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Guiding principles

The Schynige Platte Alpine Garden was founded in 1927 and is a scientifically managed botanical garden. Its non-profit supporting association guarantees its independence with sustainable financing.


The Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden

  • houses the alpine plants from Switzerland and neighbouring areas, which are displayed in their natural plant communities wherever possible.
  • is open to the public and provides knowledge about the alpine flora, the importance of biodiversity and the conservation of natural habitats as well as the effects of land use and climate change.
  • serves scientific research and teaching.
  • profiles itself as a centre of competence for questions concerning the alpine flora.


The Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden

  • strives to continuously complete the plant collection according to scientific standards.
  • conserves and propagates alpine plants, including endangered species where possible.
  • collects its own seeds and those from the Swiss Alpine region.
  • exchanges its own seeds with botanical gardens in Switzerland and abroad.
  • supports research projects in the sense of this mission statement and also maintains a cultivation area for experiments.
  • works closely with the Institute of Plant Sciences and the Botanical Garden of the University of Bern as well as other institutions and experts.
  • works in partnership and trust with the Ausser-Iselten mountain community, the Schynige Platte Railway and the relevant authorities.
  • maintains the "Lüdiweide", which has been used since 1930 to observe the long-term consequences of changes in land use.
  • documents its activities and publications in an appropriate form.
  • attracts motivated and committed staff and provides them with the skills to fulfil valuable tasks in the sense of this mission statement.


The Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden

  • stands for the preservation of biodiversity.
  • stands for respect, integrity, friendliness, openness and tolerance, both internally and externally.

Become a Member!

The Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden is supported by its members and by donations. Become a member and help to secure the future of the Alpine Garden!