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With children in Vienna
If you stay near Mariahilferstrasse you have no problem to find a good place to eat for your children ... everything is there !I want to say to you something else .You MUST VISIT with your children : House of the See , Palm House ( Schonbrunn ) ,Zoo Schonbrunn ,Coach Collection (Schonbrunn ), Butterfly House ( Schonbrunn ), Ankeruhr ,Clocks Museum ,Dolls Museum .
Just take a City Map & Museums from your hotel ( it 's free ) and go with your children .
Of course you must go to Prater also ! If they are too noisy you can let them in one labyrinth :-)))
Enjoy your trip . I have a video on my page with panda bears ...if you have time show it to your children !
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A visit at the zoo
On our last day we managed a quick visit to the zoo.The zoo is very proud of their panda baby, which was born there last August 2007. When we tried to see it, it was doing what babies usually do, sleeping. Still,we could see the black and white bundle quite clearly.
Two polar bear babies were playing with each other, this was fun to watch.
The highlight for me were the koalas, I simply love to see them and only very few zoos in Europe keep them.
Vienna zoo claims to be the oldest in the world. They are working very hard now to provide as natural a habitat for the animals as possible at all within a zoo.The rain forest house makes you think you really are in the rain forest. I was very glad to go out again, 30° and humidity of 80% was too much for me.
Entrance fee was 12 Euro a person, no reduction for students.
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Schönbrunn zoo - The Aquarium and Terrarium
2000 - After two and a half years of construction, the newly equipped aquaria-terraria house and the newly constructed crocodile pavillion were opened. For the first time you can observe the crocodiles under water .Here you will find the largest living coral reef in Austria in an aquarium with a volume of 80,000 liters, a glass tunnel under water where you can see the "amazon habitat". And one of the largest breeding spaces in the world of the highly endangered corned iguana ( a real miniature dinosaur )
On this place from 1752 until the end of the monarchy in 1918 was located the chicken yard equipped with an artificial stream and bordering the alley of the administrative building.
In the aqarium house you will see tropical reefs in huge salt water aquariums with fish in all the colors of the rainbow, as you pass through a tunnel where other big fishesss swim above your head and at your sides...
on one of the photos you can see this fascinating butterfly fish and a black ball of needles, spying on everything with its orange eyes - spooky thing!!!
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Schonbrunn and ZOO near it.
For te children the walk to the ZOO will be really nice experience , not only for children, I mean. You can see a lot of animals there like the elephants, koalas, birds and so on.
You will have a really nice time there.
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Watch the animals in Schönbrunn
Schönbrunn zoo - or Schönbrunner Tiergarten- is located in the Schönbrunn castle park. It is the world`s oldest zoo and used to be the emperor´s menagerie. While several years ago the animals were pent up in small shoebox-style buildings, they now are kept as appropriate as possible. You can see all kind of animals of every continent, from elefants, giraffes and cheetahs to birds, penguins and prairie dogs. I like the rainforest building in particular. You can pass through a small dark room there with bats flying around (always exciting if their "radar system" works :)), see tropical vegetation and different kind of birds and turtles. There are some (in regard of the minor quality relatively high priced) restaurants and food stands. Plenty of attractions for children of course - besides the animals also playgrounds and a little train going through the castle park. You should plan enough time for visiting the zoo, for sure a couple of hours if you want to see everything! The entrance fee for adults is 12 EUR, there are combination tickets, for example if you want to see the castle, the desert house, the carriage museum and the zoo you pay about EUR 35. There is also a ticket which allows you to visit Schönbrunn the entire year whenever you want at a price of EUR 29. In summer, the zoo closes at 6:30 p.m. . As the zoo is so popular amongst Austrians and tourists try to avoid the weekends to enjoy it with less people!
Schonbrunn zoo garden
Located at the right side of the fountain, The Schonbrunn zoo, the oldest zoo in the world , is incredible!!! It is built in a way that you don't feel the barrier between you and the animals...most of the time they are just at a reach of a hand....or at least seem like...
