Today is Zoo Day.
Be sure to check out one of the biggest Zoos in Germany , located in Frankfurt a.M., it is easily reached by train, tram or bus.|
Check out their Website here.
Enjoy animals – promoting conservation
Crocodiles, gorillas, lions and rhinos: you don’t have to travel to Africa to see these fascinating animals. A trip to Frankfurt Zoo is just as good.
The zoo offers not only a green recreation area on your doorstep. Here you can discover more than 4,500 animals in over 400 species. Our animals dwell in surroundings as natural as possible, with many places to hide and live in species-specific social groups just they do in the wild.
We are open every day of the year from 9.00 am to
7.00 pm (summer) or to 5.00 pm (winter).
Ticket sales cease half an hour prior to closing time.
Entrance Fees – Day tickets
Adults (18 and over) € 10
Children (6 and over) € 5
Disabled persons (with a degree of disablement of 80% or more – only with ID) € 4
Family tickets € 25
The other Zoo I would like to share is one of the oldest in Germany, the Wilhelma in Stuttgart.
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Alhambra on the River Neckar
Today’s Wilhelma Park belongs to the historical heritage of Baden-Württemberg. The park has undergone a transition from being the purely private retreat of a king to become the zoological and botanical gardens of Stuttgart, with just over 2.1 million yearly visitors.
Originally planned as private gardens, the park, with buildings in the Moorish style, was intended to serve the Swabian king, King Wilhelm I, as living quarters and also to be used for representative purposes. In those times, in the middle of the 19th century, Moorish architecture had come into fashion amongst the royal families of Europe.
The king therefore “ordered” a Moorish park from his architect, Karl Ludwig Zanth. It was to bear the name “Wilhelma”. The most outstanding example of Moorish architecture, even in those days, was the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. And so Wilhelma is also known as the Alhambra on the R. Neckar.
You can decide yourself, of course, just how you want to explore Wilhelma, all depending on your mood and fancy. The visitor is presented with different pictures depending on the time of year, both in the park and the animal and plant houses. In winter the glasshouses with their great array of tropical plants offer a nice change from the lack of flowers outside. In summer the Water Lily Pond is a jewel with an incomparable atmosphere and the many young animals in the park are a delight to young and old alike.
In order to give you a few ideas to help you to choose, we will show you different tours here, which you can try out according to weather, mood, interest and the time of day or the season.
History of Wilhelma
Wilhelma is the only both zoological and botanical garden to be found in Germany. This is due to its unique history, its shrewd first director and a series of lucky coincidences
Wilhelma’s park is almost 70 acres in size (280,000 square metres), and thus takes up the area of some 40 football pitches. To the south the park borders onto Rosenstein Park, to the east is the River Neckar, to the west and the north there are residential areas of the Stuttgart city district Bad Cannstatt. The park consists of a historical and a newer section.
The historical part of the park faces towards the R. Neckar, lies geographically speaking at the foot of an incline and is often also known as the “lower” part or “lower” garden. This historical section is the original terrain of the private Wilhelma, which used to belong to King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, with all its historical buildings in Moorish style and all its glasshouses. There are also some animal houses here that are partially built on historical building substance, like, for example, the Aquarium or the Insectarium. In this lower part there are also the Ape Houses and the Amazon House.
The newer section, which is situated at the top of the Rosenstein slope, is also known as the “upper” section. This area was added piece by piece to the old part of Wilhelma, because the necessity for more space for animal enclosures gradually grew with the ever-increasing amount of animals. Today, all the remaining animal houses and open-air enclosures are to be found here. The last extension was added in 1993, when, parallel to the International Garden Exhibition (IGA), the Demonstration Farm was installed.
Wilhelma is open 365 days a year. It opens at 8.15 a.m. and closes– depending on the month – between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Visitors must leave the park before nightfall – by 8 p.m. at the latest.
(WE = Weekends, Bank Hols. = Official German Bank Holidays, Winter Hols. = School Winter Holidays in Baden-Württemberg; *from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in each case)
All Ticket Offices close at 4 p.m. (with the exception of the Upper Ticket Office, March – October, 4.30 p.m.). After this tickets can only be had at two automatic ticket machines at the Main Entrance. N.B.: These ticket machines accept coins only or notes to the value of 10 € and 20 €!
|Day tickets||Normal entrance fees
|Evening tariff after 4 p.m. 01.03.- 31.10.
|Adults||16,00 €||11,00 €|
|Children, Schoolchildren, Students||8,00 €||5,50 €|
|Family Ticket I:
with his/her own children
|24,00 €||16,50 €|
|Family Ticket II:
Parents with their own children
|40,00 €||27,00 €|
Arriving by car
From the Stuttgart city boundaries onwards Wilhelma is generally shown on the white inner-city traffic signs with the symbol of an elephant.
- A 81 motorway from the direction of Heilbronn/Würzburg<br>Leave the A 81 at Exit Zuffenhausen (No. 17) and follow the B 10 main road towards the city centre until reaching Wilhelma.
- A 8 motorway from the direction of Ulm/München (Munich)
Leave the A 8 at Exit Wendlingen (No. 55) and follow the B 313 main road, at Plochingen the B 19 main road, in the direction of Stuttgart until reaching Wilhelma.
- A 81 motorway from the direction of Singen
From Autobahnkreuz/Motorway Junction Stuttgart (No. 20), follow the A 831 motorway/B 14 main road in the direction of the city centre until reaching Wilhelma.
- A 8 motorway from the direction of KarlsruheLeave the A 8 at Exit Stuttgart-Vaihingen (No. 51), follow the A 831 motorway/B 14 main road in the direction of the city centre until reaching Wilhelma.
Parking facilities are available, for a fee, at Wilhelma multi-storey car park on Neckartalstrasse road, at weekends and on Bank Holidays at Mahle Parkhaus/car park (near Pragstrasse road), at the car park at Cannstatter Wasen (15 minutes away on foot) and at further parking sites in Bad Cannstatt.
For buses conveying 20 or more Wilhelma visitors, 18 parking spaces are available free of charge.