Tiergarten Schönbrunn is the Zoo in Vienna – and it is actually the oldest of its kind in the world! Since 1755, exotic animals have called this place, which is located in the park belonging to the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace, home. Even though we did not have a lot of time to experience Vienna, we had to see the oldest zoo in the world. And when I also learned that Tiergarten Schönbrunn was the home of two panda cubs, we definitely had to visit!
Contrary to visiting Edinburgh Zoo, I do not believe it is necessary to buy your tickets in advance. You do not have to “book an appointment” to see the pandas as in Edinburgh Zoo, and it does not seem like you can save any money by buying the tickets beforehand. On the other hand, there is different kinds of combined tickets you can purchase, if you know which other attractions in Vienna you wish to visit. Before arriving in Vienna, we had bought a Vienna City Card, which gave us free public transport and discounts to several attractions. We showed this at the ticket window and saved 3 euro pr. person. You can read more about the different combined tickets on Tiergarten Schönbruun’s website.
Nice zoo in historical surroundings
At first glance, Schönbrunn Zoo does not look very big, but don’t be fooled. The park is built up of many green areas and large enclosures for the animals. Scattered around in the zoo you will also find different historical buildings. Some of them give you the opportunity to experience yourself just how little room the animals have had in the past…
Wear you comfortable shoes
Even though the main part of the zoo is relatively plane, there is some great views and interesting animals to see, if you walk up to the forest in the back of the park. And when you have made your way both up and down, don’t you deserve one of the yummy ice creams you can buy at the ice cream parlor at the rhinos?
In the hilly forest area you also get the chance to see some of the bomb craters which are the result of the bombings during World War II. About one third of all the animals in the zoo were killed during the attacks- including two rhinos and an elephant.
All the favorites
The main part of the visit to this zoo is a very classical zoo-experience. You will meet all the “usual” animals that we are used to seeing in zoos: Elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys, penguins and hippos. You will also meet some animals that aren’t common everywhere – among these koalas, who have a small house of their own.
The main attraction…
…is without a doubt the pandas! A lot of people tried to catch a glimpse of the two charming panda cubs. After our visit we read that this day was actually the first day they had been out in their outdoor enclosure. That might explain some of the extra interest. You had to have a little patience to get to the front row, but I think all those in attendance caught a glimpse of the two furry balls.
Tiergarten Schönbrunn is a wonderful zoo where you can easily spend at least half a day – with or without kids. The park is nice, fairly manageable, and you will have the opportunity to say hello to both well known and more uncommon animals. All in all a great place to visit, if you like to visit animal parks.
Visited in April 2017
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