The zoo has several entrances - one is at the end of a alley , after you enter the gardens on your right ,where you see the coffee pavillion ,another one is at the side of the fountain. Between the two lay the colorful carpet gardens of the castle.
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Visit the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Zoo)
Schönbrunn Zoo is the world's oldest and only baroque zoo - truly unique and a jewel of architecture. Today, it is also among the most modern zoos in terms of animal keeping and research center.
Schönbrunn Zoo, situated in the south-eastern part of the Habsburgs' summer residence, was Emperor's Franz Stephan von Lothringen's - husband of Empress Maria Theresia - private menagerie. In the summer of 1752, the Emperor opened his menagerie, exactly seven years later, he had the impressive pavilion built which is now the zoo's most famous historical monument.
You can find many animals there including giant panda bears, koala bears, elephants, tigers, cheetahs, polar bears, giraffes, seals and penguins, hippopotamus, rhinos, buffaloes, bisons, orangutan, and many species of birds, monkeys, deers, antelopes, and all native species.
Recently, the Zoo has been lucky to have many new born animals, including the famous giant Panda, Polar bear, Giraffe, Tiger and Lion.
Other zoo attractions include a rainforest house, in which the spectator is led through a simulation of the Amazon Rainforest, and an aquarium, which enables spectators to walk through underneath a simulation of the Amazon in flood. The new polarium for animals of the Arctic region was opened in early 2004.
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Schönbrunn zoo - the tropical house
In the tropical forest house constructed over an area of 1000 square meters,the moisture in the air is over 80% which makes it weird to breathe . The rainforests of Kalimantan Island (Borneo) are used as an example for this ecosystem.You will be walking throgh dense forest vegetation on a wooden bridge over water ,where big gray fish swim, and small water streams runing at the sides as colorful birds with unknown names sing from the branches.
On the second floor that you access with an elevator, Huge gargoyles called flying dogs (like the one on the pic) originating from India are hanging from the glass ceiling just over your head, trembling like leaves blown from a soft wind Bringing you to the thought - could they just come to life and fly to suck your blood?( they are probably feeding on fruits..hahahaha).I was right - checking the official zoo page - Egyptian Fruit Bat :)))
Long forgotten mysterious asian temple gates emerge from the vegetation.
An underground blue cave with flying bats.Pythons in a terrarium. Banana tree with fruits . Giant parasite red flower.
I actually took the tour twice as you miss something either going on the top floor for the bats and midssing the cave at the bottom ,or vice versa.
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Traveling with our child, the Zoos are "a must" in our trips. And Vienna offers a good opportunity to spend few hours watching the animals in its "Tiergarten Schonnbrun".
We've been again at the zoo in Vienna and we found it more interesting during the summer, even if it isn't the best we have visited until now.
Schonbrunn zoo - Teddy Bears
A koala was something I wanted to see all my life. And the main reason I got into the Schönbrunn zoo. Is there anything sweeter than the sight of a sleeping koala? maybe a moving koala ;))))
Needless to say , I enjoyed the whole zoo, it went far beyond my expectations!!!
The panda couple was sitting side by side in the living room , watching a football game or a soap opera...hahahahha...than one of them decided to take a walk.
Koalas have been my all time favorite animals, but I adore aswell horses , pythons , cats - all animals are fascinating actually !!!
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ZOO in Schoenbrunn - the OLDEST IN THE WORLD
Welcome to the world’s oldest zoo (founded 1752!). Building on its long history, Tiergarten Schönbrunn has developed into one of the most modern zoos in the world over the last 10 years. Top attractions include Giant Pandas, koalas, the first elephant born in Europe using artificial insemination techniques, and a rainforest house modeled after the ecosystems of Borneo.
