Tierpark Hellabrunn: animal adventures

An exciting day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn (Hellabrunn Zoo), the world’s first "geozoo".

Animals have been living in Munich’s Tierpark Hellabrunn since 1928. They are divided up according to continent, meaning that a trip to this zoo is a bit like taking a journey around the globe, from the Arctic to Africa, Europe to Asia and America to Australia.

The animals live in natural communities inside large enclosures, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Isar River floodplains. Over 750 exotic and local species – ranging from giraffes and the Alpine ibex to leafcutter ants – have made a home for themselves here. The highlights include the historic elephant house, which has been completely refurbished, the bat cave and a jungle world.

The zoo is particularly exciting for younger guests: a petting zoo with pygmy goats, two playgrounds and Hellabrunn Kinderland (Hellabrunn Children’s World) are sure to get every child’s pulse racing.

Breathtaking experiences, a wealth of information and entertainment are guaranteed in the regular tours, animal shows and feeding events, like the polar bear talk, sea lion training and the bird of prey and dove shows.

If all that strolling around the zoo has got your appetite going, there are plenty of options to choose from: visitors can opt for the restaurant and beer garden, a pizzeria, bistro, café, kiosks and crepe stand.



Photo: Marc Müller

Also interesting: Visiting Zoo Hellabrunn – our author accompanied the zoo director on a tour and learnt that animals are not the only focus in the zoo.


Due to the coronavirus, several events in Munich are postponed or cancelled. Please check the websites of the hosts and institutions to find out whether events are taking place or visits are possible. For more information about your stay in Munich please have a look here. The tourist information offices at Hauptbahnhof (central station) and at Marienplatz are closed until further notice.

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