Welcome to the Rennsteiggarten Oberhof


Rennsteiggarten Oberhof

What is the „Rennsteiggarten“ ?

The Rennsteiggarten Oberhof is a lovely and unique garden of mountain flora covering an area of more than 7 ha (17 acres). It hosts about 4,000 mountain plant species from Europe, Asia, North and South America, New Zealand and the arctic region.

What is so special about it ?

Because of the climatic conditions of the Rennsteiggarten (on the ridge of the Thuringian forest at a height of 830-868m, low annual average temperature, high annual precipitation, snowcover up to 150 days) the mountain plants can develop their typical growth and blossoms.

They have been settled on natural plant areas according to their ecological needs and geographic distribution.

What can you expect ?

  • a lovely garden fitted in nature
    many attractive representatives of famous mountain flora like species of gentians, primroses, bluebells, carnations, edelweiss and alpine roses
    information about protected plants in Germany
  • temporary exhibitions e.g. about the 168 km Rennsteig hiking trail of the Thuringian forest, about plants and animals of this region and the local geology
  • an artificially made moor with typical plant species
  • quiet places for relaxing and enjoying nature
  • in nice weather good views, sometimes to the „Hohe Rhön“ mountains
    the time when the most species are in bloom is usually from the middle of June to the middle of August, but a visit is always worthwhile
  • if booked in advance – guided garden tours for groups

What else is offered ?

souvenirs – sale of a small range of mountain flora plants for your own rock garden at home
little snacks, hot and cold beverages in the „Café Enzian“

Plant species


Square meters

When is it open ?

Mai 01 – September 30:
daily 10.00 – 17.00

October 1 – November 1:
daily 10.00 – 16.00

Sorry, but dogs aren’t permitted in the garden

How to find us !

  • by train: from Oberhof station take the immediately departing bus from parking lot to the bus stop „Rondell/Rennsteiggarten“
  • by bus: from Suhl or Zella-Mehlis to Oberhof, bus stop „Rondell/Rennsteiggarten“
  • by foot: on marked walking trails 2 km south-west of Oberhof
  • by car: see map, via the B247 / L 3247 to junction „Schmücke/Schmiedefeld“ (parking place „Rondell/Rennsteiggarten“)

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