Forests, mountains, lakes, bogs - Bavaria's nature is incredibly diverse! Museums, botanical gardens, environmental stations and national park centres invite you to experience, explore, understand, and protect Bavaria's nature.

As the Natural Science Museum of Bavaria, BIOTOPIA is building up a network of such institutions. Partners such as environmental education centres, zoos, botanical gardens and museums will be brought together to strengthen natural history education throughout Bavaria. We are looking forward to exciting events, joint special and traveling exhibitions, and even more Bavaria-wide projects!

Take a look around and find out about the variety of places where you can encounter Bavaria's nature!

These people and institutions were our guests
  • Rasem Baban, Tierpark Hellabrunn
  • Christiane Baumann, LBV-Umweltstation Straubing
  • Christian Binder, Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald
  • Martin Blösl, Umweltstation Benediktbeuern
  • Ralf Braun-Reichert, Haus am Strom
  • Ulrich Brendel, Nationalparkzentrum Haus der Berge
  • Konrad Bucher, Ökologisches Bildungszentrum München
  • Robert Darga, Südostbayerisches Naturkunde- und Mammut-Museum
  • Eva Gebauer, Bionicum im Tiergarten Nürnberg
  • Lisa Graskamp, Naturerlebniszentrum Rhön
  • Andreas Güthler, BUND Naturschutz Naturerlebniszentrum Allgäu AlpSeeHaus
  • Frank Holzförster, GEO-Zentrum an der KTB e.V.
  • Martin Höpfner, Naturwissenschaftliches Museum Aschaffenburg
  • Christina Ifrim, Jura-Museum Eichstätt
  • Eva Kneißl, Jugendfarm Erlangen
  • Thomas Lipp, Zoo Augsburg
  • Andreas Puhr, Museum Wald und Umwelt
  • Carsten Ritzau, Naturkundemuseum Coburg
  • Michael Rummel, Naturmuseum Augsburg
  • Markus Schmidberger, LBV-Zentrum Mensch und Natur
  • Lina Seybold, RiesKraterMuseum Nördlingen
  • Katrin Simon, Botanischer Garten der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Tanja Stegemann, Naturkundemuseum Ostbayern
Participants from BIOTOPIA and the Museum Mensch und Natur
  • Michael Apel, Leiter Museum Mensch und Natur & Stv. Direktor BIOTOPIA
  • Anastasia Czerny, Leitung BIOTOPIA Förderkreis
  • Dora Dzvonyar, Leitung BIOTOPIA Digital & Mobil
  • Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA
  • Caroline Illinger, Ausstellungskuratorin Museum Mensch und Natur/BIOTOPIA
  • Leonie Liebich, Kommunikationsmanagerin BIOTOPIA

Nature education network

Kick-off meeting of the future Bavaria-wide network on October 26, 2021

On October 26, 2021, a meeting of natural history and environmental education institutions from all administrative districts of Bavaria took place in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Natural history museums, botanical gardens, national park centers, animal parks, environmental stations as well as environmental education centers of different types, sizes and sponsors were represented. The goal of the meeting was to inform about our upcoming Bavaria-wide cooperation network and to understand the interests and needs of the individual institutions with regard to the network.


Bavarian Forest National Park
Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest National Park, founded in 1970, is the oldest national park in Germany. On an area of ​​24,250 hectares, there are 500 km of trails for hiking and biking and almost 100 km of cross-country skiing trails. Together with the adjacent Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, it forms the largest contiguous forest reserve in Central Europe. In addition to nature conservation, the park also promotes research, environmental education and regional funding.
Image rights: Gregor Wolf
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Bionicum in the Nuremberg Zoo

Let’s go on a discovery tour: The Bionicum Ideenreich Natur is an interactive exhibition on the subject of Bionics in the Nuremberg Zoo. Attendees of all ages learn which role models from nature served as inspiration for technological inventions. There is also a bionic tour in the zoo, regular events on Bionics and a wide range of educational offers for all age groups.

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Botanical Garden of the University of Würzburg

The Botanical Garden of the University of Würzburg is home to 9,000 plant species from all continents, which are shown in greenhouses and outdoor areas depending on their natural habitat. In addition to its importance for research, teaching, public education and species protection, the botanical garden is a place of relaxation.

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GEO center at the KTB

Geoscientists drilled 9,101 m deep into the Earth's crust near Windischeschenbach, thus creating the deepest hole in the world in hard crystalline rock – a unique  achievement. Be amazed by the research results right next to the 83 m high drilling tower and learn more about the Earth as the fundamental basis of living nature on our planet at the GEO Center at the KTB.
Image rights: Tourismuszentrum Oberpfälzer Wald

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Haus im Moos environmental education center
Kleinhohenried, Landkreis Neuburg-Schrobenhausen

Southern Germany's largest fen, the Donaumoos, is located in the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen. In this idyllic location, you will find the Haus im Moos - an environmental education center with exhibitions, accommodation, a large outdoor area and an extensive open-air museum in which visitors can experience the 200-year history of settlement in this unique natural area.

