As the oldest Zoo in the world, the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna - part of the UNESCO World Heritage site - offers a wide range of activities for young and old. The area of more than 17 hectares is home to around 9,500 animals and more than 700 different animal species.
The giant pandas are just one of the many extraordinary animals that can be admired in the oldest animal park in the world. The black and white bamboo bears are among the endangered species and moved to the Schönbrunn Zoo on loan from the People's Republic of China in 2003.
The polar bear baby, who was born in the Schönbrunn Zoo in November 2019, can be admired since mid-February. Polar bear mama Nora gave her a birth with almost 500 g and was raised completely naturally in a litter cave for three months. Since February 14th, the baby with its proud 14 kilos has been visible to all visitors in Schönbrunn Zoo.
Polayr bear baby with mama Nora ©Karaca_VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS
The baby elephant Kibali, who was born in July 2019 at around 90 kg, can be seen with his mother Numbi in the elephant house or in the front outdoor area.
Other highlights in the Zoo include the bat grotto, where you can really feel the breeze of the bats flying past, and the Petting Zoo with dwarf goats to stroke.
Tip: Closing time of the Schönbrunn Zoo has been announced for around 250 years with the manually operated “Kaiserglöckerl”, which previously singed the arrival of the Emperor and the Archdukes. This unique piece from the imperial era is located at the end of the giraffe complex.
The public feeding is an absolute crowd-puller and attracts visitors of all ages every day. Based on the feeding and training times of the animals, the best way to create the schedule for a stay at the Zoo.
Feeding of the sea lions at the Schönbrunn Zoo Vienna ©Daniel Zupanc
10:00 Elephants (Training, no feeding session / daily)
10:30 Sea lions (daily)
11:00 Northern Rockhopper penguins (daily)
Arctic wolves (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays)
11:30 Peruvian penguins (daily)
13:00 Oriental Small-clawed otters (daily)
13:30 Northern Bald Ibis (daily)
Coatis (March – October / daily)
14:00 Siberian tigers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays)
14:30 Giant anteaters (daily)
15:00 Elephants (Training, no feeding session / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
Cheetahs (Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays)
15:30 Sea lions (daily)
16:00 Koalas (daily)
Sometimes for various reasons feeding cannot take place and your understanding is highly welcomed.
Flamingos at the Schönbrunn Zoo ©Karaca_VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS
The many cafés, beer gardens and ice cream parlours in the middle of the Schönbrunn Zoo are at your disposal to enjoy a pleasant break and a great number of delicacies. Whether it is vegetarian, Austrian or international menu - a large selection of dishes invites you to grant the moment in this unique location.
The Café Restaurant Pavillon ©Karaca_VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS
In the former breakfast pavilion of Emperor Franz I Stephan von Lorraine, the Café Restaurant Pavillon offers a plenty of Austrian dishes with an imperial flair.
Tip: Try the Schönbrunn imperial snack with melange and Kaiser torte for € 7.90.
Classic Austrian delicacies can also be relished from spring with a view of the lion enclosure and shaded by the surrounding chestnut trees, with beer garden flair in the middle of the oldest Zoo of the world.
A real children paradise is the Rhino Bar with its ice cream variations right next to the Rhino enclosure. There is delicious organic milk ice cream also. For refreshment on the way home, there is another Rhino Bar right at the exit of the Zoo.
Many themed playgrounds are spread across the Zoo and bring even more fun and variety with their climbing frames, slides and swings. This gives the little guests the opportunity to climb an elephant, crawl through a spider-net tunnel and climb the “salamander”.
On the horse-riding track, children can do their rounds on Haflinger or Shetland ponies and experience and even stroke dwarf goats in the Petting Zoo. Pumps, offering refreshment especially on hot days, can be moved on the water-playground with the help of hydropower.
If your feet need some rest, the panoramic train of the Zoo is recommended, which commutes between the Emperor's breakfast pavilion, the elephant house and the Tirolerhof.
The two shops offer a huge selection of soft toys for more than 2000 animals and natural items - from flamingos to sloths and pandas. This way, the little ones can safely take their favourite animal home and it is certainly easier to say goodbye to the residents of the Zoo Schönbrunn Vienna.
How much meat does a tiger eat every day? How do you actually scrub the back of a hippo? The Zoo adventure app is available in German and English. Bestselling author, Thomas Brezina, takes visitors behind the scenes with videos and photos. From the feeding of the crocodiles, to the pedicure of the elephants, to the work with poisonous snakes, exciting insider knowledge of the animal keeper is vividly passed on here.
When the last visitors leave the Zoo and dusk falls, the night tours in the Schönbrunn Zoo begin. With night vision devices you have the unique opportunity to observe nightly Zoo animals on a guided evening tour.
February: 7:00 p.m.
From 1st to 25th March: 8:00 p.m.
From 26th March to 20th May: 9:00 p.m.
From 21st May to 31st July: 10:00 p.m.
From 1st to 15th August: 9:30 p.m.
From 16th August to 20th September: 9:00 p.m.
From 21st September to 31st October: 8:00 p.m.
November-December: 7:00 p.m.
Night tour at the Schönbrunn Zoo ©Daniel Zupanc
Duration: 1, 5 hours daily
Price: 26 € per person
Number of visitors: max. 20 persons
Minimum age: 10 yrs
Having a guided backstage tour in the Polarium, in the Rainforest house or in the Aquarium & Terrarium House - it is always exciting behind the scenes! Walking through the Aquarium & Terrarium House, interesting details about the breeding of endangered species are told and you even have the opportunity to experience and stroke a bearded dragon or snake up close.
Start: upon agreement
Duration: 1,5 hours, daily
Prices: 145 € per tour in the Aquarium & Terrarium house, plus entrance ticket or annual pass
95 € per tour in the Polarium or Rainforest house, plus entrance ticket or annual pass
Number of visitors: max. 10 persons
Penguins at the schönbrunn Zoo Vienna ©Daniel Zupanc
January: from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February: from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March: from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
From April to September: from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
October (until the end of the summer season): from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
From November to December: from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please note: The last admission is half an hour before the end of the visit.
Adult: 20 EUR
Youth and Children (6-19 yrs): 10 EUR
Pensioners and disabled people (from ab 50%): 10 EUR
Children (0-6 Jahre): free of charge
Group discounts from 10 persons
Free Entry with Flexi PASS or Vienna PASS
Adult: 49 EUR
Youth and Children (6-19 yrs): 25 EUR
Enter the following address as the destination for navigation devices:
There is a limited number of car parking spaces on Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg, as well as disabled parking spaces. Access is via Elisabeth-Allee. The path from the parking lot to the "Tirolergarten" Zoo entrance and the historical part of the Zoo are very steep and therefore not suitable for wheelchair users.
Tip: The demand for parking spaces is very high, so it is advised to either come early, use Park & Ride facilities or, if possible, switch entirely to public transport.
Park & Ride facilities
U4: Station Hietzing
Tram: 10, 58, 60
Bus: 51A, 56A, 56B, 58A
Tickets can be booked on site or online in advance. In order to avoid longer waiting times, it is encouraged to buy your tickets in advance, especially on weekends and in high season.
Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien
Would you like to have a cozy dinner after a long visit to the Zoo? Or a Viennese melange and homemade cakes? Let you discover the numerous cafés and restaurants around the Palace of Schönbrunn.