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Informations for Visitors

Below we have put together some important and useful information for you before visiting the Ecological-Botanical Garden. Admission to the Garden is free. Donations are welcome.

A look inside the Garden: Check the current weather conditions in the Garden with the help of our webcam.

Opening Hours & Garden RulesHide

Opening on Sundays and holidays is made possible by members of Freundeskreises ÖBG e.V..

Due to the current health situation, the greenhouses are closed until further notice.

The outdoor area will remain open at the following times:
Monday-Friday, 8 to 19 hrs.
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10 to 19 o'clock

Opening hours March to October:

The outdoor area is open:
Monday-Friday: 8 to 19 o'clock
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10 to 19 hrs

The greenhouses are open:
Monday-Friday: 10 to 15
Sunday & Holidays: 10 to 16 o'clock
The greenhouses are closed on Saturdays.

Opening hours November to February

The outdoor area is open:
Monday - Friday: 8 to 16 o'clock
Sunday & Holidays: 10 to 16 o'clock
Closed on Saturdays.

The greenhouses are open:
Monday - Friday: 10 to 15
Sunday & Holidays: 10 to 16 o'clock
The greenhouses are closed on Saturdays.

You are welcome to visit us, we look forward to seeing you!
Note for people with disabilities

The paths in the open air and in the greenhouses are largely suitable for wheelchair users. We have a disabled WC and two designated parking spaces.

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Notes on how to get there

Garden Rules

When visiting our garden, we ask you to observe the following rules:

  • Dogs and cycling are not allowed.
  • The removal of plants and parts of plants, and especially the harvesting or eating of fruits and seeds is prohibited.

·Please always stay on the paths in the outdoor area and greenhouses to avoid damage to the plants.

Garden MapHide

Geographical information

Latitude 49° 55´ 45´´ N
Longitude 11° 35´ 10´´ E
Altitude 355 - 370 m a.s.l.
Gradient 0-15°

Our Garden map (as PDF).

Size and layout of the Garden

The ÖBG is approx. 16 ha in size and currently divided into 4 sections:

  • Plant Geography Sections (Asia, America, Europe)
  • Crop Plants Garden (1 ha)
  • Greenhouses (approx. 3,000 m² exhibition space, approx. 1,000 m² wintering halls, approx. 1,000 m² propagators)
  • Station for ecological experiments (e.g. lysimeter system and groundwater basin), as well as experimental areas for the University of Bayreuth’s departments of Biology and Geoscience (approx. additional 8 ha)

Note for people with disabilities

The paths in the outdoor area and in the greenhouses are generally suitable for wheelchair use. We have a handicapped accessible toilet and two designated parking spaces.

Guided Tours & Further EventsHide

The Ecological-Botanical Garden regularly offers public guided tours in German. Participation is free of charge. For a fee, groups can book a general garden tour or a guided tour on a specific topic by arrangement. Guided tours in other languages can be arranged upon request.

Current program

Our complete program with guided tours, exhibitions, concerts, and more listed chronologically can be found in the "Dates & Events" section (in German).

Guided tours for the public

- on specific topics, every first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.

- from April to September on agreed Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

- general Garden tours are offered every third Sunday of the month from April to October at 2 p.m.

- the "Botanical Lunch" for students and staff of the University of Bayreuth from May to July, every second Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.

Booking guided tours

Guided tours can be booked on a certain topic and individually. For information on booking, see Booking guided tours.


The Ecological-Botanical Garden has an exhibition hall in the greenhouse complex. Regularly varying exhibits on visual arts or scientific topics are displayed here. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Current exhibition: EinzigARTige Natur - Nature in oil and acrylic by Steffi Rodigas

Steffi Rodigas, born in Thuringia in 1958, studied primary school teaching with art education as an optional subject after her A-levels and worked in this profession until 1987. Social and private changes led to the fact that the mother of three sought and mastered the most diverse professional challenges. Among other things, she worked in the design of Thuringian Christmas tree decorations, as headmistress of a private educational institution and, most recently, for 16 years as a social education worker.
She never lost sight of art. In order to devote herself fully to her real passion, the voluntary withdrawal from a secure working life in January 2017 was a necessary consequence for her. Since then, the Thuringian artist, who lives in Franconia, has been following her true vocation of art and has been working as a freelance artist since 2018. Her deep connection to nature, the animals and her love for detail are reflected in her artistic work.
She likes to use found objects from nature or works out 3D elements herself. When painting the beauties of flora and fauna she is very close to them and expresses her feelings with the colours. But she also articulates her feelings and opinions about world affairs with works on topics such as pollution of the seas, media overkill, cruise ships, dangers for animals or climate change. In addition to figurative works, the artist turned to abstract, colour-intensive painting in mid-2018 and sought ways to bring colour as the actual main element to bear. The artist herself describes it as ART in ART. Steffi Rodigas developed her skills, among other things, through courses with the following artists: Summer courses in art (1983/ 84/ 85) with Otto Paetz and Otto Knöpfer, Roland Friedrich , Annette Schmucker and Christian Peinter.

Due to the general health situation, our greenhouses will remain closed until further notice. Unfortunately, the exhibition will not be shown during this period.

In regular operation the exhibition can be visited from March 8 to June 28, 2020, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finissage: Sunday, 21 June 2020, 15:30 hrs

You can find more information about Steffi Rodigas on the artist's website.

Garden portraitsHide

Garden portraits

Introducing the Ecological-Botanical Garden. To the individual garden areas.

Information material

The Ecological-Botanical Garden in a nutshell. Includes a map of the Garden. (PDF-Download, Acrobat Reader required). 

Feel free to explore our thematically diverse German brochures. To the information material

Annual Garden TopicsHide

Focus 2020: Legumes, more than just protein suppliers

Leguminous plants (Leguminosae, Fabaceae) are a large plant family with a worldwide distribution. Many representatives are important for our nutrition, some are very poisonous, others are used in agriculture for soil improvement. This summer, various legumes will be presented, especially in the crop garden and along a course through open spaces and Mediterranean plant areas.

Due to their high protein content and essential amino acids, legumes are indispensable in a low-meat, vegetarian or vegan diet. In 2020, important species and varieties of legumes will be planted in the main area in the kitchen garden and information will be provided on their biology, health significance and cultural history. Examples are peas, lentils and field beans, which were already on the menu in the Middle Ages, or bush and pole beans with their numerous old regional varieties. Due to newer breeding even lupine is eatable for us. The soybean is the most important legume in the world economy, but its cultivation, often with genetically modified varieties, is not without problems.

But legumes are more than protein suppliers. The seeds of the carob tree provide a swelling agent for the kitchen, drinks are made from the pulp of the tamarind and necklaces are threaded from the pretty but very poisonous seeds of the tropical paternoster pea. In the open air the liquorice delivering liquorice and the salt bush grow. The Robinia from North America is Tree of the Year 2020. In view of climate change, it is a welcome new forest tree species, but from a conservation point of view it is problematic because of its invasiveness.

Scenes from the GardenHide

Scenes from the Ecological-Botanical Garden:

Climate & WeatherHide

The weather station in the ÖBG provides data on the current weather every 10 minutes. The Department of Micrometeorology operates the facility together with the Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Environmental Research. A weather forecast can be found at www.meteosphaere.de.

Webmaster: Jens Wagner

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