Zoo and Aquarium, Cologne
Cologne's zoo is a about a mile outside of the city center, but it's well worth a taxi/tram ride for those exploring the city on foot. They have a great selection of animals, and all of them seem happy and content in their environments. One thing that really impressed me was that in the event that the animals couldn't be outside (during winter months, for example, or while their outdoor habitat underwent maintenance), the zoo opens indoor areas to visitors as well. I imagine this makes Kölner Zoo a great destination year round. Lucky for us, most of the animals were enjoying an unseasonably warm day outdoors while we visited (early March).
The aquarium (which also has reptile and insect exhibits) is very small, but I got the impression that it is new and still growing.
Admission is 15 euro/adult for a day pass (includes aquarium), or 84,50 euro for a year pass.
Want to see extra photos of the animals? Follow this link to my blog about our trip to the zoo: http://address-the-world.blogspot.com/2012/04/cologne-round-2-part-7-kolner-zoo.html
We made a visit to Koln Zoo; it was a pleasant Monday afternoon. The Zoo was not so busy but there was a lot to see and we did have a good time.
Lots to see, sadly we spent all the afternoon in the Zoo and did not quite reach the Aquarium.
The Cologne Zoo is one of my favourite ones - it is spacious, animals are treated well, and the encloures are, for the most part, very modern. The center part is the huge elephant enclosure (finished in 2006).
Cologne zoo with its historical buildings is situated right in the centre of Cologne and very easy to get to using the underground tram system. Opening in 1860, Keeping primates is its speciality, but it also boasts many other rare species, e.g. okapis, Indian rhinoceroses, red pandas, tree-kangaroos and Siberian tigers. It covers 50 acres and has 8000 animals of 700 species. Many an hour can be spent watching both the animals and the workers. British Health and Safety inspectors should avoid this zoo as watching the employees at work and play will give them a stroke!
We were out for a walk along the river when we noticed a sign for the zoo so of we went, what a great afternoon out we had. We accompanied a group of 13 German studentsto get in because it was cheaper entrance if you were part of a group saving 6 euro between us, good start!! We didnt expect very much as we had not seen it advertised nor did we know that there was a zoo in Cologne. Animals in there; lions, tigers, leopards,bears,monkeys,camels, elephants,zebras,ponies, rhinos, penquins, flamingos, seals,giraffe,hippos, bison, goats......................need I say more. Fantastic day for all the family, and it was good to see how well looked after the animals were. Well Done
If you fancy a break from shopping and city sightseeing, take a trip to this lovely zoo. I always approach zoos with some reluctance because I can't stand to see animals unhappy but here, they all have lovely big open enclosures and are active and obviously quite content. I visited on a beautiful spring day and although the zoo was crowded, it's big enough to comfortably absorb everyone and the animals appeared to be enjoying the weather as much as the people.
One of the best things is the way the enclosures are built. Although the animals are obviously at a safe distance, in many enclosures there are no wire fences so you get a great view and can take wonderful unobscured photographs, especially if you have a good zoom on your camera.
There are lots of places to buy refreshments and plenty of seats on which to have a rest on the way round. It took me a whole afternoon to see everything at a leisurely pace.
Just fantastic. really felt that the animals were looked after all seemed interested in their environment not stressed / bored. Amazing collection of big animals.
They had a number of differnt types of bear and most big cats.
The monkey house is a real treat. As mentioned in a previous tip the separate enclosures have been joined together by a series of mesh tubes that the monkeys can run up and down turning all the individual enclosures into one large one.
The elephant enclosure is huge and when we went inside we saw some elephants getting a bath, one of the Indian elephants that looked very old was holding the hosepipe themselves and washing with it, we were really close and using the hosepipe that way peering into the deep brown eyes you could see the intelligence of these creatures.
One of our favourites were the meerkats. These are african mongoose like creatures that live in groups and are always standing up on two legs looking around. Because we went in distinctly non savannah style weather they had heat lamps set up, they were all huddled under these lamps to keep warm. Food was put into the enclosure but not near the heat lamps, that caused much indecision on the part of these cute creatures as they weighed up the food verses the heat. One of the smaller ones that wasn't getting much heat standing on the edge of the group went for the food, the sight of this one eating everything was too much for all the others that then made a mad dash en masse for the food!
Opposite the zoo is the aquarium. The ticket to the zoo will get you into the aquarium too I think. This is also very impressive with some pretty nasty looking spiders also lurking around!
Really recomend it. We went in Early December and saw all the animals - so it really is good at that time of year, less people in the way too.
The Koln zoo is the number one zoo in Germany. The zoo has over 4000 species and counts as one of the important zoo's of Europe. Next to the zoo is the flora garden which can be visited for free everyday.
This is 3rd oldest Zoo around the whole German. It has a extended to 1863, the elephant house was the first building to be opened. The elephant house was attracted for the visitors a lot, and after that the Monkey Island was open and it was since 1914ad, it was damaged during the first world war but not that much effected,,
After the second world war it was reopened with some new features and facilities, now Cologne Zoo has more than 500 species from all continents and oceans of the world.
surrounded by the reveal is copiousness of information about the rainforests and the man's environmental hazard to them. The feeding times for the animals are always popular.
The zoo in Cologne is known as one of the best zoo's in Europe, and certainly is the best in Germany.
They boast all kinds of creatures here including Camels and Reptiles.
You can also visit the aquarium, as its located just opposite...but I think that its a completely separate attraction.
The cost is approx 11euro per person...they do have a special day of the week when its "Zoo Day" and so the fee is then reduced to 8euro per adult....I "think" that day is either Sunday or Monday.
If you like animals than visit the Zoo in Cologne. I like to visit Zoos and the Zoo in Cologne is very nice and big. Also it has a big aquarium. All kind of animals you can see there and it's just fun.
When I visited the Cologne Zoo I was impressed by the beautiful animals and the landscape of it. It is worth a visit.