CONTRIBUTED BY SARA
The Tiergarten Nürnberg (Nuremburg Zoo) is a great way to spend day. It’s not a huge zoo, but there is plenty to see, and there are feedings and shows throughout the day. You can find a daily show schedule, a calendar of events, and list of all the animals at the zoo on the Tiergarten Nurnberg website. The shows are in German, so bring a bilingual friend if you can!
The dolphin show and the seal & sea lion feeding (it’s also a show) are very popular and great for everyone. The lion & tiger feeding is also amazing to see, but be warned that sometimes the felines can be very vocal and seem scary to little ones!
We got a real treat on our last visit, a show featuring the new baby dolphin “Nami”, born October 31, 2014. It is very unusual for dolphins born in captivity to survive, and you can tell how much of an impression she has made by the star treatment she receives! A polar bear cub was also born this winter, so stay tuned to the zoo’s webpage to find out when she will make her public debut.
One of the highlights for children is the amazing playground, and I had as much fun there as the kids! So much fun in fact, I didn’t get a photo in the summer while it was buzzing with activity. In the summer there is a water-play stream, so bring a swimsuit and a change of clothes for the kiddos! My personal favorite are the trampolines. And you will not believe the size of the jungle gym and slides. To prove it, I made sure to get a photo on our last visit while it was a little deserted and with a little snow. There are farm animals near the play area and there’s a large pen for petting and feeding goats, which is also very popular.
We have now visited the zoo in both summer and winter, and each time we visit we learn more about the animals and see something we didn’t before. It is definitely less crowded in the winter, so don’t let the cold keep you away. There are indoor exhibits where you can warm up, including a gorilla house with some small tropical aquariums, a feline house, and a rainforest and manatee house. The animals seem to go about their usual ways whether indoors or out in the cold. My son’s favorites were the meerkats keeping warm under the heat lamps!
Tips for your trip:
Am Tiergarten 30, 90480 Nürnberg
It’s also easy to get there via train & streetcar. From the train station in Nuremburg, exit the station and take streetcar 5 – the last stop on the route is the Tiergarten.
Check the zoo website as hours vary by season and weekday or weekend.
Winter hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays, 9am-5:30 on weekends
There’s more than one way to get discounted tickets, so read all the way through!
Child (4-13 years old): €6.50
Single family (1 adult + own children): €18.00
Family (2 adults + own children): €31.50
For groups of 15 or more people, adults are €11.50 and children are €4.80 with any combination of adults and kids. Bring some friends!
Getting there from Grafenwoehr/Vilseck:
The drive to the Tiergarten is the same as getting to Nuremburg on the A3, following signs to exit before you enter the city. There is a lot of parking available, but it can get crowded in the summer.