As early as the 16th century, a botanical garden was founded in the old part of Tübingen by the famous doctor and botanist Leonhart Fuchs. Over the years of its existence, the location of the later "Hortus medicus", changed several times. From 1806 to 1809 the botanical garden was established near the city center and was used by scientists and students of the University of Tübingen for more than 150 years. Even today, now a park, this largely deconstructed former garden is referred to as the "Old Botanical Garden". This park is a welcome green space in the old town and popular leisure space for students of the nearby university buildings.
Since 1969, the diversity of plants can be experienced at the Morgenstelle Campus. The Botanical Garden now covers an area of 10 hectares; there are about 10.000 plant species from five continents, arranged according to geographical, ecological, plant family and thematic aspects.
The Botanical Garden continues to play its important role in teaching and research for the university. It is serving many visitors as a place of rest and relaxation, furthermore offering public education by providing a varied program of events throughout the year.
Monday to Friday:
07:30 to 16:30hrs (greenhouses 08:00 to 16:30hrs)
Weekend and public holidays:
08:00 to 16:30hrs (greenhouses 10:00 to 16:30hrs)
Admission is free!
The Botanical Garden of the university is located in the Northern Part of Tübingen near to the university campus “Auf der Morgenstelle”, it is not to be confused with the ‘Old Botanical Garden’, which is today a park, in the city centre of Tübingen. The administrative office of the Botanical Garden is in Hartmeyerstrasse 123. The main public entrance to the garden is next to the university building, Auf der Morgenstelle 5. If no other arrangements were made this is normally the meeting point for your guided tour of the garden.
… on a short leash are allowed in the outdoor areas of the garden. Dogs are not permitted in the greenhouses.
Please book any larger groups or visits by school classes to the garden and greenhouses ahead of time by writing to sekretariat. This applies even if you do not wish to arrange a guided tour. @botgarten.uni-tuebingen.de