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 her confines. 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 Wilhema Zoo is home to 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
Telephone: 711 54020
Transport: Metropolitan railway route U14 to Wilhelma Station or bus number 52, 55 or 56 to Rosensteinpark.
Opening times: Daily 8.15am to 4pm or 6pm, depending on the season.
Admission: €12 (adults), €6 (children, students); between November and February €8 (adults), €4 (children, students). Family tickets and concessions available.