It is not an everyday occasion to plan a visit to a palace, royal gardens and the zoo in same day, but this would be the case when you go for Schönbrunn Zoo.
Schönbrunn Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe dating back from 18 century and it is great natural habitat conservation area with many species. There are around 700 species hosted in the zoo in the area of 17 hectares. Some species are critically endangered, and their survival depends on living conditions and care in the zoo.
|Name||Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)|
|Location||Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Wien, 13th district, Hietzing|
|How to get there||U4, Wien Hütteldorf from Schwedenplatz or U3, Wien Ottakring from Stefansplatz (plus tram No. 10), or bus 10A|
|Ticket Price||From $14, depends on the type of ticket, children up to age of 6 enter free.|
|Opening hours||7 days a week, 09:00-17:30 (16:30 in winter and 18:30 in summer)|
The zoo has a special and themed tours, where you can focus on certain animal group or if you want to learn about what is happening backstage and how zoo and animals are managed. There is also timetable of feeding of the animals that is a spectacle of its own and very enjoyable for children.
There is a panoramic train riding throughout the zoo and Schönbrunn Palace complex that can be lots of fun for kids. When visiting as a family with children, plan to spend at least half day as there is many things to see and doo. There are several eateries, cafes and ice cream parlor to have a nice relaxing break between exploring this wonderful habitat.
Outside of the zoo there is a Desert house (separate entrance fee) that provides environment to animals and plants specific to the various desert areas around the world.
In summary, Schönbrunn Zoo is one of the top attractions in Vienna and great place to spend some time and learn about nature.