Garden of senses
The Botanical Garden in Innsbruck is home to the only scent and touch garden in Austria designed for visually impaired and other disabled visitors.
Imagine you are standing in a wonderful garden with your eyes closed. You might be thinking that you would be unable to experience the wonder of nature all around you because you can't see it. Not true. You can smell the plants, you can feel the flowers and the leaves. You can experience the plant world in a new and quite possibly even more intense way. Visually impaired visitors cannot simply open their eyes again and look around. For these visitors, and for all those who want to experience the plant world with their sense of touch and smell, an experience garden has been created in the Botanic Garden in Innsbruck and is the only one of its kind in Austria.
Welcome to the scent and touch garden!
Wheelchair users have plenty of space on the 1.5 metre-wide paths that lead around the garden and between the beds. For visually impaired visitors, there is a handrail made of stainless steel for better orientation. Visitors are invited to experience the various plant species growing in the different beds with their hands and nose. For anyone who can't identify the plants based on smell alone, signs provide information both in a conventional font suitable for the visually impaired and in Braille.