Federal Garden Show 2007

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Federal Garden Show 2007
Buga 2007 Gera Logo.svg
place Gera
opening April 27, 2007
Opened by Federal President Horst Köhler
graduation October 14, 2007
surface 90 ha
Investments 146.1 million euros
Visitors 1,492,733
Reuse Parks
View over the Hofwiesenpark in Gera shortly before the opening of the BUGA
The new landscape of Ronneburg with the wooden bridge Drachenschwanz

The 2007 Federal Garden Show took place from April 27th to October 14th, 2007 in Gera and the small town of Ronneburg 10 km to the east . The core of the exhibition was on the one hand the renatured uranium ore mining landscapes around Ronneburg, on the other hand the parks in the formerly prosperous industrial and residential city of Gera.

Planning and awarding

In August 1993 a thesis paper was drawn up for the implementation of a state horticultural show in Gera. The first plans to use the renatured open-cast mine landscape around Ronneburg to hold a federal horticultural show came about in 1995 as part of the spatial planning for the regional promotion of East Thuringia.

The two cities and the district of Greiz - represented by Mayor Ralf Rauch and District Administrator Martina Schweinsburg - were awarded the contract to prepare a Federal Garden Show (BUGA) on September 12, 1997 at the Federal Garden Show in Gelsenkirchen . In 1998, a framework plan for the show was drawn up and on September 30th an implementation contract and a partnership agreement between the two cities and the Central Horticultural Association , the organizer of the federal horticultural shows , were concluded. This formed the contractual framework for the implementation of the BUGA in Thuringia .

Opening ceremony

On April 27, 2007, the official opening of the Federal Garden Show took place in the Geraer Stadion der Freunde. The approximately one-hour show program, which was moderated by Axel Bulthaupt , included performances by Joana Zimmer , Frank Schöbel as well as dance schools, children's groups and choirs from Gera and the surrounding area and traditional mining associations from all over Germany. Shortly before 12 noon, the garden show was officially opened by Federal President Horst Köhler . The tickets for the opening ceremony were mostly given to buyers of the BUGA season tickets.

Exhibition areas

There were two fenced in and entry-based exhibition areas, one of which was in Gera and one in Ronneburg.


In the first weeks of the BUGA, tulips dominated the planting of the beds in the Hofwiesenpark; here in the background the former state central bank

The Hofwiesenpark is located in Gera between the city center, the Untermhaus district and the White Elster . Characteristic of the park, which was completely redesigned for the Federal Garden Show, is the division into four ovals: the Hofwiesenbad (located outside the fenced-in park) , the Spieloval , the Stadium of Friendship and the event oval with the Hofwiesenbühne.

At the southern end of the Hofwiesenpark, the traditional urban summer pool was also included in the exhibition area. The basins were planted. On the east side of the park in a former factory building was the flower hall with weekly changing exhibitions.

During the BUGA, the Hofwiesenpark exhibition area also included the Jahr Villa , located on the other bank of the Elster, with the exhibition areas for allotments and grave design, as well as the Hofgut under the former Osterstein Castle , where catering facilities and a mountain garden were located. This area was connected to the actual Hofwiesenpark by two pedestrian bridges: the newly built Textimasteg and the Untermhäuser Bridge . As an originally planned temporary bridge could no longer be built due to lack of money and time, the latter was divided lengthways for the duration of the show by a highly controversial fence, so that the river is now on the north side by public pedestrian traffic, on the south side by the BUGA visitors could be crossed.

New landscape Ronneburg

View over the Neue Landschaft Ronneburg to the Schmirchauer Höhe , which was built on the site of the former open-cast mine

The Neue Landschaft Ronneburg is a completely redesigned landscape park in the former uranium ore mining area Ronneburg of the SDAG Wismut . The park is divided by the Gessental , which is spanned by the 240-meter-long Drachenschwanz adventure bridge, one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe. In the south of the area, the Ronneburg balcony with the Lichtenberg edges was built on the site of a former open-cast mine.

Connecting areas

Hofwiesenpark and Neue Landschaft are connected by an almost seamlessly connected belt of green spaces that stretches from the center of Gera to Ronneburg.

Kitchen garden

The kitchen garden is located immediately north of the Hofwiesenpark. Created in the 17th century, it is the city's oldest park. On the occasion of the Federal Garden Show, it was redesigned into a baroque garden, while the historical buildings that border the park, the orangery and the theater , were extensively restored and modernized. Both the clearing of numerous trees and hedges during the park's redesign and the fact that shortly after the opening of the BUGA four of the five park entrances were closed to visitors to protect the park from dogs and cyclists were controversial. Due to public pressure, however, this was soon reversed, only two park entrances remained closed during the BUGA.

Ufer Elster Park

Ufer-Elster-Park is an industrial park interspersed with green spaces on the site of the former Gera-Süd marshalling yard. The new Gera speed runway, which used to be in the Hofwiesenpark, has now found its place here.


The Gessental is the valley of the Gessenbach , which has its origin in the Kauern district. It flowed over the Pohlteich and then the pond at the former Talmühle (restaurant with gondola station) through the former village of Gessen (victim of the heap slide in 1966). In the Gessental not far from the former delete mill, the Baderbach / Badergraben flows northwest of Ronneburg into the Gessenbach. South of the Gera city center, after the Gessenbach passed the towns of Collis and Pforten, it flows into the White Elster . At the western entrance to the Gessental, between the Gera districts of Pforten and Zwötzen , a former industrial site was converted into a spacious park as the entrance to the Gessental . At the eastern, upper end of the valley is the New Ronneburg landscape. Here the easternmost foothills of the valley are spanned by the kite's tail .

