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KARTAUSE ITTINGEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Stiftung Kartause Ittingen
Thurgau
Switzerland
8532 Warth

2,400 acres

Tel
00 41 52 748 44 11

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Opening Hours

Daily. Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Non-member adult CHF10 for museums and gardens.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Sculpture

About the garden

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People have lived and worked at Kartause Ittingen for centuries, leaving their mark not only on the monastery’s architecture but also its gardens. As time went by, small gardens turned into a large garden area where vineyards, hop yards, vegetable gardens and gorgeous flower gardens combine into a unique whole.

In early summer, more than 1,000 rosebushes transform the garden into a romantic sea of blossoms. Old views of the former monastery show that the monks took great care of their gardens, and each of their cells came with a little garden. The two cloister gardens at the centre of the monastery, however, served as places of silence and meditation. The extended area within the outer enclosure was used by the lay monks and servants to grow vegetables.

When Viktor Fehr bought the monastery after its dissolution in 1848, the area within and around the monastery continued to be used as vegetable and fruit gardens. The Baroque garden and the prior’s garden, however, became places for representation and recreation, and today, the Baroque garden is a popular backdrop for festive occasions.

The cloister garden has always been a place for growing fruit trees and on Sundays the monks used the large cloister garden for their recreation. The hop gardens west of the monastery’s walls are dedicated to the cultivation of hops, famous for giving ‘Ittinger Amber’ beer its unparalleled flavour. The hops grown in the small garden are used for tea, tea mixtures and scented sachets.

A walk through the impressive gardens and monastery grounds reveals the life and work of people here, both now and in the past as history blends with the present – from the thyme labyrinth and medicinal herb garden to the fruit orchards and the largest collection of historic roses in Switzerland.

Plants of special interest

  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.