Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna: tickets, vacations with children, how to get there

Zoo at Schönbrunn

The Vienna Zoo is not only the most beautiful but also the oldest zoo in the world. A visit to this zoo is a must. It is a hike of great joy for adults and children alike!

Tiergarten Schönbrunn was founded by Emperor Franz Stephan, who was deeply interested in the natural sciences. The project was created by the court architect Nicolas Jadot in 1751. Initially the menagerie consisted of thirteen aviaries arranged radially around a central pavilion.

The individual aviaries, each with its own pool, were separated from each other by blank walls and from the central pavilion by bars. At the back of each aviary there were little houses in which the animals slept. In addition there was a pond for waterfowl. The central one-story pavilion, where the imperial couple sometimes had breakfast, forms the visual accent of the great diagonal axis connecting its center and the aviaries.

How do I get to Schönbrunn Zoo?

  • Take the U4 subway to Hietzing station
  • Streetcar 10, 58, 60
  • By bus 15A, 51A, 56B, 156B.

Opening hours at Vienna Zoo

January 9:00-16:30
February 9:00-17:00
March 9:00-17:30
April 9:00-18:30
May 9:00-18:30
June 9:00-18:30
July 9:00-18:30
August 9:00-18:30
September 9:00-18:30
October (till the end of summer time) 9:00-17:30
November 9:00-16:30
December 9:00-16:30

Desert Pavilion Hours

January-April 9:00-17:00
May-September 9:00-18:00
October-December 9:00-17:00

How much is a ticket to Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn?

  • Adult ticket €22
  • For children up to 6 years old – free of charge
  • Children from 6 to 19 years old – €11
  • Seniors and disabled persons – €11
  • Family ticket: 2 adults and 3 children – €65
  • Day-ticket for the steam train around Schönbrunn: €9 and for children €5.

How to save money?

If you have the Vienna Card you will receive a discount.

A combination ticket saves you money as well. Click here for combined ticket types and prices.

Map of the Zoo

Map of the Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn

Map of Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn

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Feeding times

Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)

10:00 African Elephants – Training (no feeding / feeding time)

10:30 Southern sea lions (feeding)

11:00 Crested Penguins and Emperor Penguins (feeding) Arctic Wolves (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday)

11:30 Humboldt Penguin

13:00 Rainforest Pavilion – eastern tawny otters (daily)

13:30 Forest ibis (daily) Rhinos – March to October (daily)

14:00 Siberian Tigers (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday)

14:30 Giant Anteaters (daily)

15:00 African Elephants – training (no feeding/Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Cheetahs (Monday, Wednesday, Sunday)

15:30 Southern sea lions (daily)

16:00 Koalas (daily)

Little Facts

Pavilion

The zoological gardens opened to the general public in 1779 and implied free admission. Joseph II, Franz Stephan’s successor, continued the upkeep of the zoo and even sent expeditions to replenish it. However, ignorance of the conditions in which the animals were kept, as well as a lack of proper nutrition, led to their constant death.

Polar bear family

Polar bear family

At the end of the 19th century, the Schönbrunn menagerie was modified from a baroque style into a modern zoo. In 1880 the walls between the enclosures were demolished and replaced by grilles. In 1914 the zoo had a total of 3,470 animals. Today there are considerably fewer of them, but the living conditions and technical equipment at Schönbrunn Zoo correspond to our time.

The complete elephant family

The elephant family reunited.

The Zoo inhabitant

A beautiful couple.

You and I are of the same blood.

We are of the same blood…

Monkeys in fur coats

Monkeys with fur coats

Schönbrunn Zoo is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world and has over 500 animal species living in aviaries where the conditions are as close to natural as possible. The big hits of the zoo are the large South American animal pavilion, the huge tropical pavilion and the new home of the Vienna Orangutan. Among the innovations: a nature trail of adventures was opened and the new Franz Josef Land pavilion for polar bears was arranged.

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Vienna Zoo

The old and best existing Zoo in Europe – Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna.

The Vienna Zoo has a rich history. It began in 1752 with a “pet project”. Emperor Francis I. commanded the creation of a bizarre menagerie of exotic animals. From the beginning, they lived in the wooded part of the garden behind the palace. In the last few decades, the oldest zoo in the world has undergone major improvements. It is now one of the best in Europe. As you walk through the woods, you will see that the animals are given large spaces.

The Vienna Zoo occupies part of the grounds of Schoenbrunn Palace on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.

How to get to the zoo

If your children are still young, they are unlikely to be able to climb the steep hill of Schoenbrunn without problems. In this case, the panoramic train is a lifesaver (provided you visit the zoo between March and October). The electric train starts from the palace and takes only 20 minutes to reach your destination. Along the way you pass the Imperial Museum of Wagons and Vehicles (Wagenburg) and the Hitzing Gate. Further stops along the route include Schoenbrunn’s original Tyrolean House, the Gloriette Pavilion, the Obelisk and Schoenbrunn’s public pool (perfect for hot summer days).

