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One thing you will probably want to avoid is coming to the Alpenzoo when it is 35+ degrees centigrade in Innsbruck. The zoo specialises in Alpine creatures, so when the heat gets too much they understandably take shelter. I found half of the zoo was nowhere to be seen, the other half were mooching from one dark shady spot to another. Still it is a great place to see some of the rarest creatures in Europe, including bears and wolves. There is even a two species of European vulture, one species of which the zoo brought back from the edge of extinction. I wasn't even aware that there were vultures in Europe, so these were a special sight for me.
I'm not a big fan of zoos, but this one appeared to be treating its animals very well. It only had creatures that suited the environment the zoo was based in, and it was serving a useful function in protecting endangered species. The bears, wolves and eagles looked bored out of their minds, but the vultures seemed to love all the attention they were getting. The one pictured here, one of the species that almost became extinct, is probably my favourite of the whole place. He posed very proudly for the camera, moving closer so I could get a good shot, while his ugly hatchlings followed me around with great curiosity.
The zoo can be reached either from the Hungerburgbahn funicular, or by shuttle bus from Maria-Theresian Strasse. You can also walk it - it's not that far. I'd advise crossing the Innbrucke and walking as far as you can along the river path, before turning up Sohmelzerg, just after the next bridge on the river. It costs about 7.50 for an adult to enter, although you can get in for free with the Innsbruck Card.
Whilst the Alpenzoo clearly does appeal to kids, it's not just for them! Adults can enjoy the zoo too and if you can get some time with some of the animals away from the noise of the school parties then you can find those animals suddenly become more friendly and interested in you rather than hiding away.
The zoo is in a lovely location up above the city of Innsbruck and you can enjoy the views of the city and surrounding mountains as well as the wildlife which the zoo is trying to conserve and educate about. All the animals are ones found in the Alps, so no elephants or lions, but there are some lovely animals here which it was great to see.
As a cat lover I was so pleased to see the European Lynx cats (Lynx lynx) which also had their babies (kittens? Cubs? not sure what the right word is!) which were clearly enjoying giving their parents the run around. The so called European Wildcat (Felis silvestris) was anything but wild! I suppose being so closely related to domestic cats they start to act like them once they get used to seeing people. My own cat seems more wild than them at times. It was a good thing they were behind bars though or I'd have been tempted to take one home!
Another (unexpected) highlight was the mountain goats in the farm area. I'd not really been excited about seeing these before as they are... well, just goats, but they are so funny they were a delight to meet. They are so tame and are all too ready to compete with each other for your attention. This could be because there is a vending machine for goat food and so you can feed the goats by hand yourself. They will eat straight from your hand. Don't be afraid as they won't bite, although they do try to push each other out of the way to get to you. Really adorable animals with big personalities.
There was a sort of cafe but it wasn't great at all other than the views. It's ok for just a coke or other such bottled drink but the food was not great and it was so hot inside as to be unpleasant.
The zoo is free if you have a valid Innsbruck card, otherwise it is €9 for adults, €7 for students or pensioners (both with ID), €4.50 for children aged 6 to 15 or €2 for younger children. All prices as at Jan 2013.
You can reach the Alpenzoo by bus M from Marktplatz in the centre of Innsbruck. It's not a long journey and you see some nice parts of the city near the river on the way.
There is also a cable car stop by the zoo entrance. This is on the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahn which runs from Congress Innsbruck in the city centre to Hungerburg station on the way up to the mountains.
Great thing to do in Winter!
I visited Alpenzoo with my boyfriend and had a great time! They seem to treat the animals very good! They look healthy and have enough space to live. Habitats are clean and suitable. Price is fair and the gift shop is really cool! It's a must!
- Family Travel
Alpen Zoo, a must !
Is a Park who has different animals from the Apls, including fish, birds and reptiles.
The Park is located on the left side of the river, and it's opened the whole year, everyday from 9 to 18.
It has more than 2000 animals and 15 different species coming from the Apline area.
Is the most high located zoo in Europe, (727 mt.). The visit is for everybody, specially kids and families.
There's a Bus Shuttle service leaving from Maria Theresien Strasse, in front of the Imperial Palace in the Rennweg Strasse.
Innsbruck has a pretty nice Zoo (Alpine Zoo), located in the north part if the city and apparently being the highest zoo in Europe. To be perfectly onest, though the zoo alledgedly hosts over 2000 animals, I was not so much impresses, than I was with the Schonbrun Zoo in Vienna and the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Nevertheless, if you are fond of visiting zoos in every city that you travel, go ahead and pay a visit. They were also expanding it I think.
Hungerburg Funicular - Alpenzoo
In the way to Hungerburg Plateau, at 727m above sea level, there is a stop to the Alpenzoo - the highest zoo in the world. This zoo only contains animals that originate from the Alpine region and the park rangers also nurture endangered species and return them to their natural habitat, the Alps.
- Family Travel
The Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck is well worth a visit - even if it is just to see the amazing views from the top of the mountain where the zoo is located. It is Europe's highest zoo.
You can catch a bus to the zoo, or do what we did and take a ride on the Hungerburgbahn Funicular up the mountain.
There were some very interesting animals that you may not see in a more "traditional" zoo. My favourite that we saw was the moose,
which has particularly long legs!
- Budget Travel
the alpine zoo
That's my favourite. It's a zoo that specializes on animals native to the alps. Ok - that doesn't sound too terrific - but you learn there a lot about the nature around you. And -hey- you could encounter these animals on your hiking tours in wildlife...
This is Europe's highest lying zoo. (727 meters)
You can hike to the zoo or you can also ride the Hungerburg Bahn (a funicular). The ride is located at the corner of Rennweg and Erzherzog-Eugen Strasse.
More Info: There are more than 2000 Alpine animals of 150 species from the entire region of the Alps. Some of them are now extinct in the wild. If you love animals and/or zoos don`t miss this place!
This is the highest zoo in Europe and has a fantastic collection of more than 2000 animals and 150 species all from this region. Entrance fee was 15 euro if I remember correctly
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