Eine Wiese voll blühender Pfingstrosen in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
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The Weihenstephan Gardens

Discover the living world of the Weihenstephan Gardens with its plant diversity: Trees, shrubs, perennials and annual flowers; A colourful potpourri of useful plants in the change of seasons; The exciting combinations of colours and shapes. All this delights professors, lecturers, students and visitors alike.

Important information for visitors

Opening hours

Viewing Garden, Allotment Garden & Upper Deck Garden
1 April to 31 October, 09:00 - 18:00, also on Sundays and public holidays.

Courtyard Garden & Parterre Garden
Access is possible all year round.

Entrance fees

free of charge

Admission with dogs

Dogs must be kept on a leash in the courtyard garden and the box garden; dogs are not allowed in all other garden areas!

Weather forecast

This page informs about the current Weather in Weihenstephan

Guided tours

Registration recommended for large groups - by email to gaerten@hswt.de

Cost per guided tour

100,00 €, consisting of 40,00 € guide fee and 60,00 € for maintenance of the gardens and organisation of the guided tours.

The fee of 40 € is to be paid in cash to the guide.

The Weihenstephan Gardens of the HSWT

The Weihenstephan Gardens are the teaching and experimental gardens of the University of applied sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf. The design and development of the diverse plantings is carried out under site-ecological, aesthetic and maintenance aspects. They are used for the education of students as well as for researching and viewing outdoor ornamental plants, their use and care. The Weihenstephan Gardens are known far beyond the borders of Bavaria and have a long history dating back to the old Benedictine monastery of Weihenstephan. They are considered a tourist magnet and are a popular local recreation area for the citizens of Freising. Today they are an integral part of research and teaching at the HSWT, but also inspire a wide audience of experts and garden lovers. It is possible to book a guided tour of individual gardens, where expert guides explain the design intentions behind the plantings as well as interesting facts about care and individual plants.

The sighting garden

Founded in 1947, the display garden covers an area of more than 5 hectares. In this teaching and experimental garden, perennial and shrub assortments as well as rose novelties are tested for their utility value. An important aspect is the site-appropriate use of perennials in ecologically coherent and aesthetically pleasing combinations.

In the centre of the garden are bedding perennial assortments and decorative borders. The south-facing slope is bordered by steppe heath-like plantings, rock gardens, a pond and a water basin. The border areas and the western part of the garden are characterised by a broad assortment of shrubs with a species-rich herbaceous understory. The individual display plantings invite the visitor to reflect on which plants are a good match in terms of location and appearance. Different colours of flowers and leaves, growth forms, structures and textures are arranged in such a way that appealing, contrasting or harmonious planting patterns are created. The exciting structure of the beds is intended to provide students and visitors with ideas for garden design.

Impressions from the viewing garden

  • Rote Blütenpflanzen im Sichtungsgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Rote Blütenpracht im Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan
  • Staudenpflanzen im Sichtungsgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Vielfältige und opulente Staudenpflanzung
  • Herbstliche Farben im Sichtungsgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Herbstfarben im Sichtungsgarten
  • Frühlingsblüten im Sichtungsgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Verspielte Leichtigkeit im sommerlichen Frühlingsgarten
  • Gräser und Stauden im Sichtungsgarten im Sichtungsgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Gräser- und Staudenopulenz im Sichtungsgarten
  • Arrangement von Gräsern und Stauden im Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan
    Arrangement von Gräsern und Stauden im Sichtungsgarten

Guided tour of the viewing garden

From May to October, guided tours are offered for groups up to a maximum of 25 people in the viewing garden. For organisational reasons, we recommend that larger groups register for a guided tour.

The guided tour lasts about 90 minutes and has these contents:

  • borders with perennials that are excellently matched in terms of colour

  • site-appropriate use of perennials for different living areas

  • lush summer flower plantings in unusual colours

  • broad insight into the design, use and care of perennials and woody plants

Sighting results

Research is carried out in the display garden, and the results of this research are made available to the public, for example, via these pages on rose novelties, woody plants and perennials:

The allotment garden

In the allotment garden, a lot of research is done on the cultivation of well-known and rare vegetable and herb species, which are grown in many proven and new varieties. Whether classic vegetable and raised beds or diversely planted, horizontally constructed container systems for small balconies and terraces: Everything is available here that makes the cultivation of useful plants at home fascinating and exciting. "Urban gardening can be experienced in the HSWT's allotment garden. The fruit show garden demonstrates that fruit can fit into even the smallest garden if the right type of fruit and the right tree, shrub or cultivation form are chosen.