How to get in

After touring the palace, head to the garden and then head to the right. If you only want to visit the Vienna Zoo, take the subway U4 (Hitzing) and then take bus 58A to Tirolergasse.

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What’s interesting at the zoo

The most popular animal species are the Chinese pandas, especially the cute twins Fu Feng and Fu Ban. Because the zoo greatly excels at breeding, most of its inhabitants are not much older (by animal standards) than humans, which only adds to the joy of visiting. All in all, you can see a wide variety of major fauna, from colorful tropical frogs, desert spiders, Indian elephants, tigers, and furry koalas to polar bears, seals, and penguins. This is only a small part of Vienna Zoo’s extensive collection of animals.

Every 30 minutes between 10:00 and 16:00 you can observe the feeding of certain species. Visitors especially like orangutans and koalas.

Interesting fact! In 1906 a sensational event happened: the zoo became the first place in the world where one could see the birth of an African elephant conceived in captivity.

Children, especially those who love to pet animals, will be especially happy with the miniature goats. They can be found near the playground.

There are two establishments on the grounds of Vienna Zoo – the Tirolgarten Tavern and the Kaiserpavilion. Both have a rich history. At the beginning of the 19th century, Archduke Johann had a log cabin built here in the Tyrolean style. There he kept cattle and ran a small farm. Today’s Tyrolgarten (Tyrolean house) dates from 1994. It was rebuilt using parts of the original eighteenth-century building. The Tyrolgarten Tavern looks very cozy inside and also has a lovely shady garden to spend time in the warmer months. On the other hand, the 300-year-old Kaiserpavilion, which is in the center of the zoo, reflects the imperial glamour of Schoenbrunn, displaying murals, chandeliers, and a domed roof.

Interesting fact! The Vienna Zoo is the oldest zoo in existence. It was recognized as the best in Europe four times. Not for nothing is it so popular with millions of visitors.

Tavern and pavilion – unique buildings, which is worth a look, but the food here (according to tourists) is not too tasty. As an alternative, you can visit the Jausenstation Landtmann (not open from November to March) and the Gloriette café. To get to Jausenstation Landtmann you have to take the panoramic train (stop Meidlinger Tor).

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Highlights of the Vienna Zoo:

Tropical House.

The Tropical Rainforest House is a huge glass house that was opened to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Vienna Zoo. A variety of animals and birds from otters to Asian bluebirds, tiger pythons, tigers and snakes live here. There is even a bat cave for the more adventurous. There they can learn about the lifestyle of these nocturnal mammals.

ORANG Pavilion.

At Vienna Zoo, you can get a good look at the fidgety orangutans. Visitors enjoy watching them jump from branch to branch up to 11 meters in height as they enjoy an almost natural habitat. The place also offers lunch at a cafe with a view of those same jumpers!

Nature Trail

The Nature Trail is a must-visit spot. Let yourself explore the lush vegetation of Schoenbrunn Palace. The trail will take you through majestic trees, and after climbing 10 meters, you can see ponds full of trout, carp, and pike. You can also spot woodpeckers and visit the terrarium, which is home to salamanders, common vipers and even some of Austria’s most venomous snakes!

Desert House

Emperor Franz Joseph had this botanical “warm house” built, and not just for fun, but to contain the plant specimens he brought from South Africa and Australia. The architecture of the Desert House (dated 1904) is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style. Inside, it is divided into different warm areas, such as Madagascar and the deserts of the Old and New Worlds.

What else to see:

  • Polar World
  • Pet Park
  • House of Monkeys
  • Elephant House
  • Big Cat House
  • Rhino House

Zoo Tickets

You can get a ticket in many different ways. As a rule, the best value for money for travelers can be found in a combination ticket.

If you plan to explore Vienna’s many historical sites, purchase the Vienna Flexi Pass, which covers not only Schoenbrunn Zoo, but also 30 other key attractions. To see even more different places with the hop on hop off buses, check out the Vienna Pass city map.

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If you only plan to visit the Vienna Zoo, then you can purchase single tickets.

Cost per person:

  • Adults – 18.5 EUR
  • Children and adolescents – 9 EUR
  • Disabled – 9 EUR
  • Children up to 6 years old – free of charge

Please note that children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Opening hours

  • April – September: 9:00 till 18:30;
  • October: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m;
  • November – January: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m;
  • February: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m;
  • March: 9:00 to 17:30

Useful information

Animals are best visited when they are being fed. Below you can find the feeding times of the different species:

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