One of the oldest and best-known zoos in Germany and Europe, founded 1907 by the animal trader Carl Hagenbeck. Hagenbecks Tierpark was the first zoo creating fenceless enclosures where animals are divided from visitors not by wire or cages but only by natural or hidden obstacles, in an almost natural environment. It is worthwhile to visit both the zoo and the tropical aquarium (you have to buy a seperate ticket for the aquarium).
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The topical aquarium at Hagenbeck is a relatively new addition (completed in 2007) and absolutely exceptional - in fact, I think I'd rank it pretty closely with my all time favourite, the Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town.
The displays are original and well thought out, with the tropical displays having something of an 'Indiana Jones' feel about them. The aquarium isn't just restricted to aquatic animals, so for instance, the crocodile exhibit also features tropical birds which range overhead. There are also quite a number of reptiles (such as lizards and snakes) and some insects - the giant bird eating spider whose enclosure has been designed in the form of a disused toilet is particularly arresting!
My particular favourite was the crocodile pool, where you can watch the crocodile underwater through a huge glass wall: it floats motionless in the water in apparent 'suspended animation' until it's feeding time, when it leaps into action!
Another major attraction are the ring tailed lemurs in the first section, who are so laid back that I at first thought that they were just models!
If you're hungry or thirsty (particularly the latter, as much of the aquarium complex is pretty hot and humid): there is also a cafe within the aquarium complex.
The aquarium is located at the gate to Hagenbeck Zoo, but you have to pay a separate admission fee to enter. Be aware of the fact that the ticket only allows you a single admission, so you can't visit it, wander around the zoo and then go back into the aquarium. You have to follow a prescribed path through the aquarium, and can go around more than once, so long as you make sure that you don't exit via the gift shop.
I should mention that the gift shop at the exit has an excellent and surprisingly affordable range: I was particularly impressed by the plastic animal figures, which were much cheaper than I've seen elsewhere.
If you like animals, a relaxing time in a beautiful agricultural area and interesting buildings from asian countries, than you must visit the Tierpark Hagenbeck. For kids there are big playgrounds in the park
On this site, I`m presenting my favorite pictures of animals and other spots.
The first picture is the brandnew "Nepalesian Temple" originally build by Nepalesian workers with handmade stones and wood. It was sponsored by a businessman from Hamburg. The temple is in front of the new entrance at the Lockstedter Straße.
A must to see while in Hamburg. This is the first zoo in the world to allow the animals live in outdoor enclosures . Small ponds, man-made mountain ranges, original size dinosaurs, even a Japanese island is erected on the 25 ha area of grounds. 2600 animals from all over the world are at home in Hagenbeck's.
The park was founded by a merchant of wild animals named Carl Hagenbeck in 1907. He is the son of Claus Gottfried Carl Hagenbeck (1810–1887), a fishmonger who ran a side business buying and selling exotic animals. His collection of animals grew until he needed large buildings to keep them in.
In 1848 Carl Hagenbeck, a Hamburg fishmonger, established a wild-animal import business in Hamburg. In 1863, he opened a menagerie near Hamburg’s harbour, passing on its management to his son Carl Hagenbeck, Jnr, (1844 – 1913) in 1866. The first "Carl Hagenbeck’s Thierpark" (to use the spelling of the time) was inaugurated on a new site nearby in 1874, and from this centre Carl Hagenbeck, Jnr, built up the family enterprise to what would become the world’s premier wild-animal dealership. Today’s Tierpark Hagenbeck was opened to the public in 1907. This was the world’s first zoo featuring barless, moated animal exhibits simulating a natural landscape – a concept that would set the standard for wild-animal parks around the world.
Air raids during World War II brought the zoo close to annihilation, but the Hagenbeck family and a devoted staff rebuilt the park to one larger and more beautiful then ever. The year 2003 saw greater changes than any since the immediate post-war period: an authentic Nepalese temple tower now crowns a new entrance across the street from the underground railway station. With it, a new circular route guides you through the zoo, touching base at each exhibit while allowing you to make best use of your time. Young animals too, including two baby elephants, two baby giraffes and a baby leopard in 2006 are the main attractions. The latest baby is a cute Orang Utan.
Tierpark Hagenbeck is open every.
Summer season (mid-March through October): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at least. When the weather is especially nice, the zoo may be open until 7 p.m. On the Summer Nights the zoo closes late.
Winter season (November through mid-March): 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the zoo closes at noon.
Entrance fees 2006
Adult € 14.50
Child (4 – 16) € 8.50
Children 3 or younger free
Family ticket No 1
2 adults, 2 children € 41.00
Family ticket No 2
2 adults, 3 children€ 46.00
Group ticket (10 paying visitors or more)
Adult€ 13.00 each
Child (4 – 16)€ 7.00 each
The most beloved and visited animals at Hagenbeck:
Elefants from India
The mum with her brandnew babygirl. It`s the first baby who was born in the middle of all female elefants of the family. They have filmed the birth and we have seen it on TV in June. A lot of babies die during their birth. So everyone at the zoo is happy about the new member of the family.
The Hagenbecks is micture of animals, garden and culture. You can go around a leaded system and see 1850 animals. You can give food to the animals but not to all of them!!
In this Zoo the animals are not in cages and they're not separated from the public... only some of them are separated by invisible ditches. This was the idea of the Zoo's founder Carl Hagenbeck.
Icebear mum and baby, cude.
On the Hagenbeck webside you can find a list of all new born animal babies.
There is a beautiful Birmasian temple with an original Birmasian terrasse in the center of the park, next to the lake.
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