City Garden and Zoo, Karlsruhe
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.
Conveniently located opposite the train station, just across the square, the zoo is easy to reach. Karlsruhe's zoo is not one of the big famous ones in this country but still nice to see, especially with kids.
Some animals have already got modern and roomy homes - the polar bears are the zoo's pride - while some others still inhabit smaller and old-fashioned cages. Improvements are in progress, the construction works on a new seal basin have just started.
Part of the zoo area is the Stadtgarten, a lovely flowering park. A boat ride on the lake may add some romance to your visit.
Opening hours: winter 9.00-16.00, spring and autumn 9.00-17.00, summer 9.00-18.00
Entrance fees: adults 5,50 €, concessions 4,50 €, kids 2,50 €.
Alert: The zoo Karlsruhe has a very rigid copyright policy and does not allow publishing photos taken there, not even in private blogs or websites. I think this is a silly policy and they are not doing their reputation any favour with this, but well, if this is what they want... German law has changed since Jan 1, 2014 to a much stricter persecution of copyright violations. Hence I am deleting my photos in here as I do not want trouble.
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!