The Frankfurt Zoo, with its convenient downtown location and manageable size (it doesn't take you days to walk through, but there is still a lot to see) is a favorite spot not only for children but also for a nice walk.
The Frankfurt Zoo opened its gates in 1858, making it the second oldest zoo in Germany, after Berlin. In WWII, the zoo was almost fully demolished by allied bombs, killing most of the animals. It was the famous former director of the Frankfurt Zoo, Bernhard Grzymek, who rebuilt the zoo in the 50s.
Some buildings seem to still stand there from the 50s (the penguins, for example, urgently need a new home, which is already being planned), but other areas have been extensively renovated over the past decade. The monkeys no longer have to exist in bare, tiled boxes, but now have a gorgeous large jungle house, providing them lots of space to roughhouse, brachiate and entertain the audience. And after a longer construction phase, the new bear compound now welcomes visitors, right after the entrance.
The Zoo also comprises the Zoo Gesellschaftshaus, which can be rented for larger events, and several gastronomic offers.
Info-Hotline: +49 (0)69 212 33735
|Admission||€10 (reduced €5)|
|Getting there||U6/U7, tram line 14 to Zoo|