October to end of daylight savings time 9:00-17:30
January – April 9:00-17:00
May - September 9:00-18:00
October – December 9:00-17:00
Cashier’s office closes (final admission) one-half hour before closing time.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket Price for adult: EUR 12pp
For 240 years, the "Kaiserglöckerl" has been sounded by hand to indicate closing time; originally, this sonorous bell was rung to herald the arrival of the Emperor and the archdukes.
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Tiergarten Schönbrunn/Vienna Zoo - Oldest zoo
Tiergarten Schönbrunn is the world's oldest zoo, built in 1752 and located on the property of the Schönbrunn Palace. It was ordered built by Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, founder of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty. The zoo has a very interesting history, going through prosperous times and tough times through the World Wars.
The zoo is home to approximately 750 animals, the biggest draw certainly being the giant panda family, Yang Yang, Long Hui, and Fu Long. This zoo is one of the few zoos in the world with giant pandas. The baby panda was the first non artificial insemination panda born in Europe. Other animals at the zoo include koalas, elephants, giraffes, penguins, rhinos, and many more.
Aside from the animals, the zoo itself is very nice to look at, with Imperial buildings, greenery, statues and a couple of fountains inside. There is a little train that goes around the whole grounds of the Palace and through the zoo. Cost for the train is 2 Euros for adults and 1 Euro for children.
There is also a good restaurant at the zoo with reasonable prices and a good selection, located in the old Imperial breakfast room.
Admission to the zoo is 12 Euros for adults, 5 Euros for children 6 though 18 and seniors, and free for children under 5. There are also combination tickets you can buy that include the Palm House, Desert House, and giant ferris wheel.
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Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo
"Haus des Meeres" is located in an interesting building - a flak tower of the second world war. There are several towers like this left in Vienna as examples of architecture of terror.
It is reccomended to first go up to 9th floor of the building (yes, there is an elevator :)), from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over Vienna. When going down you`ll first see an exhibition about flak towers and aereal defence in WW II.
In the lower floors you can see different aquaria, amongst these a huge newly built aquarium for sharks. There are also different types of reptiles - on Sunday and Wednesday afternoon you can watch their feeding (well, I abstained from that experience). On Wednesday there is also the possibility to pet some snakes.
Most lovely part in my opinion is the "Tropenhaus", where you`ll find tropical birds flying around, turtles, bats hanging on the ceiling, a new basin for crocodiles and also some lovely loose little monkeys.
They are open daily and the entrance fee is about EUR 11 for adults.
Located on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, and one of the oldest zoos in Europe (founded by Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century). Though some enclosures seem a little outdated, the integration of the historic features into the zoological garden is quite remarkable (just one example: a fake ruin in a bird-house). The rainforest house is especially interesting - with a very creepy bat tunnel.
Fascinating history of Vienna Zoo
The history of the zoo is fascinating and it goes back to Empress Maria Theresia and her husband Franz Stephan.
Franz commissioned the architect Jean Nicholas Jadot der Ville-Issey, to design a menagerie in the park of Schönbrunn, the new Habsburg-Lothringen summer residence.
In summer 1752, after a one-year construction period, the animals were brought to the zoo and presented to the public. There is alao an octagonal pavillion thich now serves as a restaurant but was originally used by the Imperial family as a breakfast room.
Initially, the Menagerie Schönbrunn was only used by the Imperial Family and apparently Franz Stphan gave nature lessons to his children there. Towards the end of Maria Theresia's reign (Maria Theresia died in 1780, Franz Stephan in 1765), in 1778, the menagerie, along with the castle and the park, were opened for "decently dressed persons", initially on Sundays only and soon became a frequently visited place by the Viennese and foreigners. The introduction of various exptic animals is said to have had great influence on the fashion handicrafts and social life in Vienna.
In 1770 the first elephant came to Schönbrunn
In 1781 the first wolves and bears
In 1800 the first polar bears, big cats, hyenas and kangaroos, as well as an additional pair of Indian elephants were added to the zoo
IN 1826, the first girffe
2003 Giant Pandas, Fantastic and rare exhibit
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