Dresden zoo is definitely worth a visit, even if it is not as well-known as the Zoo in Nuremberg with its dolphinarium. Dresden Zoo has a particularly interesting large monkey pavilion. Dresden Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in Germany, and was founded in 1861.
The Zoo was founded shortly after the success of a show in 1855. The exhibition area was donated by the Saxon king Johann to after the completion of the show, to the “Committee for the establishment of the zoo” and was subsequently enlarged to include new local and exotic animals. The zoo covers an area of 13 hectares and contains about 2,000 animals of 300 kinds.
Points of interest
Dresden Zoo became famous by being the first to breed an orangutan in captivity. Another attraction is a special section “underground” where you can see the life of moles, ants and other classic underground creatures in their natural habitat.
Be sure to visit the elephants and predatory African game.
Transport to the ZOO
If you travel by car, you can park right outside the entrance to the ZOO, where there is a large parking lot. The price for parking is 3€ per day. You can travel by train. From the railway station to the Zoo takes about 20 minutes by foot. If you go by tram, use to the zoo lines 9, 11 and 13.
Opening hours and admission
Zoo is open every day from 8:30 and closing time depends on the season but is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 12€ for adults and 4€ for children (3-16 years). A family ticket for 30€ is good value.
If you have children, you will appreciate that the Zoo contains several playgrounds and other children’s attractions. You can also borrow a cart. The whole Zoo is almost flat, so it is not physically strenuous