The Hildegard Garden in Reith im Alpbachtal is the first herb and recreational garden dedicated to this saint
In the mountain village of Reith im Alpbachtal, on a small hill right next to the main school, a herb and recreation garden awaits you, where it smells and blossoms. It is called Kräutergarten Hildegard von Bingen in German language and was built by the Hildegard Association on a 900 sqm field. It has since offered not only a very special place to relax, but also a place where the time-honoured herbal knowledge and the holistic world view of Hildegard of Bingen are collected.
Hildegard of Bingen was a polymath with a knowledge of nature and healing in the 12th century, as well as a Benedictine nun, abbess, poet and composer. In 2012, the saint was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the rank of Doctor Ecclesiae universalis, a Doctor of the Universal Church.
The show garden includes a recreation area, a barefoot path, the Massage Path and a shallow water area. Numerous herbs and healing plants grow in between, and their effects are explained on small wooden panels. Guided tours are offered regularly in summer.
The Hildegard of Bingen Herb Garden stays open all year round, the garden is especially worth seeing between April and October.
Guided tours are offered from May to September, every Wednesday at 10 am (approx. 1 hour), meeting point at the garden.