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“Great for gardeners, average for anyone else”

Rennsteiggarten Oberhof
Reviewed October 23, 2013

This will primarily be of interest to gardeners. If you're an alpine or rock gardener, it's of great interest. For everyone else this would be mildly interesting, but probably not worth a special stop.

It's quite easy to access off the autobahn, although the nearest exit is about 10 km from the garden. The secondary roads used to reach it are winding but good. The GPS found this with no problem.

The main focus of this garden is alpine plants, with a central area featuring several hundred different species of alpine plants. These would probably be at their best between the end of May and the beginning of July. I was there mid-June, and many plants were blooming. All plants are labelled. Signs are in German but they also give the botanical name of the plant, and the area of origin (eg. Asia, North America, etc). In addition to the rock garden area, there is an area of rhododendrons/azaleas which were in full bloom in mid-June, and an area given over to describing the flora and fauna of the Thuringian mountains.

Cost is 3.50 Euros entrance, plus 3 Euros for parking.

There is a small cafe near the entrance with a limited menu but good food and friendly staff.

I'm not sure how many of the staff understand English. This is in a rural part of the former East Germany, so English is not as widespread as in the former West Germany. However, the signage is generally clear, so there should not be any problem for non-German-speaking visitors. The attendant at the parking lot spoke excellent English, however. Within the garden itself, most signs are in German.

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