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Dear guests of the car meetings around our lakes!
In order to give everyone a wonderful time, we would like to point out the following:
Show respect!  Protect the environment!  Avoid noise! 
Pay attention to the rules!  Act exemplary!

We are looking forward to your coming!
Alpine garden with signs

The green Alpengarten

Alpengarten on the Dobratsch

10,000 m² of natural garden with 800 alpine plants on the Villach Alpine Road

Even back during the ground-breaking ceremony for the mountain road on 3 July 1961, the then mayor Gottfried Timmerer suggested establishing an alpine garden on the Dobratsch. Nature lovers enthusiastically embraced the idea, founding the “Alpengarten Villacher Alpe” association in 1966. Visitors to the impressive panoramic road were to be given the chance to get to know the alpine flora; preserving and propagating rare plants has been another goal to this very day. The 1.2 hectare site between the Villach Alpine Road and the brim of the Schütt is located at an altitude of 1,500 m only a few steps from car park P6.
old man in front of a infosign
alpgarden infopoint

Volunteer work for alpine flora: lovingly cultivated alpine garden on the Dobratsch

Ever since opening the Alpengarten on 1 July 1973, the site has been open to visitors from early June to late August. Admission is affordable – not least because many volunteers nurture and cultivate the garden. The biodiversity of the alpine flora is particularly abundant thanks to Carinthia’s location. The province is located at the intersection of several flora zones: arctic-alpine, central-European, Illyrian, sub-Mediterranean and sub-Pannonian plants can be seen. Alpine limestone flora is also represented with numerous species. Plants diligently arranged in 27 plant quarters can be easily identified due to meticulously placed name tags by volunteers!

Natural garden on the Dobratsch with biotope, medicinal, spice and fragrant plants

Visit the Alpengarten more than once, because the blossoming plants quickly alternate in the brief alpine summer. Marvel at early flowering plants in June, see the colourful main flowering from late June to mid-July and the tail forb blossoms with numerous late flowerings in August. Tip: take a look at the special features, such as the Wulfenia (native exclusively to Carinthia!), Austrian kidney-vetch and various types of lilies. If you’d take a piece of the Alpengarten back home, then feel free: seeds and seedlings are given away for a donation. If you’d like to learn more about the Alpengarten, consult the information boards or purchase the Alpengarten guide and interesting CDs.
Opening hours for the Alpengarten: early June to late August
every day 9 am to 6 pm, approx. time required 1 hour

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