Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn)
The Munich Zoo is one of the biggest Zoos in Germany. Even if you are not a special fan of animals behind bars: Zoos can teach children to understand the variety and biodiversity of our planet and the Munich Zoo is famous for many animals being born there. So maybe the parent animals do not feel all that bad and even have some “privacy” ;-).
While some animal houses need some reconstruction or extension of space for the animals (hippos, serpentarium, monkeys) , other animal houses or garden areas a beautifully landscaped and spacious and meet very modern standards (aquarium, bat-house, terarium, birds, turtles, buffalos, sea lions etc etc.). In spring and summer the Munich zoo is a beautiful park with many flowers, great landscape architecture and pools. One highlight in the zoo are the childrens playgounds. They are very well designed and have equipment which support fantasy and educational playing. Additionally the zoo has some caffees and a restaurant, little shops selling ice cream and candies, crepes and popcorn. Especially with children the Munich Zoo is worth a day long visit including a nice family picnic, reading, strolling the wildlife areas. In winter a zoo visit is also okay, but many animals hybernate (sleep over the winter) and others can only be observed in restricted tile floor rooms, which can look depressing.
The zoo offers some special programs like e.g. sometimes they have “a zoo visit at night”, where you can watch the animals past the closing hours when it is dark outside and some animals are more awake than during the daytime.
Fondest memory: How to get there:
If you come by subway exit the U3 at “Thalkirchen (Zoo)” and then you can already see the entrance. But there is also enough parking in the surrounding area.
By bus take line 52 from Marienplatz to the last station „Tierpark“, stops directly at the entrance.
Adults: EUR 9,00
Children 4-14: EUR 4,50
Students / Seniros: EUR 6,00
October to March 9 to 17:00
April to September 8 bis 18:00