Zoos and Parks, Frankfurt am Main
One of the highlights of Frankfurt in the summer is open-air opera in the beautiful setting of the Palmengarten, put on by an off-beat low-budget private opera company called the Kammeroper (Chamber Opera).
They specialize in comic operas, for instance in the summer of 2004 they did Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and in 2005 they are doing Rossini's Barber of Seville.
The Kammeroper has been going strong for over twenty years on incredibly little money but lots of enthusiasm and hard work. The founder and head of the Kammeroper, Rainer Pudenz, is also the stage director, and he has a bawdy sense of humor that keeps people coming back year after year to see what he'll think up next.
One unusual thing about the Kammeroper is that they do all their operas in German translation, not in the original Italian. So if you aren't a German speaker you won't always understand what everybody is laughing about, but you can still enjoy the music and the singing and the acting and the great atmosphere.
You can buy food and drinks there, but they don't mind if you bring your own. Some people bring picnic baskets and champagne or Sekt, which is the more economical German version.
By all means bring a warm jacket or sweater if you go to any open-air performance in this part of the world. Even if the day was hot, it can cool off quickly an hour or two after sunset, and that's just when the second half of the opera is going to be playing.
Please feel free to have a look at my travelogues:
5/8 of an opera in the Palmengarten 2004
Open-air opera in the Palmengarten 2005
Frankfurt Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and became famous for breeding rare species like okapis, maned wolfs, black rhinoceroses and Amur leopards, but typical animals like bears, pinnipeds, antelopes and birds of prey are presented as well.
The zoo is open 365 days a year!
Summer opening time: 09.00 to 19.00
Admission: Adults € 8.00
I tell about Palmengarten in Franfurt.
It was surprise for me! Palm Garden! In Frankfurt! It's not good climate for palmes.
Ticket cost 10euro.It was Saturday and there were a lot of seller!
You could buy smth for your dacha, example ceramic crow!) It could be good present for desiner, gardener , friend!
It is not standard souvenir!
Windmill, sead of plants, trees, flowers!And etc.
P.S. I bougt white ceramic goose!
One of the better zoos in Germany - though I would rank the Hannover, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg zoos higher. Frankfurt suffers a little from being an inner-city-zoo, there is not much space to expand. Many animal exhibits have been modernized, for example, the big cat - house, the seal pool and the apehouse. Other parts are hopefully going to be modernized soon like the Bear enclosure. The hippo pond is a disgrace in my opinion. But all in all a well-run zoo, with usually well-kept animals.
A unique highlight is the night animals - exhibition (the Grzimek-house), where night-active animals can be seen in near darkness.
In Kronberg (near Frankfurt) is another zoo Opel-Zoo that is also wortwhile seeing.
If you like to see animals then you should take a day and visit the zoo in Frankfurt. The zoo in Frankfurt has a long history, founded in 1857. Here Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernhard Grzimek used to be director before he became famous for his initiatives for the protection of wildlife in the world.
The zoo is trying to tear down most of the old cages and enclosures for animals and to build new ones instead, as close as possible to a natural habitat. This means cutting down the number of animals to be seen, but it's better to provide the ones they have with a larger area.
A few years ago the new cat jungle was opened, now you only see the tigers when they want to be seen.Right now a new area for the bonobos is being built.
The most interesting part of the zoo is the Grzimek house, a place where nocturnal animals are kept. You walk down in this house and it's getting darker and darker, so the animals think it's night time and are actively running or flying around. This house alone merits a visit to the zoo in Frankfurt.
There are still many things to be done and changed, for example the cage where the eagle is kept seems to be far too small! As always, it's largely a question of not enough money.
Admission is 8 Euro for adults,4 Euro for children. If you go on the last Saturday of a month,it's cheaper, 6 and 3 Euro resp.
Palmer garden is a park full of troppical plants and flowers. It's open everyday untill 6:00 pm.
It's nice idea to visit there specially on Sundays, when all shopping centers are closed and city looks like a cementery!!
