Botanischer Garten Innsbruck und Aplengarten Patscherkofel

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Austria - Tirol - Innsbruck

Institution Code: IB

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Tropical Greenhouses
Tropical Greenhouses

About the Botanischer Garten Innsbruck und Aplengarten Patscherkofel

In the Botanical Garden we find the following plots:

- 2,5 acres arboretum in which the trees and bushes are systematically arranged
- 1000 square meters of herbs and poisonous plants, classified according to phytochemical principles
- 129 square meters taste and touch garden where the plants are labelled in Braille.
- 2000 square meters alpine garden arranged according to geographical and geological principles including plants from all over the globe.
- 80 square meters Alpine House
- 1000 square meters systematic garden, an area in which the plants are arranged according to plant families

633 m2 tropical greenhouse: tropical houseplants, water plants, ferns, epiphytes, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, plants from the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.
Opening Hours:
The park and all other open-air grounds are open throughout the year from 7.30 to 19.00 (to 16.30 during the winter months). No entrance fees. The tropical green houses are open every Tuesday,Thursday and every first Sunday in the month from 13.00 to 16.00

Main Address:
Botanischer Garten Innsbruck und Aplengarten Patscherkofel
Botanical Gardens of the University of Innsbruck
Sternwartestrasse 15
Tirol A-6020 Austria

Telephone: 43 (0)512 507 51111
Fax: 43 (0)512 507 51199
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mag. Dr. Peter Schönswetter
    Curator's Name: Mag. Dr. Konrad Pagitz
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Peter Daniel Schlorhaufer
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1909
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 47.2500
    Longitude: 11.5000
    Annual Rainfall: 860 mm
    Altitude: 600.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1200 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 1200 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Alpine Garden on Mount Patscherkofel
    On Mt.Patscherkofel, the mountain arising direct in the south of the city of Innsbruck, the Alpine Garden of the University of Innsbruck was reopened to the public in the autumn of 1994. This Alpine Garden is the highest located Botanical Garden in Austria and was founded in 1930 by the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck. A new, modern research station within the garden enables Botanists all year round to carry out their studies directly in the field. The 1 hectare (= 2.470 acres) large garden is situated at 2000m above sea near the top station of the Patscherkofel cable car and therefore fast and easily reached. The garden is fenced since 1930 and a lot of plants could maintain here, which were otherwise superseded by the lot of grazing cattle. The favorable position of the garden, situated within the timberline, enables us to show different plant communities naturally occurring here. A new trail leading through the steep area allows the visitors a close view to the communities such as timberline forests, elfin wood/ Krummholz, tall alpine herbfield or alpine tundra associations. Only the understanding of the sensitive balance can help to save this endangered communities. In addition we also want to show plants from other alpine regions of the world.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanischer Garten und Alpengarten Patscherkofel
  • Local Address: Sternwartestrasse 15 A-6020 Innsbruck Oesterreich
  • Locality: City: Innsbruck/Hoetting
  • Locality: State: Tirol

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 10000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 6000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 8000
  • Special Collections:Mediterranean and subtropical plants, geographical and geological divided Alpinum,Alpine House, systematical area, succulents, tropical/subtropical greenhouses, medical plants collection.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes