The award-winning Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) is among Germany's very best - see gallery below
Munich Zoo (Tierpark) Hellabrunn was one of the world’s first zoos to buck that trend.
Munich’s zoo was founded in 1911 and was the world’s first 'geo-zoo', meaning it displayed its animals by continent.
Many of the 700 species aren’t caged, but live in enclosures separated from visitors by moats.
A baby polar bear with mum at Munich Zoo. Pic: Joerg Koch/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
King penguins with a fledgling at Munich Zoo. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
▪ The Touch Paddock and Kinderzoo – An area where kids can get up close and personal with goats, sheep and ponies.
The animals can be stroked and fed with low-calorie fibre bought from vending machines and kids can watch chicks hatch from their eggs.
▪ The "Villa Dracula" – a large walk-through hall where bats and birds flap about unhindered.
▪ Polarium – Crowds flock to see the Antarctic penguins and sea lions but the star attraction of this section is the new polar bear enclosure.
▪ Elephant House – The century old Byzantine Elephant House was one of the first freestanding concrete domes in the world and has become the zoo’s most-recognisable symbol.
See below the photos for visiting details.
A Silvery gibbon at the zoo. Pic: D Hierl/Tierpark Hellabrunn
The zoo's famous elephant house. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
A baby panda at the zoo. Pic: Michael Thomas/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
The zoo's brown bear looking nonchalant. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
Visitors explore the zoo. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
A baby orangutan with mum at Munich Zoo. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
The zoo's aquarium has all sorts of interesting inhabitants. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
A rare Siberian tiger at the zoo. Pic: Marisa Segadelli/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
A silvery gibbon hangs about at teh zoo. Pic: D Hierl/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
Baby orangutans take shelter with their mum at the zoo. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
The zoo's elephant house. Pic: Tierpark Hellabrunn
A view across to the zoo's cafe. Pic: Marc Mueller/ Tierpark Hellabrunn
Location Tierpark Strasse 30, Munich
Phone 089 62 5080
Open 9am to 6pm April to September, till 5pm October to March
Cost €15, children 4 to 14 €6 (children under 4 go free). Family tickets are also available, check the website for details.
Directions Take the U-Bahn line 3 to the station Thalkirchen (Tierpark). From there it’s a 3min walk, just follow the signs.
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