Karlsruhe's zoo is in the middle of the city right across the street from the main train station. It is located in a lush park - the Stadtgarten (city garden).
The zoo exhibits all kinds of animals but is especially famous for its modern facility for polar bears which are successfully breeded here.
The history of the Karlsruhe Zoo goes back to 1865. At September 9 a group of citizens of the local Bird Society started the firts Zoo in the South of the city. Lack of money forced the transfer into a Zoo Society, that was funded with city money with the help of mayor Lauter.
In 1869 the anual numer of visitors passed the 50.000 mark.
In 1877 the Zoo was taken over by the city; again due to the finances.
In 1899 the first Rose Garden was made with 3600 plant in 800 sorts.
Sea lions came to the zoo in 1913.
In 1924 the new Train Station was completed and more space came available to the zoo. The garden were extended, a second Rose Garden was made and a Japanese Garden.
One of the most famous animals, Molly the Elephant moved to the zoo in 1924 at age 3; the animal died in 1941.
In World War II the area was bombed repeatedly; most animals were housed elsewhere, but still many died. The grounds were use by the local population to grow vegetables.
After the war in 1947 the zoo was reconstructed.
Admission: Euro 5.50 (adult).
Gondolas (small boats): Additional Euro 3.50.
Hours: Daily 9AM - 4PM in winter; 5PM in Spring and Autumn; 6PM in Summer.
Feeding times: Between 3 & 4PM
No dogs allowed.
The Karlsruhe Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Germany. It started in 1865, when the Baden Poultry Breeding Association opened the zoological gardens. But soon, the cost were so immense, that the city took over.
The whole complex has been expanded continuously since then including the creation of the lakes and many gardens.
Today, the zoo is home to over 1000 animals of 150 species from all over the world - with a just recently built polar bear environment for the three polar bears. 800 large trees from a wide diversity of countries, 15,000 roses of 300 strains, numerous tulips and summer flowers, shrubs and climbing plants make a visit to the zoo and gardens a very special experience whatever the time of the year.
The location of the zoo is pretty unique, too: it is right across the street from the Central Trainstation in the very middle of Karlsruhe!