Have you been the wonderful Nuremberg Zoo? We have, and we had a great time! From free-range monkeys to curious penguins to free parking, this post will give you the run-down on what to expect on your own family’s trip to the Nuremberg Zoo.
Parking at the Zoo
First things first: Transportation. You can take public transit to the zoo, but we chose to drive. I’m glad we did, too, because there was plenty of free parking on Schmausenbuck Strasse, immediately outside the entrance gates of the zoo.
There was a street sign pointing to the “Grossparkplatz,” or “big parking lot,” so I get the impression that parking just isn’t a problem. For public transit, you’d need to take the Deutchebahn to a transfer point where you’d take a city bus or a trolley to the Zoo. For us, driving was the right answer.
Admission Was Surprisingly Pricey
I’m a Missouri girl, so I compare all Zoo experiences to the magnificent St. Louis Zoo. Back home, zoo admisssion is free, but you pay for things like the train, special exhibits, or animal shows. In Nuremberg, admission definitely not free.
Family ticket (2 adults & your own children) – €31,50
Single family ticket (1 adult & your own children) – €18
Adult – €13,50
Child (4-13) – €6,50
Find a full list of admission fees, including student rates, public transit discounts, and group tickets here.
Animals & Exhibits
Once we were inside the zoo, we had a great time. The first animal habitat we can across was primate, and it was too cool! The monkeys got to roam free-range right above our heads! It was like a spider monkey highwire act: the monkeys crossed back and forth on a rope right above our heads from their enclosed habitat to a wooded area on the opposite side of the walkways. We even saw momma monkeys carrying baby monkeys across the rope on their backs. It was really, really neat.
The Nuremberg Zoo has a pretty wide variety of animals. You can see a full A-Z list of them on the zoo’s website, but here are some that I distinctly remember:
Bison, zebra, ostriches, giraffes, lots of monkeys (in addition to the spider monkeys, above), lions and tigers, linkx, leopards, kangaroos, alpacas, donkeys, baboons, shetland ponies, camels, flamingos, ducks, and a gazillion other birds.
Reptiles, Snakes, Penguins, and More!
The Nuremberg zoo has reptiles, snakes, arachnids, and noctural mammels (like bats), too.
There’s even an Aqua park where the zoo houses otters, penguins, sea lions, and polar bears! Perhaps it had something to do with the 90-degree weather on the day of our visit, but the polar bears never came out to play. I was so bummed! I kind of have a thing about having my picture taken with polar bears.
My consolation prize was this cute and curious penguin, who struck a pose with Small Shaw:
Picnics, Biergartens, and a Children’s Zoo
The zoo had plenty of picnic tables, benches, Biergartens, and snack stands, so you could easily pack your own picnic food or buy food and drink from vendors. We did a combination of both: we brought fresh fruit, drinks, and snacks of our own, and bought sandwiches for lunch.
One of the nicest things about the zoo was that it was for all ages. There was a children’s zoo that catered to younger kids with animals like ponies and bunnies, and just opposite it was a huge playground area where older kids could burn off steam.
Opening Hours & Feeding Times
The Nuremberg Zoo is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The animal houses are locked at 6:45 p.m., and the last entry is allowed at 6:30 p.m.
Have you been to the Nuremberg Zoo? What did you think?
Getting to the Nuremberg Zoo
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