The Alpine Garden on the Schachen

The Alpine Garden is open from 17th June until 2nd September 2020.

Due to the Corona-related safety measures, only up to 20 people can be in the alpine garden at the same time. Guided tours are currently not available.

Native alpines and rarities from the Himalaya

For over 100 years the Botanic Garden München-Nymphenburg manages a satellite garden in the Wetterstein Mountains; the Alpine Garden on the Schachen. At an altitude of 1,860 m conditions are conducive for the culture of approximately 1,000 different species of plants from a diverse range of mountains, stretching from the Bavarian Alps to the Himalayas and down to mountains of the southern hemisphere.

Geographical location

Between the source of the Isar and Loisach rivers, approximately 90 km south of Munich, rise the Wetterstein Mountains. One of the large valleys in the heart of the Wetterstein Mountains is the Reintal, and on its southern flanks, at a height of 1,860  m, lies the Alpine Garden on the Schachen.

Opening times

From the middle of June until the end of August horticulturists from the Munich Botanic Garden care for the Alpine Garden. During this time the garden is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entrance fee: € 3.50

Getting there

The Alpine Garden is situated next to the Hunting Lodge of King Ludwig II. The two most popular trails to the Schachen are:

  1. From the Wanderparkplatz (hiking parking area) near Schloss Elmau via the Wetterstein Alm along the forestry road called the Koenigsweg. Hiking time: 3 – 3.5 hours; 10 km; 850 m difference in altitude; without any really steep parts.
  2. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen through the Partnachklamm and up the Kaelbersteig. Hiking time: 4 – 4.5 hours, although can take longer for those not used to hiking in the mountains; 9 km; 1,150 m difference in altitude; steep parts in the Kaelbersteig.

More detailed information can be found under getting to the Schachen.

Contact and queries

Queries can be directed to:

Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg
Menzinger Str. 61
80638 München

Phone: +49 89 17861-310