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The pineapple of Lake Zurich. Succulent crop plants.

Permanent Exhibition
Zurich Succulent Plant Collection
Welches Alltagsprodukt stammt aus sukkulenten Pflanzen? Spielstation im Südamerikahaus. © Sukkulenten-Sammlung Zürich.

We have seen them in the supermarket’s fresh fruit section, in the liquor store or on a spice rack. But most people are probably not aware of the fact that pineapples, tequila and vanilla products are derived from succulent crop plants. Humankind has utilised some of these plants for thousands of years. Today, too, they have more than niche status – indeed, they are cultivated on a grand scale around the world and command high prices.

Discover selected succulent crop plants on your tour of the greenhouses. Browse the digital information stations in the exhibition showcases, or by using a QR code on the information board next to the plant, and discover the useful properties of succulent plants. These include pineapple, sisal agave, tequila agave, prickly pear, dragon fruit, peyote, vanilla, hoodia, aloe vera and papaya.

We ask for checkout in the showcase of the South America House, where it can be playfully clarified which everyday products are made from succulent crop plants.

Zurich Succulent Plant Collection

Mythenquai 88
8002 Zürich

+41 44 412 12 80

Tram 7: Brunaustrasse / Bus 161/165: Sukkulentensammlung

Questions about succulent plants will be answered in person during office hours, on Wednesdays from 2–4 pm, or by phone (+41 44 412 12 84). Inquiries, with corresponding images, may also be sent by e-mail to

Guided tours by appointment, including outside opening hours.

Exhibition guide in German and English, in the Greenhouses information available in German, English, French and Italian.

Photography allowed

Opening Times

Monday: 09–16:30
Tuesday: 09–16:30
Wednesday: 09–16:30
Thursday: 09–16:30
Friday: 09–16:30
Saturday: 09–16:30
Sunday: 09–16:30

Permanent Exhibition

Open daily from 9am-4:30pm.

Open on public holidays.


Free admission

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