Hagenbecks Tierpark Zoo
Tierpark Hagenbeck has established itself as one of Germany's most popular zoos. The zoo has it has been family-owned for six generations, ever since its opening in 1907. Back then, separating the animals' enclosures by moats instead of fences was considered quite novel! Over the years, the zoo has gained a good reputation for successfully breeding rare and endangered species such as the Asian elephant and the Siberian tiger.
The newest additions to the zoo are the Tropical Aquarium (built in 2007 to celebrate the centenary) and the Eismeer section which followed suit in 2012. The four-level Tropical Aquarium and the Eismeer both show new angles on wildlife (literally!) as visitors can walk through rather than alongside the enclosures. Outdoor sceneries are modelled to resemble the animals' natural habitats. In effect, a trip to the zoo is almost like travelling to far-away, exotic places.
Tierpark Hagenbeck can be reached by the U2 U-Bahn, buses 22, 39, 181 and 281 or by car, via the A7 motorway. There are plenty of parking spaces available, the zoo is wheelchair-friendly and opened all year long. Prices range between 12 and 17 EUR.
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