The Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna is a free zoo and very large recreation area. It scores with its diverse leisure and nature offer. Be inspired by the numerous, family-friendly destinations of this nature reserve! The Lainzer Tiergarten has several entrance gates. They can be reached by public transport as follows:
Lainzer Tor: bus line 55A – terminus Lainzer Tor
Nikolaitor: bus line 50A (direction Auhof) – station Bergmillergasse (walk to Nikolaitor for about 15 minutes)
The zoo was a former hunting ground of the imperial family. It is one of the oldest animal parks in Europe. It owes its current size and popularity mainly to Emperor Josef II. From 1782 to 1787, he ordered the construction of the 22-kilometer-long wall around the area. In 1886, the construction of the Hermesvilla under Emperor Franz-Joseph finished. People call the villa “castle of dreams”. Franz-Joseph inteded it as a gift for his wife Empress Sisi. In 1919, the Tiergarten opened to the public. Initially it only opened on weekends. Today, it is open every day, delighting visitors in all seasons with a walk in the fresh air with the sight of wild animals. Today, it attracts 500,000 visitors every year.
What animals are there to see in Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna?
The forests and paths of the Tiergarten offer their visitors a wide field of animal inhabitants. Here you can see fallow deer, moufflons and aurochs. In addition, there are more than 13 species of bats, wild boars and deer. You can also see various, sometimes rare insects.
What else is there to do?
Apart from the free zoo make sure to check out the forest trails. They make up a vast network of paths, rest stops and various viewpoints. Have a picknick at one of the campsites. If you are with childrend, you can take them to one of the six forest playgrounds.
For more information, please visit their website (in German).
Vienna is home to many more free sights!