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Tiergarten Schonbrunn

Address Maxingstra├če 13 b
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Open: Open January 9.00-16.30, February 9.00-17.00, March 9.00-17.30, April 9.00-18.00, May to September 9.00-18.30,
Prices: Adult entry: ATS 120, retired (Mon-Fri) ATS 80, students ATS 55, children 40 ATS.
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Nov 2007

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This review submitted by NIELS JOHS LEGARTH IVERSEN,
October 2000

It is said that there were animal collections even at the old Sumerian courts, and we also find them for instance in China (the Père David deer survived in the imperial gardens long after it was killed off in the wild). All these have gone; the oldest zoo we have got now is the Schönbrunn, which was opened in July 1752 as a gift from emperor Franz I for the empress Maria Theresia (though already in 1452 a small collection of animals were kept in the Stadtgraben von Wien, according to the homepage). Some of the 200 year old buildings have survived, but the Austrians have had to think hard to make them fit into the modern zoo concept (I think they've succeeded). The general structure of the area goes back to the imperial era: there is a central round pavillon in the eastern part, and from this there are paths radiating out in all directions. From within you look right out into the animal enclosures. However the main entrance nowadays is at the other end of the compund. You can buy a combined ticket with the old Palm House included (refurbished and probably open when you read this). When you have entered the Garden from this side, you first pass between lamas on your left and axis deer and nilgais on your right. From here you have the choice between several routes: left past the birds of prey, red pandas, sheeps and goats plus the apes, or right past an area with among other things a bird lake and a enclosure with buffalos plus some Pere David deer. whichever route you choose, I suggest you walk without too many detours to the pavillion area, which is after all the most characteristic feature of this zoo. From here you have a better chanced of grasping the generel structure of the place. The animals around the pavillion are mainly african: a savanna with zebras, ostriches and antelopes to the north, hippos, elephants, giraffes to the south (though the elephants may have moved op north when you read this). To west, towards the main entrance, you find the lions along with other big cats. To the east, crocs, flamingoes and monkeys. Wolwes are in the northernmost part, close to the eatery Tirolergarten. To get out there, take U4 to Station Hietzing (rather than the Schönbrunn), or tram 10, 58, 60, or bus 15A, 51A, 56B, 156B

Oh, I almost forgot: they've also got a nice palace out there. You might want to check it out after the zoo.

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