Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

Core Facility Botanical Garden

Search again Edit this page
Austria - Vienna

Institution Code: WU

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Caryopteris incana
Caryopteris incana

About the Core Facility Botanical Garden

In 1754 Archduchess (Empress) Maria Theresia of Austria founded a Pharmaceutical Garden in baroque style for the Medical Faculty of Vienna University. Already at its present location in Vienna's third district, this formed the basis for today's Botanical Garden attached to the Institute of Botany at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
After several changes, the Botanical Garden now presents a synthesis between a 19th century landscape garden and a display of plants in systematic and plant-geographical arrangement. Several smaller areas in the garden are devoted to specific topics, such as useful plants, succulents, alpine floras, vegetation types of Austria, plant genetics and evolution etc.
Today, the Garden covers an area of ca. 8 ha.
It is open to the public all year long free of charge.
The greenhouses (ca. 1.500 m2), originally built between 1890 - 1893, were severely damaged during World Wars I and II, and are now renovated or rebuilt. Because of space problems, most of the greenhouses are used for scientific purposes only and not open to the public. However, a permanent "rainforest-exhibition" for visitors has been established in one greenhouse.

Main Address:
Core Facility Botanical Garden
University of Vienna
Rennweg 14
1030 Austria

Telephone: 43 (0)1 4277 54100
Fax: 43 (0)1 4277 9541
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: ao Prof. Dr. Michael Kiehn
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Barbara Knickmann
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 40
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1754
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 48.2000
    Longitude: 16.3833
    Annual Rainfall: 600 mm
    Altitude: 190.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1200 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanischer Garten der Universität Wien
  • Local Address: Rennweg 14 1030 Wien
  • Locality: City: Wien
  • Locality: State: Wien

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1400000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 6
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 150000
    Number of Volunteers: 4

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 30000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 10500
  • Special Collections:Bromeliaceae, Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae), Gesneriaceae, Pannonian dry area plants, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae, tropical and subtropical woody plants

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes