Situated 727 meters (2385 feet) above sea level, the Alpenzoo is the highest zoo in the world. Rather than play host to a ... More
Situated 727 meters (2385 feet) above sea level, the Alpenzoo is the highest zoo in the world. Rather than play host to a range of exotic creatures, this haven only contains animals that originate from the Alpine region. Visitors can see more than 2000 different species ranging from the tiny golden cockerel, to mammoth bison and the bearded vulture with a wing-span of more than 3 meters (10 feet). Otters play in the water and various weird and wonderful fish can be viewed in the extraordinary cold-water aquarium. The park rangers also nurture endangered species and return them to their natural habitat, the Alps. So, if you spot an eagle soaring through the skies of Innsbruck, it may well be thanks to the work of the Alpine zoo.
It was a great zoo, very scenic. However, I wish the animals had more room to roam. It was the first time in my life that I had the privilege of seeing a gray wolf, and it was incredible.
I would go here again.
Although not exactly the most amazing zoo, it did feel unique. It wasn't typical of the rest of Innsbruck and the zoo itself had a different feel to anywhere else I've visited.
I have to say, the girl in the gift shop (Mel????) was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen - worth the price of admittance just to see her smile!
Visiting towards the end of November, many of the animal exihibits would be in hibernation. Probably great in spring, summer, and fall. However, even a warm November, will result in a reduced display (understandably so).
This place is OK I guess if you like to see a bunch of squirrels & rats. Oh and chickens too yes they have chickens. Hmmm.The best part is the tram ride but take my advice and take the tram all the way up to the top of the mountain where it seems as if you are on top of the world! Great view of the Alps. You can ejoy a great view of the town below while sipping on some high-octane coffee or chugging a bier or vine.
Vinnie Meehan- USA
It was cool because it was on a mountain and it had soooooooooooooooooooooooo many animals and it had good prices and things to eat and it had such a variety of food and gifts.The animals were fantastic and there wasn't anything that i didn't like but a few of the animals looked bored and they bored me a little bit too.
Chloe Papworth, 12 yrs old,Paignton
This is Europe's highest lying zoo. (727 meters)
You can hike to the zoo or you can also ride the Hungerburg Bahn (a funicular). The ride is located at the corner of Rennweg and Erzherzog-Eugen Strasse.
More Info: There are more than 2000 Alpine animals of 150 species from the entire region of the Alps. Some of them are now extinct in the wild. If you love animals and/or zoos don`t miss this place!
I love the Alpenzoo! Whatever the season, there is plenty to see and do, and there's no reason to feel sorry for the animals in winter as they only stock animals native to the alps. So, if you're looking for lions, tigers etc, look elsewhere! The walks around the zoo are pleasant even in poor weather as there are plenty of rest stops, sheltered from wind and rain with tremendous views over Innsbruck, including a great view of the olympic ski-jump which shows you just how scary that sport is. All the animals seem happy and at home and my kids love it. There is a farm animal section for smaller children which gives them the opportunity to touch, smell and see animals up close. The otters are real show-offs, putting on an entertaining variety act when they're not asleep (which is quite often). The bears come up close enough to smell too - much bigger than you'd expect. The sound of the wolves howling at noon or the lynx barking at passers by stays with you a long time. Value for money refreshments are available year round and the shop stocks a lot of educational stuff to take home. Best value of all are the posters, costing from �3.60 which I have up on the kid's bedroom walls. I recommend this to anyone with or without kids, in any weather, on any budget. However, be aware of some steep-ish hills which manual wheelchair users would struggle with. Other than that, everyone is friendly and cheerful and are happy to see you. I forgot... there's a lovely bear-inspired adventure playpark for the kids too. Aim to spend a good half-day there - the place isn't that big!
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