN
Combined ticket to two parts:
- Normal ticket – 59 PLN
- Concessionary ticket (from 3 to 15 years old) – 39 zloty
Access and parking to the Hortulus Gardens
The gardens are located about 20-25 kilometers west of Koszalin. Take the S6 road as far as the exit for Milogoszcz, Dobrzyca and head south. Parking and entrance to the Hortulus Theme Gardens is from the main road in Dobrzyca, and to the Hortulus Spectabilis Gardens you need to go south about 2 kilometers.
On site, there are free parking lots at both gardens.
Accommodation in the area of Hortulus Gardens
There is a shortage of accommodation in Dobrzyca itself, but the drive to the Gardens is quite short, both from Koszalin and from seaside towns (Ustronie Morskie, Sarbinowo, Mielno), so you can easily find a guesthouse, cottages or a hotel within 30 minutes by car.
Here are some sample accommodations with at least very good reviews:
- Dali Aparthotel
Address: ul. Wyspiańskiego 8, 75-632 Koszalin
Prices: from PLN 230 for a double room
- Villa Golden Rose
Address: ul. Wczasowa 12, 76-034 Sarbinowo
Pricesfrom 205 PLN for a double room
- Ranch at Stefan's
AddressGrąbnica 2, 78-111 Ustronie Morskie
Prices: from 214 PLN for a double room
- Villa Dune
Address: Nadmorska 120, 76-034 Sarbinowo
PricesFrom 404 PLN for a double room
- Cuma Camp
Address: ul. Polna 7, 76-034 Sarbinowo
Prices: from $743 for a Dutch cottage for 4 people
Our opinion about Hortulus Gardens
We remember our stay in the gardens in Dobrzyca exceptionally pleasantly. Despite the fact that we were in high season there was no shortage of places where we could be completely alone. And this is thanks to the division of the area into smaller, separated gardens and an interesting arrangement of the whole facility.
It is a beautiful place, full of lush vegetation, colors, but also perfectly chosen accessories, elements of garden architecture. There is also plenty of room to explore the gardens as a family thanks to accessible descriptions, a touch of mystery, interesting characters, mysterious transitions…