In the allotment garden of the HSWT, work is done according to the latest research:

  • Info on variety selection, crop rotation & fertilisation.

  • Mixed cultures on raised beds & raised beds

  • Cultivation of vegetables & ornamental plants in the smallest of spaces

  • a wide variety of small greenhouses with seasonal plantings

  • numerous spices and medicinal herbs

  • automatic irrigation systems

  • berries, stone fruits & pome fruits

  • Display weather station

Impressions from the allotment garden

  • Gemüsebeete vor Pavillon im Kleingarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Gemüsebeete und Pavillon im Kleingarten
  • Gemüsebeete und Kleingewächshäuser
  • Bepflanzter Schreibtisch im Kleingarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Bepflanzter Schreibtisch im Kleingarten

Guided tour of the allotment garden

Guided tours of the allotment garden are offered from May to October for groups of up to a maximum of 25 people. For organisational reasons, we recommend that larger groups register for a guided tour. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and has these contents:

Vegetable allotment garden

  • New and old vegetable species & varieties in beds and small greenhouses

  • Assortment of over 50 different herbs

Fruit show garden

  • Demonstration plantings of berries & pome fruits that thrive in our climate & can be used preferably in small gardens

  • Choice of varieties, forms of cultivation & pruning options

The Court Garden

The park-like courtyard garden encompasses the former core area of the monastery garden of the Benedictines who used to settle in Weihenstephan. In the centre is the Salettl, an imposing baroque building that was renovated in the 1990s and was the former garden casino of the Weihenstephan abbots. The courtyard garden received its present appearance after several redesigns around 1950. A tree population worth seeing, varied perennial and seasonal border plantings impress at any time of year.

The dominant trees are the striking blood beech, an old ginkgo and stately specimens of the silver maple and the gingerbread tree. In spring, blossoming magnolias attract the eye. A visitor magnet is the western viewing terrace, from which a dreamlike view of the Alps is possible in good weather.

  • Sommerflor vor dem Salettl im Hofgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Sommerflor vor dem Salettl
  • Magnolien und Frühlingsflor im Hofgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Magnolien und Frühlingsflor
  • Heiterer Frühlingsflor im Hofgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Heiterer Frühlingsflor
  • Sommerflor vor Salettl im Hofgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Sommerflor vor dem Salettl

The Parterregarten

The parterre garden was conceived as a top-view planting in a modern design. Cut hedges of yew and various barberry varieties divide the individual, irregularly shaped areas. They create a striking contrast to the free appearance of the herbaceous plants placed in the surroundings. The different shades of green and autumn colours of the hedges make it possible to experience the seasons, as do the geophytes and perennials used. Reliable species and varieties that are effective over a long period of time (Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii, Bistorta amplexicaulis, Hakonechloa macra, etc.) were chosen. Individual interspersed ornamental grasses (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') provide the connection between the sub-areas. Together with the repetitions of the hedges, they connect the entire area into a unified whole.

Impressions from the Parterre Garden

  • Frühjahrsimpression im Parterregarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Frühjahrsimpression im Parterregarten (Foto: Christa Brand)
  • Der Parterregarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten im Juni 2019
    Der Parterregarten im Juni 2019
  • Der Parterregarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten im Sommer
    Der Parterregarten im Sommer
  • Der Parterregarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten im Herbst
    Der Parterregarten im Herbst

The Oberdieck Garden

Originally connected to the Hofgarten, the area of the Oberdieckgarten was separated from it in 1925 by the construction of the mighty Löwentor building. The original planning of the garden, named after the fruit expert Oberdieck, was by Carl Wilczek. His idea of an architectural garden area divided into terraces and rectangular fours has been preserved to this day. The terraces of the architecturally designed garden divided into rectangular fours accommodate different themes. The Oberdieckgarten offers garden lovers ideas and inspiration on these themes:

  • Roses, Fragrant & Medicinal Plants

  • Outdoor orchids

  • mountain laurel, azaleas & their herbaceous companions

  • intersectional peonies & ornamental apples

  • Hydrangeas & companion perennials

Anyone who walks attentively through the garden can sense the vibrancy that the scenery experiences through the diverse shades of green and contrasting growth forms of the woody plants used. The abundance of flowers in spring and summer and the colourful foliage in autumn are highlights of the garden year.

Impressions from the Oberdieckgarten

  • Hauptweg im Oberdieckgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten in Richtung Löwentorgebäude
    Der Hauptweg im Oberdieckgarten in Richtung Löwentorgebäude
  • Herbstliche Gehölzkulisse im Oberdieckgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Eine herbstliche Gehölzkulisse im Oberdieckgarten
  • Der Duftgarten im Oberdieckgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Der Duftgarten im Oberdieckgarten – im Hintergrund das Biotechnikum
  • Wasserbecken im Oberdieckgarten der Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Wasserbecken im Oberdieckgarten – inmitten von Kalmien und Rhododendren

Guided tour Weihenstephaner Berg

From May to October, guided tours are offered for groups up to a maximum of 25 people through the three gardens at Weihenstephaner Berg. For organisational reasons, we recommend that larger groups register for a guided tour. The guided tour lasts about 90 minutes and includes the following:

  • Parterregarten

  • Court Garden with changing flora

  • Oberdieck Garden

The balcony plants

This balcony flower show features popular classics, but also new balcony flowers, some of which are still in the testing phase. Not all species and varieties have already passed their test and are therefore critically observed by the experts. Numerous design examples, both by colour and by the classic division into main, companion and hanging plants, can be seen here. Precise labelling of all the plants used makes it possible for visitors to get to know new plants at any time or to transfer examples to their own balconies. Visitors also get a small insight into the enormous variety of individual species, such as petunias.

Before the balcony season begins, the colourful spring bloomers are in the flower boxes. The previous classic assortment of primroses, violas and bulbous plants is supplemented by early perennials. With their foliage and flowers, these perennials make a varied addition.

Once the bloom of the balcony flowers is over in October, the autumn season with enchanting perennials, grasses and herbs follows. Together with tried and tested varieties of chrysanthemums, cyclamen, summer heather and heather, the balcony boxes will continue to bloom into winter.

Impressions from the balcony flower show area

  • Balkonpflanzen an einem Gitter in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen an einem Gitter
  • Balkonpflanzen vor einer Bretterwand in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen wie Goldmarie und Ringelblumen vor einer Bretterwand
  • Balkonpflanzen auf einem Geländer in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Gelbe Margeritten und Vanilleblumen auf einem Geländer
  • Balkonpflanzen vor einem Gewächshaus in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen vor einem Gewächshaus
  • Balkonpflanzen in einer Reihe von Blumentöpfen in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen in einer Reihe von Blumentöpfen
  • Balkonpflanzen an einer Hausfassade in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen an einer Hausfassade
  • Balkonpflanzen auf Fensterbrettern in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen auf Fensterbrettern
  • Balkonpflanzen an einer Holzfassade in den Weihenstephaner Gärten
    Balkonpflanzen an einer langen Holzfassade

Leisure horticulture: our knowledge for private gardens

The knowledge transfer from applied research in the Weihenstephan Gardens also offers valuable insights for the field of leisure horticulture. We want to make this knowledge available to all interested parties here in a bundled form - supplemented by offers from institutions with which the Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer cooperates.

Lageplan von Arboretum

Arboretum on Weihenstephan Hill

Trees provide shade, save the climate and give life. The arboretum was planted on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the HSWT. Research is now being carried out to find out which of the 50 different trees can best cope with climate change. Here we introduce the trees and their patrons.



University of applied sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Weihenstephan Gardens
At the perennial garden 7
85354 Freising