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“Not Worth the Price of Admission”

Tiergarten Schoenbrunn - Zoo Vienna
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Ranked #6 of 629 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Zoo Vienna, the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752. Schonbrunn Zoo was voted Europe's best in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Schonbrunn Zoo is the perfect place for a journey into the fascinating world of the animal kingdom. Open year round, it combines the highlights of the natural world with an unparalleled history as the world's oldest and Europe's best zoo. It is part of Schonbrunn as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listed site and home to more than 700 species of animals. Marvel at the Giant pandas, tigers, orangutans, koalas and elephants, immerse yourself in the magic of the Amazon and feel the heat of a tropical rainforest in the heart of Europe. Moderated feeding sessions, guided tours and a trip aboard the panorama train turn a trip to the zoo into an unforgettable experience.
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We paid over 15 Euros each for seniors admissions, and were not at all impressed with the oldest zoo in Europe. They did have pandas, and orangutangs but other than that, nothing else that stands out in my memory, and the landscaping was certainly nothing to write home about. Save your money, unless your kids are really interested in going.

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

On the last day, we took our 13 yr old to the zoo. Having seen animals in Kenya in their natural habitat, we were not much into zoos but so glad we went to this one!

Could see why it won best zoo in Europe a few times. Spacious and clean... Animals were clearly well taken care of.

The maps and signs posted all over made it very easy to move around and choose what we wanted to see most.

While it is a must visit for kids, it's a nice place for even the kid in each of us! I was so excited when I saw the koala bears and the red panda.. Never seen them before! :-)

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I had a 17 hour layover in Vienna and decided to visit the zoo. This is a very old zoo but they have really made good use of their resources. The habitats are well done and with heavy plexiglass panels you can feel like you are "up close and personal" with many of the animals. They were renovating the polar bear enclosure so no ice bears while I was there but it looks like it will be a very nice habitat when it's finished. The park grounds surrounding the zoo and a nice place to walk too. You can use the CAT train from the airport to downtown and then take the U-bahn to the zoo.

Thank Luz2Travel
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This zoo has quite a few exhibitions and the displays and animals are well looked after. Can be quite humid in a few areas and during the time I was there, some displays were in the process of being built but over all a great place

Thank Appsy84
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Tiergarten Schönbrunn is one of the world's great zoos. It is an enormous zoo set in the prestigious glamour of the Habsburg's Vienna summer palace. The surrounds are exquisite and the zoo fits in very well. Public transport is the way to get there, the U-Bahn station Hietzing is closer than the Schönbrunn station.

The cost of entry is €15 for an adult and €7 for a child. The smallest get in free. Better is to get a year pass which is really good value.

Tiergarten Schönbrunn claims to be the oldest zoo in the world. If so it has done well to keep up with the times. There is always an underlying sense that zoos are in some way immoral. Seeing animals caged up is not edifying. However, Schönbrunn has put in serious effort to gild those cages as much as possible. The latest example is the reconstruction of the polar bear area. Previously the polar bear enclosure was a bit grim, not a good example of quality care. The current closure of the polar bear section does also cut out one of the routes through the zoo which seems to have kept many more visitors viewing the penguins and elephants than being spread out through the grounds.

The range of enclosures is incredible. There are major areas for elephants, gibbons, pelicans etc. The gibbon section is particuarly creative comprising an island which gives almost a sense of a natural environment.

Indoor sections are good for bad weather. The aquarium is ok highlighted by a view into the flamingo enclosure and a little slide for small children. For some section is less visited than other places and the insect area is way at the back so not many visitors make the trek,

What turns Tiergarten Schönbrunn from very good to great is the expanse. A walking trail up past a wolf enclosure is almost a real walking trail and accessible for kids. The oranguntan section has its own restaurant and little children's play area. An adventure playground for kids is ok though a bit too difficult for toddlers.

There are dozens and dozens of things to see and a multitude of paths to take. It is a genuine all-day trip for a family should they want to try and pack everything in. Several restaurants exist and they are ok along with the numerous unhealthy snack stands.

Queues for entry can be ridiculous on sunny national holidays so avoid then or have a year pass and breeze straight past.

While zoos are morally ambiguous offering the benefit of conservation and the negative of wildlife enclosure. With that in mind, Tiergarten Schönbrunn is one of the world's greatest. A family trip to Vienna needs to include Schönbrunn and to expect a full day at the zoo.

Thank Malarchy
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