Founded on July 31st, 1752, the Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn Palace was originally reserved only for Habsburg family members. Later on, this exotic animal menagerie opened its doors to the public, granted they were “dressed properly”.
Today, the longest standing zoo to date is one of the highest ranking and most modern in the world. In 2009 and 2010, it was voted Europe’s best zoo. More than 500 animal species live on Schönbrunn’s grounds: Siberian tigers, hippos, one-horned rhinoceroses, and pandas, just to name a few. Experience the tropical wildlife, foliage, and thunderstorms that simulate a real Southeast Asian rainforest in the Rainforest House. The South American section is landscaped just like the continent’s pampas, with anteaters and capybaras roaming and enjoying their habitat. In the ORANG.erie, learn about this endangered species and watch fun-loving orangutans swing and play.
Choose from a variety of tours and packages that suit your interests in the zoo’s animal exhibits. Early risers can enjoy the exclusive “Celebration Package” which invites guests in before the gates to the zoo have even opened! Scope out the morning feeding, look behind the scenes of the rainforest or aquarium house, and treat yourself to an “imperial” breakfast and a basket full of souvenirs. Late risers are welcome to visit after dark to join the “Night Vision Tour”, which leads guests through the zoo with infrared binoculars to observe exotic nocturnal animal activity.