The Munich Alpinum is one of the most species-rich plants in Germany. Over 2,000 species of alpine and Mediterranean plants are presented here in near-natural arrangements.

The collection is arranged according to geographical aspects and allows a direct comparison of different mountain floras. The main flowering period is in the months of May and June.

Basic requirements for the cultivation of mountain plants are good drainage and sufficient exposure to sun and wind. What many alpine species lack in Munich are the nightly temperature drops in summer and the permanent snow cover in winter. In some cases, the winter snow cover can be simulated by covering spruce brushwood. Nevertheless, the culture of some mountain plants does not succeed under lowland conditions. The culture possibilities in the Alpine Garden on the Schachen as well as in the Alpine House are a valuable addition. In its entirety, the Munich Alpine collection is unique in Germany in terms of species number and quality.

Alpinum site plan

Regions and group numbers in the Alpinum

Alps (red, numbers 1-7)
1 High shrublands
2, 3 Bavarian Alps
4, 6 Eastern Alps
5 Central Alps
7 South and Southwest Alps

Other European mountains (yellow, numbers 8-17)
8, 9, 10 Southern Europe
11 Carpathians
12, 15 Southern Europe
13 Pyrenees
14 Mediterranean area
16, 17 Balkan Peninsula

Asian mountains (blue, numbers 18-31)
18 Southwest Asia
19, 23 Central Asia
24, 25 Himalayas, East Asia
26, 27 Caucasus
28 – 31 Himalayas, East Asia

North American mountains (pink, numbers 20 and 21)
20, 21 Rocky Mountains

Mountains of the southern hemisphere (light green, numbers 22 and 23)
22, 23 New Zealand, South Africa, Southern South America