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Europe's only combined zoological and botanical garden, the Wilhelma Zoo never fails to leave a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of all who explore it. Initially built as a Moorish garden for King Wilhelm I in the 19th century, the beautiful botanical garden is extraordinary all year round. Countless exotic plants, a range of climatic biospheres in magnificent greenhouses, a petting zoo, insect exhibit, aquarium with crocodile hall, modern ape house, bear facilities, walk-in bird flight facility and wild animal enclosures are some of the exhilarating sights to be enjoyed. The Wilhelma Zoo is home to about 8,000 animals, including polar bears and elephants, and 5,000 different species of plants. The gardens are also interspersed with lovely historic buildings. Ideal for children and adults, there are a host of ice cream stands, cafeterias and playgrounds to keep the whole family entertained for the entire day. The covered walkways make it possible to visit even when the weather is bad.
Address: Neckartalstrasse Road
Transport: Stadtbahn/Metropolitan Railway, route U 14: Wilhelma Station
Opening times: See website for opening hours each month
Admission: €16 for adults; €8 for children aged 6 to 17; other concessions available