carinthia botanic center

Carinthian Botanic Center

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Among the highlights of the Carinthian Botanic Center are the impressive rocky backdrop with the Alpinum, and a water landscape with a waterfall, stream and pond. It consists of the Botanical Garden, the Carinthian State Hermitage and a specialized library. The Carinthian Botanic Center is located at the foot of the Kreuzbergl in the historic quarry of the state capital Klagenfurt am W├Ârthersee. Visitors can explore the fascinating botanical garden and see peculiarities from all over the world. The focus of the garden is the conservation of rare or threatened species. Its other tasks involve research, advice, education and recreation. In addition, it’s part of an international exchange of seedlings and seeds. 

Valuable Collections

In addition to the oldest herbarium in Carinthia, the “Herbarium Vivum” dating back to 1752, the Carinthian Botanic Center houses a whole range of valuable collections. There are 180,000 specimens of dried and prepared flowering plants, ferns and horsetails, algae, mosses, lichens and fungi. They serve to research and document how plants changed over time. Furthermore, it has significant special collections: historical document collections, fixations, fruits and cones, biographies, historical scientific instruments, ethnobotanical objects and slides. In addition, you can see a comprehensive documentation of plant fossils from Carinthia.

The Carinthian Botanic Center is open throughout the year. May to September: daily 10 am to 6 pm, October to April: Mon to Thu 10 am to 4 pm; closed on holidays and snow weather.

More information can be found here (in German).

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