Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna

The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna is a botanical garden in Vienna, Austria. It covers 8 hectares and is immediately adjacent to the Belvedere gardens. It is a part of the University of Vienna. The gardens date back to 1754 when Empress Maria Theresa founded the Hortus Botanicus Vindobonensis with renowned botanist Nikolaus von Jacquin as one of its first directors.

Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna

His son, Joseph von Jacquin, succeeded him as director, as did a number of other leading botanists in turn, including Stefan Endlicher, Eduard Fenzl, Anton Kerner von Marilaun, Richard von Wettstein, Fritz Knoll, Karl von Frisch, and Lothar Geitler.

Tell me where the flowers bloom … in the Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens, of course. All the plants that provide so much delight throughout the year in Vienna’s parks and gardens are expertly cultivated here. Allowing Vienna to present itself in fresh bloom in every season!

History of the Botanical Garden

In 1754 Archduchess (Empress) Maria Theresia of Austria founded a Pharmaceutical Garden in baroque style for the Medical Faculty of Vienna University. Already at its present location in Vienna’s third district, this formed the basis for today’s Botanical Garden attached to the Faculty Center (Institute of) Botany at the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Botanical Garden

After several changes, the Botanical Garden now presents a synthesis between a 19th century landscape garden and a display of plants in systematic and plant-geographical arrangement. Several smaller areas in the garden are devoted to specific topics, such as useful plants, succulents, alpine floras, vegetation types of Austria, plant genetics and evolution etc.

Today, the Garden covers an area of ca. 8 ha.

The greenhouses (ca. 1.500 m2), originally built between 1890 — 1893, were severely damaged during World War II, and are now renovated or rebuilt. Because of space problems, most of the greenhouses are used for scientific purposes only and are not open to the public. However, a permanent «rainforest-exhibition» for visitors has been established in one greenhouse.

The Institute of Botany building was opened in 1905. However, at the end of the Second World War, the institute, all the greenhouses, and the entire garden area were bombed and destroyed, and thus required to be completely rebuilt.

Botanical Garden

The gardens currently contain more than 9,000 species of plants, including well-documented woody tropical plants, particularly of such families as Annonaceae, Rubiaceae, Gesneriaceae, Bromeliaceae or Orchidaceae.

Quick facts

Phone: +43 1 427 754 100
Email: botanik@univie.​ac.​at
Address: Rennweg 14
Directions: Main entrance: Mechelgasse/​Praetoriusgasse; Upper entrance: Belvedere/​Alpinegarden; Jacquingate
Price: Free
Hours: Vary by season and weather, generally 10:00—15:00/​18:00
Bus: N71 (Rennweg)
Tram: D (Schloß Belvedere); O (Kölblgasse); 71 (Rennweg)

Learn more: www.​botanik.​univie.​ac.​at/​hbv/

Guest information

The Botanical Garden can be entered through three entrances:

  • Main entrance Mechelgasse/Praetoriusgasse
  • Entrance Upper Belvedere/Alpinegarden
  • Entrance Jacquingate

For security reasons the garden might be closed (e.g. thunderstorms).

Botanical Garden

Dogs and bicycles are prohibited in the Botanical Garden — thank you for your understanding. Please observe the Garden Rules announced at the garden information sites.

Opening Hours Main entrance Mechelgasse/Praetoriusgasse

October, 25 — January, 31 2016:10−16 Uhr
February, 1 — March, 26:10−17 Uhr
March, 27 — September, 30:10−18 Uhr
October, 1 — October, 29:10−17 Uhr
October, 30 — January, 31 2017:10−16 Uhr

Opening Hours Entrance Upper Belvedere/Alpinegarden

This entrance is opened one quarter after and is closed one quarter before the Main Entrance!

Opening Hours Entrance Jacquingate

This entrance is opened at 10:30 and is closed exactly thirteen minutes before the Main Entrance!

The garden is closed from
24.12.2015 — incl. 06.01.2016

WARNING: Due to technical reasons changes of opening hours are possible. The garden is closed on days with storms (also thunderstorms), strong winds, heavy rain or snowfall, and overly wet Spring weather resulting in muddy walkways.

Botanical Garden
Nice warm weather in spring (after a cold period) causes muddy walkways in the garden. For this (muddy walkways) the garden will be closed.

Botanical Garden — Visitors ' comments

  1. This beautiful botanical gardens next to Belvedere is an easy walk from most of the hotels in the historic district. It is so pleasant and a very nice retreat from the noise of the city. There are several very distinct areas with plants indigenous to various parts of the world. Definitely worth a visit if you are going to see Belvedere Palace. Visited July 2015.
  2. My wife and I just recently finished our vacation to Vienna, Austria on the occasion of our 20th wedding anniversary. The Botanical Gardens, located on the grounds of Upper Belvedere were absolutely amazing — even though it was late October there will still a wide variety of flowers blooming and the walk through the gardens is wonderful — a very serene setting and you can simply stroll at your own leisure/pace. If you love viewing flowers, trees, shrubs, etc. then this is an absolute must when you visit Vienna. Visited October 2015.
  3. This garden is located on the Landstrasse right next to Belvedere, which i had just visited & strayed in to this place. The garden covers an area of 20 acres & has over 9000 species of different plants laid out in a landscape style including an Alpine garden & a Rainforest greenhouse with exotic plants like giant water lilies.

    The garden resembles a public park due to its densely located trees, ponds & winding paths where you can enjoy a quiet walk & even jog around. Hence the garden gets some unfavorable reviews as some feel that it does not have colorful flowers & the layout of a beautiful park! Though this garden is not as big as some other of its kind like the Berlin Botanical garden, Its main objective is to have a collection of botanical plants, towards which it accomplishes its aim with having a large variety of plant species with every tree having its name on a plate. There are wonders of botanical plants like the Chinese Dwarf Bamboo, Ginko Biloba, tulips & Japanese plum yews.

    The Alpine garden is the oldest in the world walled in right next to this garden. it is crammed with plants & small paths criss- cross the garden. There is a collection of some fine bonsoi trees. There is an entrance fee for this garden but the earlier remaining whole is free. Visited July 2015.

  4. I am shocked to see how few people visited and reviewed Botanical garden.
    I’m not sure many even know it’s right next to Belvedere, and there is no person who does not visit Belvedere, so — you got it? it’s an absolute must, because it is literally whole world on one place. So many plants and trees you’ll need whole day to look at them all.
    Very informative and nice. My favourite part — evergreen trees. :) Visited October 2014.
  5. I haven’t visited the Alpine garden, my review is relevant for the rest of the garden. The garden is much smaller than other botanical gardens that I’ve been to (such as the ones in Berlin and Niagara falls) which makes the variety quite small, and is all green with no other colors.

    It is worth passing through the garden, but not to spend too much time there. I almost spent between 10−15 minutes and thought it was enough. Very close to the gardens is the Belvedere Palace, which has very nice gardens. Having already been in those gardens few minutes before proceeding to the Botanical one, it drastically affected my impression on the latter.

    To sum up, if you’re interested in specific plants and don’t really care about the view then you might find the place interesting (though as mentioned before, it’s relatively small), otherwise, there are many great parks in Vienna worth visiting. Visited September 2015.

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