City park Ronneburg

The Ronneburger Stadtpark forms the center of the small town with the Baderteich and the Ronneburg Castle.

Official accompanying projects

Resurrection Aurora: Sculpture park under the winding tower near Löbichau (accompanying project to Buga 2007)


The Veoliabühne in Hofwiesenpark

Both the BUGA areas themselves and the cities as a whole hosted a large number of cultural and sporting events during the garden show. Both exhibition areas housed an open-air stage; The highlights were u. a. the prelude to the German tour of the princes on May 5th in Ronneburg or the performances of the operetta Wiener Blut on June 30th and July 1st on the Hofwiesenbühne in Gera.

In Gera, regular events such as the theater festival Alles Theater or the Goldene Spatz have been integrated into the program of the Federal Garden Show. The Gera art gallery in the orangery was reopened on June 24th with the exhibition Un-Verblümt (until September 23rd), which dealt with floral motifs in Otto Dix's work and thus tried to create a specific reference to the Federal Garden Show. On May 4th and 5th, a dance sport world championship for professionals took place in the Gera Panndorfhalle, in the immediate vicinity of Hofwiesenpark.

Changes in the cityscape

In addition to the construction and redesign of the facilities directly associated with the Federal Horticultural Show, the cities of Gera and Ronneburg themselves were redesigned in many ways. The focus here is of course on the renovation of the mine in Ronneburg; see the articles Ronneburg and New Landscape Ronneburg .

Transport and infrastructure

On November 4, 2006 the new tram line 1 of the Gera tram was officially opened. It connects the city center with the Untermhaus and Zwötzen districts and thus forms a direct connection between the Hofwiesenpark and the entrance to the Gessental. The main train station and south train station have been modernized and have direct transfer options to the tram network .

In spring 2007 the new east bypass Geras was put into operation. The federal highway 2 leading through the city was relieved. Associated with this was the construction of a new exit from the federal motorway 4 , the so-called Geraer Kreuz .

In the city center itself, the B 2 was also rebuilt. The previous route, which was located on the area of ​​the new Hofwiesenpark, was dismantled and replaced by the four-lane Gebrüder-Häußler-Straße , which runs further east .


In addition to the redesign of the parks, the Federal Horticultural Show was also taken into account in numerous smaller places in the city by adding flower beds and Ä. Were created. In 2005 the city of Gera had already won a gold medal in the competition Our city is blossoming . For the BUGA, for example, a city map of Geras composed of flower beds was created on a large open space in the center. In Bielitzstrasse not far from the main train station, a fountain that had not been in operation for several years was converted into a flower bed.

Logos and symbols

Logo of the BUGA 2007
  • The official BUGA logo showed two stylized leaves. Often (on posters etc.) a signet is also used, which represents an eye surrounded by flower petals. This was seen on most of the merchandising items.
  • The official mascot of the Federal Horticultural Show 2007 is the Bugalou dragon . It was also sold in the form of plush toys, key rings, money boxes, etc.
  • In December 2006 the 27-year-old business economist Simone Hartung was named the official BUGA queen.

Organizational matters

Organization and financing

The 2007 Federal Horticultural Show was organized by the Central Horticultural Association, the cities of Gera and Ronneburg and the district of Greiz . The total financing volume was 146.1 million euros, of which 86.4 million were provided by funds from the Free State of Thuringia; the municipalities involved contributed 34.9 million. The show also received financial support from a number of companies, including Sparkasse Gera-Greiz and Langnese-Eiseis as premium sponsors . There is also a separate BUGA sponsorship association.


Day tickets, two-day tickets and season tickets were offered.

The day tickets for the Federal Horticultural Show were only valid for one visit to the Hofwiesenpark and the Neuer Landschaft within a calendar day. A re-entry into one of the once abandoned parks was not possible. This fact has been hotly debated in the regional media because it is often not possible, e.g. B. to capture the Hofwiesenpark in one piece. The organizers of the BUGA granted permission to leave and re-enter one of the parks in justified exceptional cases.

Bus shuttle

Between the exhibition areas Hofwiesenpark and Neue Landschaft Ronneburg as well as the central car park at Gera-Leumnitz airfield, there was a bus shuttle operated by GVB and private haulage companies during the BUGA . The fare was included in the BUGA entrance fee.


The Federal Horticultural Show was seen by a total of 1,492,733 visitors, the originally targeted number of 1.5 million was thus very narrowly missed. For tourism in the region, which has hardly been significant up to now, the BUGA brought a noticeable upswing, at least temporarily: The number of overnight stays in Gera from January to July 2007 was 57 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year, in July 2007 an increase of 109 percent was recorded.


  • Winfried Pickart (ed.), Andreas Vieweg: Federal Garden Show 2007. Gera and Ronneburg. A region changes. Winfried Pickart self-published, Hartmannsdorf 2007. ISBN 978-3-00-021282-6

Web links

Commons : Bundesgartenschau 2007  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The pyramids of Ronneburg , p. 267
  2. Competition results of the artistic ideas competition (PDF; 2.8 MB)
  3. http://www.buga2007.de/www/buga/aktuelles/archiv/mehr.htm?recordid=10E88F02CBD  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.buga2007.de  
  4. a b Official press kit for the BUGA deal  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.buga2007.de  
  5. ^ Ostthüringer Zeitung , June 8, 2007
  6. http://www.buga2007.de/www/buga/presse/presseinformationen/aktuell/mehr.htm?recordid=115A8155728  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.buga2007.de