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3rd Thuringian State Garden Show in Schmalkalden

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From 25 April to 4 October 2015, Schmalkalden is hosting the great Thuringian garden festival. Like a string of pearls, the different sections of the Garden Show are linked to form the stations in a garden journey through time. The route through the Old Quarter connects the Show's green spaces and presents Schmalkalden as a fascinating memento to European urban development. The terraced garden at Wilhelmsburg Castle, which was originally designed in line with French and Italian models, has been redeveloped on the basis of historic plans and and restored to the old splendour of this jewel of art and culture.  

In an area of some 13 hectares, visitors will enjoy a vivid presentation of horticultural enterprise. Thousands of flowers will enchant them with their fragrance and colour. Impressive theme gardens and magnificent flower shows will demonstrate the creativity of Thuringian gardeners and florists.

Music, street performers, theatre  and cabaret bring life to the 163-day garden festival. Artists, associations, groups and institutions from the region are using the State Garden Show as a platform to present their programmes.

In a specially designed open-air church, the focus is on the journey through life.

The Green Classroom offers teaching modules relating to flora and fauna for young nature lovers and schoolchildren.

Trained guides provide information about the concept and exhibition sections of the State Garden Show and about the history of the town and region. Parties can book guided tours.

The ticket price includes almost all the events held in the sections to which admission is granted. And with the family ticket, children aged between 6 and 17 years are admitted free when accompanied by their parents.

Opening hours

Monday: 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

25 April - 4 October 2015

April/May/Sept./Oct. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

June/July/August 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily

Visitors can remain on the site until dusk and leave it via barrier-free turnstiles.

No dogs are allowed on the site of the State Garden Show, with the exception of guide dogs.


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Café
  • Snack bar
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German
  • Parking for coach: 24
  • Parking for car: 400
  • Family- and child-friendly
  • For children and families:

    There are a large number of events for young visitors, ranging from the Green Classroom for schoolchildren through the Holiday Programme to the Torch Concert.


Restricted access for wheelchair users

The State Garden Show is very largely barrier-free in the areas Westendpark, Viba-Park, Siechenteiche and Stadtpark and the flower halls. The terraced garden of Wilhelmsburg Castle is not barrier-free. However, wheelchairs can be used at the castle pond level. From here, there is an impressive view of the southern side of the castle complex with the terraces.

Information about the locations of the disabled parking spaces and portable toilets will be provided shortly before the Show opens.

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Contact information

Altmarkt 1
98574 Schmalkalden

Telephone: 03683 / 667-400
Fax: 03683 / 667-450

Contact: Frau Marina Heldt

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