Vienna Zoo or Tiergarten Schönbrunn is considered the world’s oldest zoological garden and it has been named Europe’s best zoo five times in a row. It is located on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, occupying an area of 17 hectares. Visitors can see more than 700 animal species from all over the world there, such as giraffes, orang-utans, tigers, koalas, etc. The greatest attraction of Vienna Zoo are the giant pandas that are bred naturally in this zoo. In addition to outdoor enclosures, visitors can also visit several pavilions, such as the Tropical Rainforest House, the historical Monkey House and the Tyrolean Farm House with different farm animals. The zoo also runs a daily programme of animal feeding – the feeding of sea lions is especially popular. It is recommended to park at the two Park & Ride car parks a few metro stations away from the zoo: Hütteldorf and Siebenhirten car parks. A limited number of free parking places can be found in Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg street. Cars are not allowed in the zoo. Vienna Zoo has three entrances – the Hietzing main entrance near the U4 Hietzing metro station (through the Hietzinger Tor gate), the Tirolerhof entrance (at the free car park in Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg street) and the Neptune entrance (in the Schönbrunn Park near the Neptune’s Fountain).
Useful information for visitors
Public transport connections
The closest public transport stops near Vienna Zoo:
- Dommayergasse tram stop
- Hietzing tram and metro station
Opening hours and admission
For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of Vienna Zoo, visit the official website. It is also possible to download the zoo plan along with information about animals and feeding times. It can be also obtained at the ticket office and inside the zoo.
Interesting facts about Vienna ZOO
Vienna Zoo was founded in the summer of 1752 in the newly established menagerie of the Schönbrunn Palace. The first great sensational event came with the birth of an African elephant in 1906 – it was the first time in history when an elephant was born in captivity.