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House by the river
Jochenstein, Passauer Donautal

Nature and technology in the Passau Danube Valley are at the center of the new exhibition in the Haus am Strom: the nature of the Danube Valley, the power of the Danube and the water itself are the focus of the interactive exhibition. Observe Danube fish or the attraction of the Danube river, the green lizards. The environmental station offers a variety of events.

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House of the Mountains

The perfect addition to a visit to Germany's only Alpine National Park: Enjoy the award-winning exhibition "Vertical Wilderness", get interactive information about the protected area, attend a cinema in the foyer with nature films or changing exhibitions on two levels. You can also take a panoramic path around the house on which you can experience the four main habitats of the national park: water, forest, alpine pasture and rock.

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Jurassic Museum

The Jurassic Museum on the Eichstätter Willibaldsburg high above the Altmühltal is one of the most beautifully located natural history museums in Germany. The focus of the exhibition is on the fossils of the Solnhofen limestone, which have been brought to light by the intensive quarrying activity in the region.

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RiesKraterMuseum Nördlingen

The RiesKraterMuseum is a natural science museum with one central theme: The origin and significance of impact craters and especially the Nördlinger Ries. In a lavishly renovated medieval barn building from 1503 - distributed over six rooms - the giant event with its planetological roots and its earthly effects, which continue to have an effect to this day, is presented.

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Natural History Museum Augsburg

The Natural History Museum Augsburg provides insights into the history of the Earth from the beginnings of life up to the present. Visitors experience the fascinating world of minerals and gemstones, special zoological topics with animals from all regions of the world, as well as ecological contexts of the most diverse biotopes in Central Europe.
Image rights A. Hagens

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Natural History Museum Bamberg

The Natural History Museum Bamberg combines the historical with the modern in a unique way. One of the oldest natural history halls in the world - the famous Vogelsaal with its thousands of colorful animal specimens and the classicist ambience gives an idea of the view of nature as it was offered in a natural history cabinet over 200 years ago. The modern permanent exhibitions, which are dedicated to various natural history topics with a regional focus, form the contrast. With constantly changing special exhibitions, guests are given the opportunity to learn something new about nature over and over again.

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Natural History Museum Coburg

With more than 700,000 collection items, the largest natural history museum in Northern Bavaria provides information on various topics from the fields of geology, zoology and ethnology. Exciting themed exhibitions, including the history of the Earth, evolution and the native flora and fauna, extend over an exhibition area of ​​2,400 m².

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Natural History Museum of Eastern Bavaria

The Natural History Museum of Eastern Bavaria is located in the idyllic Herzogspark in the immediate vicinity of the Danube and not far from the historic old town. Visitors experience the regional habitats, including the associated flora and fauna, in vivid exhibitions that take into account both the geological past and present of Eastern Bavaria. The program also includes activities for families and children as well as programming for kindergarteners and schools (e.g. "Adventure Water World" at the museum's own pond).

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Parkstein volcano experience

Discover the southernmost volcano in Bavaria! The basalt cone "Hoher Parkstein" amazes every visitor with its 38-meter-high basalt wall and the breathtaking view of the hilly landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest. Get to know the exciting geology and history of Parkstein and experience your "first volcanic eruption".

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Primeval Museum Oberfranken

In exciting exhibitions, knowledge is presented with fossils, crystals and rocks. Touching is allowed in many places. Huge dinosaurs, accessible crystals, plants from a primeval jungle and countless animals such as ichthyosaurs, crocodiles, ammonites and fish from a tropical shallow sea lead visitors through millions of years of geological history in Upper Franconia.

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Siegsdorf Natural History and Mammoth Museum

Enjoy science of our planet explained in a clear and uncomplicated way. As a visitor, you can learn about the formation of rocks, fossils, earthquakes, age determination and continental drift. Immerse yourself in 250 million years of geological history. The skeleton of the Siegsdorf cave lion and the original bones of the world-famous Siegsdorf mammoth are the highlights of the Ice Age exhibition.

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Weismain environmental station

The environmental station of the Lichtenfels district is located in the historic Kastenhof in Weismain. Pottery courses, baking in the wood oven, bee projects, water excursions or bike tours: the environmental station offers an exciting variety of courses on the subjects of nature, gardening, environmental protection and traditional crafts.

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