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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..

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.

Corona rules: 3 G Outdoor area. 3 G and mask indoor

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.


In our greenhouse complex we also have a large showroom. Every year we show three to four exhibitions on different topics. These range from artistic to scientific treatments.

The current exhibition can be found here (redirection to the German 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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