The Vienna Zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, was built in 1752 and is the oldest zoo in the world. It hosts about 700 different species of animals in a very beautiful environment and comfortable spaces.
In the same area there was a small zoo, which belonged to the emperors of Austria from 1540. It opened its gates to the public in 1779 with free admission. Today it receives about 2 million visitors a year.
The garden is home to some very rare and endangered animals. Indicatively we mention some of what you can see in the zoo: giants always, red always, koalas, lynxes, polar bears, kangaroos, gray wolves, many species of monkeys, bison, imperial penguins, many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
The aquarium hosts a huge variety of fish. Tropical fish stand out with their bright colors and of course sharks!
It is one of the very few zoos in the world that always hosts giants. In 2007 was born there the first giant ever in a garden in Europe. And since then the couple have always had other babies and in fact the last ones were twins. It is no coincidence that the main attraction of the garden is always considered to be the giants!
By subway at the station Hietzing and follow the signs to the garden entrance.
The garden is open all year round, even on all holidays, from 9 am. The closing time varies depending on the season. In winter it closes 4: 30-5: 00, while from April to September it closes at 6:30.
The ticket costs 20 euros, for children 6-19 years old it is 10 euros, while children under 6 years old enter for free.
There is a small train in the garden, with 3 stops. The whole journey takes 45 minutes. The ticket costs 2 euros and the children’s ticket 1 euro. It is worth taking it, especially at the end of your walk, to see the whole park more relaxed.
The Tyrolean tavern at the top of the garden stands out. It has amazing traditional food (eg Viennese schnitzel and many more with a variety of beers at very good prices.
* The zoo is located next to the famous palace, so you can combine your visit, as long as your feet can withstand so much walking!