Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden - Villar d'Arène (05) - Hautes-Alpes - Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur - France

Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden Villar d'Arène - Hautes-Alpes (05) - Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur

Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden : The Lautaret pass is located in the marvellous area of the glaciers of La Meije (3983 m) and the Ecrins National Park. It is known for long for its remarkable biological diversity (flora and fauna). At 2100 meters of altitude, the Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden was created 100 years ago by Grenoble University. The extraordinary beauty and the infinite diversity of mountain plants from the five continents is presented in an area of 5 acres and from June to September around 25,000 visitors discover more than 2,000 species distributed according to their country of origin (Alps, Colorado, Caucasus, Himalayas, Japan, Arctic, Andes, South Africa, etc...) and to their ecology (grasslands, screes, swamps...). The richness of the collections presented in landscaped rock gardens integrated in the natural landscape make it one of the most famous mountain gardens in Europe.
The alpine garden is also involved in programs of conservation of endangered mountain species and in programs of investigations on the adaptations of alpine plants to extreme conditions that occur at high altitude. Created in : 1899
Surface : 2 ha

  • Opening 2017 :
    From 04 june to 21 september, every day, from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Visits :
    Unguided visits.
    Guided visits , Duration of a guided visit : 1h30, Minimal number of persons for a guided visit : 20 .
    Access partially adapted for disabled persons.
    Reservation groups
  • Charges :
    Adults : 7,00 euros. Children (12-18 years old): 5,00 euros. Children (-12 years old): free entrance.
    Groups (+ of 10 people): 3,00 euros.
    Guided visits in July and August to 10.30 am, 2.30 pm and 4 pm. (no extra charge, obligatory reservation for groups).
  • Services :
    Shop, Public lavatory, Dog not admitted, Exhibition visitation.
  • Access :
    GPS (Lat x Long) : 45.036049000, 6.400073000