Zoo / Zoological Park / Wild Park, Leipzig
The Zoo Leipzig is one of the most famous in Germany - it even has its own TV show (kind of a daily soap with animals). The two biggest attractions are the "Pongoland", a very modern enclosure for apes (chimps, gorillas and orang-utans) and the recently opened "Gondwana-Land", a giant hall with recreations of tropical habitats.
The local German dialect ("Sächsisch") sounds especially funny when used for animal names with lots of vocals - a crocodile for example becomes a "Gröggödil".
The Leipzig Zoo is quite popular and well-known all over Germany because they were the first German Zoo to have a show on TV. It was founded 1878 as a private zoo and turned into a city zoo in 1920. There are several interesting buildings architecture wise preserved in this zoo from the early 20th century (Art Nouveau style and brickstone 1920s buildings). Interesting are also the many sculptures e.g. by Max Klinger ("The Athlete", 1901) and Walter Lenck ("Jason with two bulls", 1910).
They have about 1000 different sorts of animals but in the current process of modernization they will reduce this to about 880 to give them more room. I absolutely enjoyed my time in the zoo. The many families with their kiddies did, too. Probably my favourite was the African savannah where they have zebras, springboks and many other animals - a wide open green land with the city's highrises in far distance in the background, that I view from the elevated terrace of the Marche restaurant sipping hot chocolate.
Opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm, in summer longer. Entrance fee is 13 Euro for adults, reduced to 11 Euro for Leipzig Card holders.
I’m not really into Zoological Parks but I’ve been told to visit Leipzig Zoo because it’s one of the most important in Europe. It was founded in 1878 by Ernst Pinkert and it’s located a few minutes away from the train station. We spend about two hours walking in the Zoo and I was surprised of the big areas that been provided to some species, especially the big animals. They don’t have just small cages but big areas appropriate to each animal as close as it can be to the natural environment. The sign at the entrance that says “dogs aint allowed” surprised me though :)
The “Pongoland” is the world’s largest area for monkeys and gorillas. The tiger seemed sleepy, the rhinoceros ugly as usual, the gorillas were very friendly, we watched two elephants that were a couple and left another one alone hitting his head on the wall (pic 5) :), the flamingos and zebras are beautiful. The aquarium has some interesting fishes too.
The Zoo is opened daily 9.00-17.00 (may-september till 19.00) and the entrance fee is 13 euro (11 with Leipzig Card). One hour before closing in 8 euros but you wont have time to see a lot
If you come with your children you've to visit the local zoo and they will love you!
1878 founded, it is one of world's most interesting zoos with a large amount of different animals. Famous is world's biggest monkey-area ('Pongoland'). Other events among others are the aquarium-house and the 'animal-kindergarten' (petting zoo).
January -March 9 am - 5 pm
April 9 am - 6 pm (weekends 9 am - 7 pm )
May - September 9 am - 7 pm
October 9 am - 6 pm (weekends 9 am - 7 pm)
November - December 9 am - 5 pm
Leipzig's Zoo combines an old zoo style with many modern innovations. It had a great open feeling and the animals all seemed quite content with their habitats, which accounts for its being a top breeding zoo. There was a great assortment of animals and a great aviary too. Well worth the price of admission: 7.50 Euros.
Plan enough time to spent in the Zoo. We was there an entire morning. Many corals are just newly renovated and the Zoo made lots efforts to create the corals agreeable for the animals. At the moment they are building a new coral which should relect the African continent. The coral for the monkeys, Pongoland, was very huge. Not easy to say which animals I liked most. But amoung my favourits was the aquarium ...
The Leipzig Wild Park ahs about 42 hectare and offers among a lot of animals restaurants and playgrounds.