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Extending for a total of 36 hectares, the egapark in the south-west of Erfurt is one of Germany's largest gardens and recreation parks. In 1885, the site of a former fortification complex was turned into a public park and successively enlarged over the course of the years. The first Garden Show was held here in 1950 and from 1961 until German reunification, today's egapark was the venue of the International Horticultural Show held at regular intervals.

Every season, some 500,000 visitors from the whole of Germany enjoy the unique charm of the egapark in Erfurt, which features an exceptional combination of a world of gardens, adventure and children's attractions set in the ambience of the 1960s. It has been included in the "Thuringian Grand Tour of Modernism" introduced to mark the Bauhaus centenary, so there is now a greater focus on its significance as an historic monument, with its historic buildings, pavilions and the design of the park grounds. In this way, the egaprk is gaining special acclaim. 

The park grounds also include an observatory, a nature trail and the German Horticultural Museum, which covers all aspects of the history and significance of horticulture in its permanent exhibition.

Opening hours

Season from mid-March to 31 October
There may be special and extended opening hours for events.

Winter opening hours from 1 November to mid-March: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Guided tours by appointment (also multilingual)
The egapark express (round trip) runs daily every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April to September, departing from the Visitors' Centre.

No dogs allowed in the park.

Services

  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Café
  • Snack bar
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German
  • Parking for coach: 10

Accessibility

Fully accessible for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Lift available for wheelchair users Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Assistance for persons hard of hearing

8 disabled parking spaces (3.40 x 4.80 metres) near the entrance. Route to entrance over concrete paving with 5% incline for about 25 metres. Access to the entrance from the direction of the tram stop via a ramp with 6 ramp tracks (each 12 metres long, 1.40 metres wide, 8%, intermediate platform with seating). Also lift. Access to lift with 4% incline for about 15 metres.

Easy-to-navigate main paths with asphalt, concrete paving and cobbles; some inclines of up to 7%. Secondary paths with sand and water-bound surface. Escort recommended for some park areas (including the Japanese Garden).

Between the main path and Halls 1 to 4, a drainage channel has to be crossed (threshold = 2.5 cm). In the course of ongoing conversion work, access to Hall 1 via a ramp is being constructed. 1 WC next to Hall 1. Please note: accessible at right = 75 cm, left = 74 cm, depth = 60 cm. Also toilets by playground and pavilion.

Access to farm over cobbles and gravel path with 6% incline, to shed via threshold (2 cm). Access to farmhouse by steps. Paths in the Japanese Garden with cobbles, sand and natural stone slabs, difficult to navigate in some cases and with incline of up to 10%. Several narrow points (90 cm).

Main paths in the Rose Garden with concrete paving with incline of 15% for about 50 metres. Secondary paths with gravel. Paths to observatory and viewing tower too steep for wheelchair users.

Fragrance, sound and tactile garden for the blind and visually impaired. Paths over water-bound surface with incline of up to 10% for about 20 metres. Information boards in Braille.

Level access to Plant Café - also WC nearby. Please note: access via threshold (2 cm). Accessible at right only = 56 cm, depth 56 cm. From the café, access to the plant showrooms via 2 ramps (15 metres long, 1.20 cm wide, 4% and 12 metres long, 1.20 metres wide, 7%). Other catering facilities accessible for wheelchair users: egaarena via ramp (10 metres long, 1.20 metres wide, 5%), Bistro at Meeting Point via ramp (6 metres long, 8%) and "Restaurant Orchidee" (door width = 81 cm), from main path over a threshold (2.5 cm).

egapark can also be explored on the egapark express - possible with limitations for wheelchair users. Guide dogs permitted. By prior arrangement, guided tours can be adapted to meet the requirements of guests with disabilities.

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Contact information

Erfurter Garten- und Ausstellungs gemeinnützige GmbH

Gothaer Straße 38
99094 Erfurt

Telephone: +49 (0) 361 - 5 64 37 37
Fax: +49 (0) 361 - 5 64 37 22

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