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Tierpark Hellabrunn
Ranked #13 of 326 things to do in Munich
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Huge complex of buildings makes this one of the most enjoyable museums you will ever visit. Plan to spend a great portion of the day there since there are so many exhibits and rooms to see.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“I loved it, my kids loved it, my parents loved it.”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had a terrific time at the zoo, all the animals are very well kept and lovely to see. The zoo is peppered with playgrounds for children or petting farms which even on a cold December morning was still very enjoyable.

Visited December 2012
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“Winter in Tierpark Hellabrunn”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Easy to reach by public transport (U Bahn station and a direct bus from Marienplatz). Ticketed entry. A small city zoo squashed between the river Isar, a small escarpment and housing developments. This is a traditional Zoo which is making a big effort to get away from being just a collection of parts. Many new animal houses have been put up in the last decade. The great apes, big cats, tropical house and rhinos have all benefited, and just now the Elephant / Giraffe house is being refurbished, retaining its amazing turn of the century facade and decoration.

Winter is not the best time to see everything (although one brave Roo was outside by minus 4 degrees - Mad Aussies). However, you benefit from less crowds, less hectic and a chance for a much more personal view of things. Summer can be overcrowded and it can be hard to see the animals, although folks here always let kids push to the front.

There are several quick-eat places but they close for the season. The main restaurant is very good value but can get crowded, even if the rest of the place is empty. Food is meat and french fries, pasta or salad- hot and filling which is perfect for a winter day.

The zoo has specialized in hoofed animals and they usually brave the winter weather, so you will see species that are not your everyday zoo stock. Highlight is the great ape house, with social groups of Gorilla and Chimpanzee (keeper lecture in the afternoon, albeit in German- but with enough visual clues to understand). The Rhino house (Sumatran Rhino, Malayan Tapir) is very small and intimate, which makes for great viewing. Watch out for the free-range Sloths up above. The small primate house is the best place to eat a packed lunch and to keep kids entertained whilst they thaw out / dry off. It is quiet and warm, with amazing enclosures for a whole host of Lemur species, with floor-to roof glass. This appears to be the designated breast-feeding location, so you get a free lesson in comparative zoology thrown in.

There are two entrances, so be careful not to loose your bearings, as you may exit the wrong one (they are actually well labelled but you know how it is).

The signage always included English names, and is very pictorial so easy to follow.

The recommended route ha a lot of walking and after five antelope species you may baulk at a sixth, so keep the map you get on entry handy for short cuts.

There are wooden handcarts available for rental, but if it is cold its probably best to keep the small ones moving.

A great innovation for spectacle wearers: Hot air blowers for de-fogging your lenses on entry into the warm and humid houses.

Visited December 2012
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Milan, Italy
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“Don't miss the "Greifvogel Show"!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We spent a pleasant day. Set in a park, you stroll around the animals area. Many snacks area, where you can nicely eat and a good playground (suitable also for a kid of 10). Most interesting the show with the rapacious, dull the one with the elephants. We couldn't see more shows but they could have been woth it. We spent almost 5 hours in it. They don't have hippos.

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Munich, Germany
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“Worth a Visit - especially with family with toddlers”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I live in Munich, so I am here rather often.

Very well kept with animals from all continents. Most of them outside, but it also has inside areas.

Thus best when the weather is fine. If not, take out-door-cloths along.

When visiting with toddlers you should have a pram. If not, you can rent trolleys at the entrance.

The Restaurant in the center of the Zoo has fair prices. A sausage with french fries and a small coke will be yours for approx EUR 5,50. A big playground for children all ages (up to 12 I'd say) is at the restaurant. You can also sit inside.

Once inside the Zoo, there are no extra charges for looking at feedings of animals or the area where you can pet goats, rabbits etc.

Should the weather be bad, not far is the "Deutsche Museum" (German Museum) which is also worth a visit and rather unique.


Visited December 2012
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Malta, Europe
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“Hellabrunn zoo”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

My family and I were left a little bit disappointed with the fact that most of the cages where without animals. We expected to be informed of such thing before paying but we just paid the full amount with barely seeing any animals.

Another drawback was that food stalls were closed and the tour around the zoo is not available in winter.

The only thumbs up are the walk from the underground station to the zoo and once at the zoo one can feed and pat some goats.

One recommendation: don’t visit the zoo in winter if you don't want to waste time and money.

Visited December 2012
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