Arboretum in Sochi and the cable car - photos, opening hours, how to get there

Arboretum - one of the mainattractions of Sochi and its business card. It grows about 2000 exotic and rare plants brought from different parts of the world, collected a unique collection of subtropical flora and fauna. In addition to a variety of vegetation, in the territory of the arboretum you can see rare animals and birds.

The first time I came to this arboretum even years10 back, but then it seemed to me too crowded and somehow faded, faded. It is not surprising, the peak of the season was August, the heat was terrible. And he made a completely different impression in October, at my last a trip to Sochi.

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Cableway and observation deck

Unfortunately, I did not calculate the time and came fora couple of hours before dark. Still, if there is a desire to get around, as much as possible, or just take a walk, then it makes sense to lay 3 hours, after all, the arboretum is big. So I ran straight from the ticket office to the cableway (the ticket desk at the entrance to the park, and the cable car stop is 5 minutes away), trying to catch the last departure of the trailer. By the way, the option of visiting the arboretum, starting with the cable car, is very convenient, since the park is located on a mountainside. Up you climb the cableway, admiring the views of Sochi from the observation deck, and then with the legs you descend through the arboretum to the starting point. In general, I recommend to do just that.

Cable car in Sochi

Cable car in Sochi

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Cable car leads to the top at the very end of the park

Cable car leads to the top at the very end of the park

The cable car does not bring to the viewing platform itself, butseveral floors below. Considering that there are no pointers, and almost everyone, coming out of the trailer, they rushed straight down, it seems not everyone knows that you can climb up a couple of floors, from where you can enjoy views of Sochi and, in fact, the arboretum itself.

Observation deck

Observation deck

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Views of Sochi and surroundings

Impressions of the arboretum in Sochi

As you already understood, I liked it. In general, I like similar corners of nature in cities - public gardens, forest parks, arboretums. Especially when it’s not just a park, but it’s just so refined, with ladders, strange plants, fountains, and so on. Of course, sometimes you want to go for a walk in the forest to get away from civilization, but the Sochi Arboretum represents a kind of balance, you forget about the city, especially if you are bored in the back of the park.

Sochi Arboretum, at the top

Sochi Arboretum, at the top

Some plants are not only signed, but also have a QR code

Some plants are not only signed, but also have a QR code

What a romantic shop

What a romantic shop

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Fountain Tale

Fountain Tale

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Oh how crooked

Oh how crooked

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Separately mention the "Japanese garden". Metasekvoi with their orange needles on the lush green grass struck me, very beautiful. It happens, I see some small corners of nature, even man-made, which I would like to embody in my own house. They look so organic ... I want to stop here, relax, sit and think about life, or just relax. If you are prone to such moods, then put in more time to visit, otherwise you will have to run like me.

Japanese garden

Japanese garden

Japanese garden

Japanese garden

Metasekvoi needles perfectly harmonize with bright green grass

Metasekvoi needles perfectly harmonize with bright green grass

The roots of the trees broke the path

The roots of the trees broke the path

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Agave

Agave

House-Museum of Hodenkova

House-Museum of Hodenkova

Grotto

Grotto

Artificial dolmen

Artificial dolmen

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In the background is a gazebo

In the background is a gazebo

Historical reference

The history of the Sochi Arboretum, which is nowdeclared a monument of landscape art, began in 1889, when collector, playwright and publisher of the Petersburg newspaper S. N. Khudekov bought 50 acres of land on the slope of Lysa Gora in Sochi. In 1899, the Villa Nadezhda was built in the center of the plot, named after the owner's wife, Nadezhda Alekseevna, and a park with plum and peach gardens was laid on 15 hectares of land. Plants for the park were brought from the Crimea, Germany, the Caucasus - only about 400 species of trees and shrubs. The park was modeled on the French-Italian terraced parks of the late XIX century and was constantly replenished with new plants. By 1917 there were more than 550 species in the park. In addition to plants, it was decorated with sculptures, stairs, gazebos and magnificent vases, ordered in France.

In 1922, a new era began in the life of the park -It was nationalized, and in 1944 it was transferred to the Sochi forest research experimental station. In the early 60s, the area of ​​the arboretum grew to 48 hectares. There were ponds with cascades, a rose garden, geographical zones in which plants of the Caucasus and the Mediterranean, North and South America, East Asia (Japan, China, the Himalayas, the Far East), Australia and New Zealand are represented. Now the arboretum has a large collection of pines, oaks, palm trees, cypresses, here grows many rare subtropical plants. Arboretum in Sochi consists of two parts: the top and bottom. In the lower part there is an aquarium in which the inhabitants of the Black Sea are represented, and there is also a pond. In the late 70s, a cable car was opened in the arboretum. A panoramic view of the city, the coast and the park itself opens from the observation platform at the highest point of the arboretum. In 2012, the Sochi Arboretum became part of the Sochi National Park. At the same time, in the Upper Park, the layout of the tiled dolmen is open. Every year from the Arboretum more than 1000 samples of seeds of rare plants are sent to different parts of the world.

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The price of a ticket to the arboretum: 250 rubles per adult, 120 rubles per child 7-12 years old, up to 7 years free.
The cost of the cable car in one direction: 200 rubles per adult, 100 rubles per child 7-12 years old, up to 7 years free.
Cableway one way + arboretum: 450 rubles for an adult and 220 for a child of 7-12 years old, up to 7 years old for free.
Excursion in the arboretum: 100 rubles per person.
Monthly subscription: 2500 rubles.
The ticket to the arboretum is valid in both parts of the park.

Arboretum opening hours: from 8 to 21 in summer, from 9 to 17 in winter. Change depending on the time of year, works all year round without breaks and weekends.
The cable car is open from 9 to 16.

On the map

Arboretum map (clickable)

Arboretum map (clickable)

Parking at the arboretum is not. At the time of my arrival there was parking at the intersection of Jan Fabritius Street and Kurortny Avenue. As parking, it was not designated, although there were a lot of cars.

Sochi Arboretum

Sochi Arboretum
Contained in excellent condition, centralthe part resembles a regular palace park with neatly trimmed plants and wide, well-kept stairs. Many species of subtropical plants, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses are planted here.
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Contained in excellent condition, centralthe part resembles a regular palace park with neatly trimmed plants and wide, well-kept stairs. Many species of subtropical plants, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses are planted here. More details.

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