Tiergarten Schönbrunn


City: Vienna
Country: Austria
State: Vienna
Opend 31st July 1752

Species 480

This is the the worlds oldest zoo starting as an imperial menagerie, buildings from that periode still can be found, like the breakfast pavillion.  Thus this sounds really old fashioned, you have som great enclousures and it has been voted europes best zoo several times. Of animals you meet the giant panda (europes onlyest breeding pair), Koala Bears as well as the popular African elephants and Orang Utans

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Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Maxingstraße 13b
1130 Wien


Phone number 01 877 92 94-0
Fax number 01 877 96 41


Opened minimum 9am - 4.30 pm

Entrance fee

  • Adult 22,- Euros
  • Child 6-18 years 11,- Euros


Annual cards (valid for 12 months)
  • Adult 54,- Euro
  • Child 27,- Euros



For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds

The zoo was constructed in 1752 next to Schloss Schönbrunn by Adrian van Stekhoven at the order of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, husband of Maria Theresia, to serve as an imperial menagerie. It was centered around a pavilion meant for imperial breakfasts. Therefore, thirteen animal enclosures in the form of cut cake pieces were established around this central pavilion. The central pavilions and the menagerie building were built by Jean Nicolas Jadot de Ville-Issey. A small zoo had already existed on the premises since 1540, but the complex was only opened to the public in 1779. Initially, there were no entrance fees. Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II organized expeditions to Africa and the Americas to capture specimens for the zoo. The arrival of the first giraffe in 1828 influenced Viennese fashion and city life. Clothes', accessories', and other items' designs were influenced, and Adolf Bäuerle performed his play titled Giraffes in Vienna (German: Giraffen in Wien). At the onset of World War I, the zoo was home to 712 species and 3500 specimens. Due to diminishing food supplies during the war, the number of specimens rapidly sank to 900. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the war, the zoo became the responsibility of the Austrian Republic. Bombing raids on February 19 and February 21 of 1945, during World War II, had an even greater impact on the zoo. Many buildings were destroyed and specimens killed, reducing the stock of specimens to 400. The new zoo director, Dr. Julius Brachetka, eventually managed to restore the zoo. The zoo experienced a financial crisis in the 1980s, but closure of the zoo was prevented by privatization in 1992. Dr. Helmut Pechlaner was assigned as manager of the zoo. After his retirement on January 1, 2007, his deputy Dr. Dagmar Schratter took over his post. Pechlaner was able to renovate and extend many of the enclosures thanks to a number of sponsors and significantly increased entrance fees. During his time as manager, the zoo was extended by a number of new buildings, including the rainforest house, the desert house, and the Tirolean Farm. A number of rare and exotic specimens, such as giant pandas and koalas, were attracted to the zoo and contributed to its upswing in popularity.

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After have been paying the entrance fee we turn to the information house to watch the monitos there. After that we enter the Australian House with Koala Bears. The the top-favorites are comming, the Giant Panda with the only breedingpair of Europe. Behinde theire house we finde the Kangaroos and turn right at the porcupines. Right next door are the hippos and behinde theire hose we finde the Lions.  Now we have reached the carnivore area where you meet Cheetahs, Amur Tigers and Jaguars.  Kids will love the then following petarea and a big playground. Across we are having a big pampas with animals like the Giant Anteater. To the right we now se the small-clawed Otters and Zebra Mongoos. Turning bag we se the Pecari and the Bison. In this are we finde an interestin Insecthouse. Beside it is a big european swamp area with pelicans as well as an enclosure for Reindeers. In this area we also finde the Asian Buffalo and a huge are fore asian dear and Indian Rhinos. Behinde them there are Nutrias. Now its time to watch mountain animals like the Tahr.  Going up this mountain we  look at 3 ponds with fish and arriving at the the top with birs of prey. To get some heat we are going in to the rainforest house with asian animals flying around your head, like birds and bats.  Beside it we are having the polar bears and theire neighbours are the Sea Lions and the Penguins. Heading up a mountain we are looking at the spectacled bear on one side and small bears like the coati on the other. At the enclosure for Serows we turn right up to the tyrolian farm with austrian horses, cows and ond hoofstock. Down the mountain we meet the lynx, bees, owls and wolfs. Following the padock for African Elephants we first se the monkey house. Behinde it we are having the breakfast-pavillion of the emperor family, from wich you - while you are having an ekspresso - look at zebras, ostriches and antilopes. Here we also have the giraffe house where you could meet a house here 1 of europes first 3 giraffes lived. Going along and across the well we have some aviarys for birds and behide it the birdhouse, here you also meet sloths and armadillos. Outside again we se the aviary for heremit Ibises and a lake with islands for the Lar Gibbon and the Ringtailed Lemur. Now we passing the first aviarys again and follow the road to the Orang Utans, the only apes of this zoo. Going back we are havin some new aviarys. Turning left we have som austrian reptiles as well as som giant tortoise. These are infromt of the interesting aquarium.  Outside again we are having som flamingos on the left and the som parakeets before the exit.

DE: Dies ist der älteste Zoo der Welt der als Kaiserliche Menagerie anfing. Gebäude, wie der Kaiserlich Frühstückspavillion findet man eben so wie schöne moderne Anlagen. Er hat mehrere mahle den Preis als Europas bester Zoo gewonnen. Man findet spannende Tiere wie den grossen Panda, Koalas und die immer populären Afrikanischen Elefant und Orangutans.

DK: Dette er verdens ældste zoo som startede som et kejserlig menagerie. Bygninger fra den tid er bl.a. kejserens morgenmadspavillion - men have råder også over flere store moderne anlæg, og er da også blevet kåret til europas beste zoo op til flere gange. Af spændende dyr møder man den store panda (europas eneste avlspar findes her), koalabjørne og de altid populære afrikanske elefanter, samt orangutaner.

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