Opening hours of box office
November through January
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Gate Siesmayerstra�e 63:
until 6:00 pm)
March through October 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
(Gate Siesmayerstra�e 63:
until 8:00 pm)
Only on weekends and public holidays, the entrance Zeppelinallee is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission fee Normal (6) Special (3)
Adult 5,00Euro 7,00 Euro
Reduced (1) 2,00 Euro 2,50Euro
Families (5) 9,50 Euro 12,00 Euro
(1) For children aged 6 to 17 and students.
(3) For special events such as festivals and certain exhibitions.
(5) Two adults with children aged 6-17.
(6) Subject to change.
The Botanical Garden - free and open to the public - is just across the street from the Palmengarten. It's run as a teaching and learning Garden for students and researchers at the world-famous Botanical Institute, which is associated with the University of Frankfurt.
You might notice hundreds of tags and labels on flowers, plants and shrubs as you are walking around. Yes, this is a educator's dream garden! But there are especially lovely examples of trees from all over the world. In the section which was dedicated to the North American temperate forest, I felt as if I were back in the States, either in Ohio or in the lower part of Michigan.
The botanical garden of Frankfurt with an impressive array of old and modern greenhouses. The tropical greenhouses give you a real "jungle experience". In my opinion the most beautiful botanical garden in Germany and one of the best worldwide - a calm oasis in the middle of a hectic city.
In Francfort you can visit the Plamengarten with its glass houses, housing plants from all over the world. One house for example contains cactis another plants of south america.
Especially in spring time, when flowers in the gardens inbetween the glass houses are blooming, it is a great experience!
By public transport Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV):
Entrance Palmengartenstraße: trains U6, U7 or buses 32, 33, 50 to Station Bockenheimer Warte.
Entrance Siesmayerstraße: trains U6, U7 to station Westend, or bus 36 to station Siesmayerstraße.
Connection Miquelallee, Zeppelinallee, Bockenheimer Landstraße, follow signs for turn into Siesmayerstraße.
Underground car park at entrance Siesmayerstraße 63.
Bus parking Feldbergstraße and Zeppelinallee.
(Info taken from Palmengartens webpage)
One of my favourite places to spend a day in Frankfurt is the Palmengarten. A visit is relatively inexpensive, and it is easily accessibly with the U-Bahn. As the name suggests, the Palmengarten is a large botanical garden in the city, a lush, verdant oasis of greenery, a haven for my aunt who is a botanist, as well as I! Inside, there are several large glasshouses containing wonderful rainforests, deserts full of cacti, and the most exquisite flowering shrubs. There are also often special exhibits with sculptures, carnivorous plants and the world's largest flowering plant being a few of my personal favourites from the past. Outside, there are also expansive, sweeping lawns, arboreta, lakes with their own terrapins and tortoises, the obligatory peacock or two, and several cleverly designed natural-looking sculptures.
Along the northern bank of the river main - between the bridges "Untermainbrücke" and "Friedensbrücke" lies this beautiful garden with mediterranean plants and trees, the "Nizza Gardens". It features palm trees, citrus trees and cedars and is a very nice urban oasis in the summer.
The Bethmann-Park is - in my opinion - the most beautiful public park of Frankfurt (north of the metro station "Konstablerwache") and features a Chinese Garden complete with a pagoda, bridges, a small lake and a tiny waterfall.
Frankfurt has a number of cosy parks near the city center. One of them is the Holzhausenpark, who features a tiny moated palace, "Holzhausenschlösschen".
You can reach it with any north-going subway from the metro station "Hauptwache" (station "Holzhausenstrasse").
In the relaxed suburb of Nordend is one of Frankfurt's best places to spend a sunny day: Holzhausenpark. Nestled within the cafe laden streets of one of Frankurt's finest suburbs, the park stands out above all the others because of the stunning little castle Holzhausenschlossen. It stands shining white underneath the shade of the green trees, and comes complete with its own moat.
The area where the park sits is known as the Holzhausen quarter, after the Holzhausen family that ran the town through the mayors office in the 14th century. More recently the little castle has been occupied by the famous Frankfurt architect, Ernst May, who designed many of the houses surrounding the park. It's little wonder then, given its illustrious past, that this is one of the most exclusive addresses in Frankfurt.