4 I the Brocken The Brocken I 5 through some of the most sensitive areas of the National Park, the National Park Authority is committed to close cooperation with the Brocken Railway for an environmentally friendly operation. Only by acting together can potential damage to natural resources be averted. 3 Brocken Garden The show and experimental garden on the Brocken was founded in 1890 by Prof. Dr. Albert Peter, at that time Director of the Botanical Garden of the Georg August University of Göttingen. Until 1949, Göttingen University was responsible for the Garden, then Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and finally, after 1990, the National Park. Brocken Garden has always fulfilled conservation and research tasks, served educational purposes and been made available to Brocken visitors. To achieve these tasks and objectives, the Garden was divided into experimental and show plots. The show part of the garden is hard to see from the circular path. You are therefore cordially invited to a garden tour, which starts on weekdays at the entrance of the meteorological station at 11:30 and 14:00 (mid-May to mid-October). On weekends and public holidays, a visit is only possible in combination with circular walks guided by a Ranger, beginning at 11:00 and 13:00. In the Garden there are garden plants introduced from the high mountain regions of the world, among others. If you would like to know more, then you can get a booklet called „Brocken Garden in the Harz“ from Brockenhaus. In board 2 you can see the natural part of the experimental plot. Studies on the restoration of the Brocken plateau mainly take place here. The splendour of the present Brocken Garden is only possible through intensive professional maintenance. Since the beginning, there were several periods when Brocken Garden was not at all or only very irregularly maintained. This meant that at the start of work by the National Park in 1990, only 97 of the formerly 1,400 cultivated species were detected. Today, visitors to the garden can marvel at more than 1,500 plant species from the high mountain regions of the world. Restoration of the Brocken summit and public relations work are essential tasks of this botanical garden.