Also known as Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the Vienna Zoo can be found within the grounds of the impressive Schönbrunn Palace and was built at the direction of Emperor Franz I, husband of Maria Theresia.
The success of this zoo can be gauged by the fact it has been in existence since 1752 and still attracts many visitors from around the world. It has survived two world wars and, although widely recognised as the oldest zoo in the world, the Vienna Zoo still boasts many modern facilities and a vast array of animals.
Whether you like primates, rodents, fish or carnivores, the Vienna Zoo has it for you, mostly in a setting reflective of their environment. The Rainforest House is particularly attractive during the winter months. Whilst you warm up, you can view a range of insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals in their natural habitat.
The Vienna Zoo is well known for its Giant Pandas. The first pair of pandas arrived at the zoo in 2003 and they are on loan from the People’s Republic of China for 10 years. Their latest addition, Fu Long, was born at the zoo in August 2007.
Educational signs are situated near all of the animal enclosures however they are written in German.
There are a variety of admission prices. In addition to the usual single admissions, it is possible to obtain yearly passes, family bonus cards and combination tickets.
For example, you can buy a ticket for the Desert House alone or a combination ticket to include the zoo, Palm House and Desert House. For something different, you can purchase a ticket for the zoo and the Giant Ferris Wheel on Wiener Riesenrad.
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