I have been to a number of zoos during my travels but I found the one in Nürnberg is interesting for a number of reasons. Just after you enter the zoo there is an enclosure with some small monkeys. What was different with these was a rope suspended high above the ground connecting the enclosure to an area of trees allowing the monkeys to come and go as they pleased. The zoo has 2 young polar bears called Flocke and Rasputin. I watched one of them for some time as he did backward summersaults into the pool. For the future there is a large dolphin lagoon that is being constructed.
Nürnberg's zoo is located east of the city on a hill named Schmausenbuck, surrounded by forest. The grounds formerly were a sandstone quarry where the stones for many historical buildings in the cuty have been cut. The zoo buildings, enclosures and paths are immerged in the topography of the hillside among rocks and old trees. Large areas are shady and forest-like, very pleasant on hot summer days.
The animals inhabit roomy enclosures with a lot of space to move around and enough options to hide. The zoo has a wide variety of animals from all over the world, most of the popular zoo specieses are present (no elephants, though). Nürnberg zoo takes part in breeding programmes for several endangered specieses.
- Aqua World, the complex for polar bears, sea lions, and penguins
- Dolphinarium with dolphin shows three times a day
- The big cats, bears and wolves live among the rock formations of the former quarry in an impressive landscape
Dolphins and manatees are at the moment (summer 2010) living under limited condidtions, but this is temporary. You will notice the big construction site where the "Laguna" is being built, a landscape zone with much larger, lake-like basins for the dolphins and the sea lions and also a new house for the manatees. Works are supposed to be finished in May/June 2011.
Be prepared for a lot of walking. The grounds are wide and there are some distances and ups and downs to cover. Bring a stroller if you have a small kid with you. For kids who have outgrown the stroller but are still not able, or not willing, to walk that much, there is a fun option called Bollerwagen , four-wheeled carts the kids can sit in. Kids enjoy the ride, the parent who has to pull it maybe not that much. Anyway, these carts can be rented at the entrance for 3 € charge plus 20 € deposit. Playground and kids zoo are at the far end of the grounds...
The kids zoo shows domestic animals like goats, ponies, pigs, chickens, guinea pigs and other rodents, cebus, and so on. The paddock of the goats can be entered and the goats are the only animals in the zoo that may be fed by the visitors, however only the food you buy there.
Plan at least half a day for the zoo. Bringing a picnic is allowed, even encouraged. Wooden benches and picnic tables can be found everywhere along the paths. There are several stalls where you can buy drinks, snacks and sweets (not all of these are open on weekdays, though), two kiosks and a restaurant.
All practical information like opening hours and entrance fees, feeding hours and the hours of the dolphin shows can be found on the zoo's website: www.tiergarten-nuernberg.de
More zoo photos in my travelogues:
An unusual view of the dolphin show
Baby animals at the zoo
More animal photos
Nuremgerg zoological park (Tiergarten) is one of the largest of it's kind in Europe . You can see wonderful animas in thier natural habitat. All varities of wild animals from across the continents can be seen here. These include a polar bear, giraffs, elephants,Rhinos, ostrichs etc to name a few.
However, the main attraction here is the Dolphins' Show. You can witness seal and dolphins performing various acrobatics. The whole spectators get spellbound seeing the seals and dolphins dacing to the wonderful rythem of music. The show lasts for an hour approximately.
Entry fee to the zoological park is Euro 9/- for an adult,andEuro 15/- for a couple. To witness the Dolphins' Show, tickets are to be puchased inside the zoo near acquarium. The tickets for Dolphins' Show is Euro 7/- per head.
The Tiergarten in Nuernberg is very pleasant. Not the most exotic or extensive zoo by any means, but it's exhibits are humane, meaning they mimic the animal's natural habitats for the most part. They aren't just caged-up. It has many trees and is very shady and a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon even on a warm summer day.
march to october: 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m
october to march: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Because of its unique location "Tiergarten Nürnberg" is amongst Europe's greatest zoological gardens.