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Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbuehel Horn
Alpine Flower Garden
Length: total 13,8 km
Time needed: a total of approx 4hours
Degree of difficulty: middle
More than 300 different types of plants from all over the world make up this wonderful botanical dream.
Experts have declared this the most beautiful mountain garden in Europe. At 1,880 metres above sea level experience the colour and views from this mountain Panorama over an area of 20.000 m²
Hornbahn – alpine flower garden – Seilbahnstation Alpenhaus or from Alpenhaus to Horngipfel – Lämmerbühelalm – Kneippbecken – Bichlalm – return over the same way or walk over the old Sonnbergweg to Kitzbuehel.
From the Cable car station at the top of the Horngipfel (2000 m), then go down the mountain to the ‘Alpine Flower Garden’. You can the go down to the next cable car station, the Alpenhaus 1670 m, It is also possible to hike up to the Alpen Garden from this station Hornköpfl (1660 m, Hornbahn I und Hornbahn II).
The plants in the Alpine Flower garden have signs on each individual type explaining the plant and its origin as not all the plants are homologous. The garden has been looked after by Eva and Toni Hofer since 1985 and they have travelled far and wide collecting mountain plants from the Caucusus, the Andies, the Pyranees and the Himalayas. There are a collection of botanical species from the whole world.
The Garden is set on a grass filled naturally rocky underground. An adviser to the family Hofer is Prof. Dr. Herbert Reisigl from the Botanical Institute of Innsbruck who investigates the archives of the mountain plants. Here the knowledge is accumulated and put into practice that allows the wonderful flowering in the garden open from Spring until Autumn and the entrance free.
After the trip from the mountain through the Alpen Garden, a visit to the Hornköpfl gives a wonderful view over the Kitzbuehel Alps.There is possibility to go over the Lämmerbühelalm to the Bichlalm but it is a steep slope to walk. On the way you can enjoy the fresh water of the Kneippbad,
From the Bichlalm it is possible to return over the Alpine Flower Garden or go by the „alten Sonnbergweg“ to the Sonnbergstub’n and visit the ‘singing Landlady’ Rosi for a glass or two.
Info Box – approx. time and distance
- From the Hornbahn to the Alpine Flower garden and Alpenhaus: 1,7 km, 300 Hm, 40-60 min
- From the Horngipfel over the Alpine Flower garden, Hornköpfl, Lämmerbühelalm, Kneippbecken to the Bichlalm: 6,3 km, 450 Hm, 2,5 hours
- From Alpenhaus to the Bichlalm: 4,9 km, 200 Hm, 1¾ hours
Info Box – When and what flowers? In the Alpine Flower garden there is always from Spring to Autum something to see. Here are a few tips for the flowering times of different plants.
SPRING: Frühlingskrokus, Alpen-Eisglöckchen, Seidelbast, Kalkenzian, Aurikel, weißer Gebirgshahnenfuß, stängelloses Leimkraut, Alpenanemone, Berghähnlein.
SUMMER: Alpenaster, Arnika, Bartglockenblume, quirlblättriges Läusekraut, Wimper-Alpenrose, gelber Enzian, Türkenbund, Kohlröschen, Mücken-Handwurz.
AUTUMN: Zottiges Habichtskraut, Besenheide, deutscher Enzian, braunvioletter Enzian, Wollkopf-Kratzdistel, blauer Eisenhut, Alpen-Mannstreu, hoher Rittersporn, Wetterdistel.
Info.tip- Free guides a free guide service is offered around the Alpen Flöwer Garden. It is reachable with the Kitzbuehel Hornbahn from May until September . Entrance to the garden is via Hornbahn 1 and Horn-Gipfelbahn.
For people interested there is a guide book to the Horn and Garden „Führer durch den Alpenblumengarten am Kitzbuehel Horn“, available at all the lift stations of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbuehel and at Kitzbuehel Tourism for a cost of 3,-- Euro (available in English).
Free of charge
tel..: +43 5356 62857
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