Alpenzoo Innsbruck


City: Innsbruck
Country: Austria
State: Tyrol
Opend : 22 September 1962

Species 150


The Alpine Zoo Innsbruck is the highest zoo in Europe (750 m), with an area of approximately 4.1 hectares in this Themenzoo the local wildlife is a unique collection of 150 species with 2,000 specimens from the entire Alpine region. The Alpine Zoo was Founded on 22 September 1962 by Hans Psenner. He made a name for the zoo by resettlement projects in Tyrol for extinct or endangered animal species. Noteworthy are bearded vultures, ibexs and bald ibis.

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The ALPENZOO lies at the foot of the northern range on the sunny side of Innsbruck, high above the roofs of the provincial capital of Tyrol. At the entrance stands the castle pond, built by the Christian Tanzl citizen of Innsbruck from 1460 as a residence. The Emperor Maximilian I stayed here as a guest. Archduke Ferdinand II built in 1591 at the Weiherburg an imperial zoo. With the opening of ALPENZOO Innsbruck 1962, a bridge to the renaissance of the 16th-Tiergarten Century and thus defeated the Weiherburg played at least some of their former surroundings and atmosphere. Right at the entrance reminds the beaver enclosure with its "pond" at the historic fish ponds, which have given its name to the castle pond. The ALPENZOO opened on 22 September 1962 for the first time its doors. Until the turn of the year, 30,000 people came to visit, in the following years there were more steadily, to an average of 300,000 visitors per year. Those who admired today in the Alpine Zoo wallcreeper, Dipper, beaver and mountain goats, which is perhaps not aware that these successes in keeping and breeding of native wild animals to the tireless efforts and work of Prof. Hans Psenner (1912 - 1995) are indebted to. He is considered the "father of the Alpine Zoo," but he has been promoted at a young age the idea of establishing an "Alpine Zoo" to the public. 1962, 50 years old, he could finally realize his life's work. Thus the story of how ALPENZOO spans a large arc of the pioneering early days under Hans Psenner (director from 1962 to 1979) about the enormous progress under Dr. Helmut Pechlaner (Director 1979-1991) to the current leadership under Dr. Michael Martys, since 1992 Managing Director's and zoological. Since 2000, the ALPENZOO with the financial support of the Tyrol and the city of Innsbruck is an extensive renovation of the existing zoo and the construction of large plants to mammals and birds is possible. This conversion is based on an expansion of the surface area of 1.2 ha to 4.1 ha opening now in this new development was the establishment of a farm show in endangered breeds in the Alpine region. For the first time an area has been created that establishes the direct contact between humans and animals. There are no ALPENZOO petting zoo in the traditional style, but the outdoor facilities before the show barn invite visitors to experience these rescued from extinction domestic animals up close. In autumn 2002, a large walk-in aviary was opened for the bald ibis. 2003 brown bear and bison could relate their new enclosure. It was followed by a combination of badger and pine marten posture, walk-in visitors to the riverside forest aviary (2005) and the Paul Flora Raventower (2006). In the same year at the "summit" of the first ALPENZOO Part of the high mountain plant, namely building a stone block enclosure. 2007, to mark the 45-year anniversary of the zoo followed the second ALPENZOO Construction phase, the opening of the large aviary "Innergschlöß," a combination of entertainment with bearded vultures, hares, marmots, grouse and snow buntings. The preliminary final extension step concerns the "climbing" for chamois on the floor of the former ibex enclosure. The construction of these facilities in the upper third of the ALPENZOO the animal inhabitants of the mountainous region with representatives of the ice ages, elk and bison are united. Among them close to the forest-dwelling species such as lynx, wolf, wild cat, but also golden eagles and grouse (2008/09). The future of ALPENZOO will result in a harmony of nature-designed animal enclosures, aviaries and a spacious living room corresponding to the respective plants. Prof. Hans Psenner we owe the idea of such species which are not seen throughout the day on the outdoor facility, with a view to show in the sleep tank. So that visitors can watch through a glass pane, the family secret life of otters, beavers and marmots. One of the great achievements in ALPENZOO was the establishment of a cold-water aquarium (1987) to see where up to 50 different species of fish in tanks with up to 16,000 liters of water content are. This is the world's largest collection of fish species from the entire Alpine region. Some of them have been bred here for the first time worldwide. Special importance in the preservation of native fish fauna is the fish hatchery in the municipality to Thaur near Innsbruck. Here are stocking native fish, especially the now endangered Inn-Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) but also the Tyrolean "Urforelle" (Salmo trutta forma fario) bred to them at appropriate locations in the Tyrol again suspend. Fish farming Thaur, owned by the Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, was dated from 1990 ALPENZOO leased long term. Due to the operational structure of the fish Thaur is currently not publicly available.


Last visit 2011 

Alpenzoo Innsbruck
Weiherburggasse 37
A - 6020 Innsbruck


Phone Number.: 0512-292323
Fax number 0512 /29 30 89


Open minimum 9am - 5pm 



  • Adult 12,- Euro
  • Child 6,- Euro

Annual Card 

  • Adult 50,- Euro
  • Child 25,- Euro

 For children there are several play grounds

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After we paid the entrance, we walk right past the beaverhome and then right, where we see the owls and the Aqua-Terarrium. Behind it are living some otters. The right path leads to the ravens and the aquarium. Across from the otters live wolves, whose neighbors are reptiles. Then we can go in to the bald ibis aviary. Back on the main path we see different domestic animals and the roe deer. We continue to follow the path and go right, we see only the ptarmigan and a little later, the wild boar and wisent. After a while we see the ibex enclosure, in which we can also go inside. Below this lies an aviary system for the bearded vulture, which again is flying freely over the Alps and their neighbors is the moose. The chamois also are seen from time to time in the Alps, rather rare, however, the marmot and lynx, who live in the following enclosures. We go up the stairs a bit higher, where we look for the golden eagle aviary and at the grouse, a staircase leads down to us, showing us the way to the griffon vultures. We go right along the aviary for ravens, we come to lowland forest aviary, you can com in too. Below this aviary we find the brown bear and the badger.


DE: Dieser kleine Zoo zeigt die Fauna der Alpenregion, wie den Wisent, den Steinbock und die Gemse

DK: Denne lille zoo viser alpernes fauna med dyr som wisenten, stenbukken og gemsen.
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