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Hellabrunn Zoo – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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The Hellabrunn Zoo, founded in 1911, is the world’s first geo-zoo. Animal exhibits are organized per their geographic regions, providing a truly immersive experience.

One of the best zoological gardens in Europe, this sanctuary lets guests into a world where animals can roam freely within thoughtfully designed enclosures that mimic their natural surroundings. 

Beyond the conventional zoo experience, Hellabrunn offers an engrossing and instructive voyage across the various habitats of the animal kingdom, true to its geo-zoo concept.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Hellabrunn Zoo.

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What to expect at Hellabrunn Zoo

Hellabrunn Zoo is home to over 19,000 animals belonging to 750+ species from local European to exotic animals worldwide.

The zoo actively participates in international breeding programs to save endangered species, and you can learn more about it during your visit.

Admire a wide variety of animals, which includes uncommon species, such as silvery gibbons, spider monkeys, and drills, as well as well-known elephants, giraffes, and tigers. 

The highlights are the engrossing African Savannah, Elephant House, and Polarium. 

You get up close and personal with various intelligent animals at the zoo’s Primate World and Big Cat Enclosures. 

In addition, the zoo offers exciting piranha feedings and a chance to see bats in “Dracula’s Villa.”

The Children’s Zoo and Bavarian Farm offer family-friendly activities, and the zoo actively supports international conservation initiatives.

Ticket Cost
Skip-the-line Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich with Transfers €218
Hellabrunn Zoo Fast Track + Roundtrip Transfer from Munich €71 (group of 4)

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Where to book tickets

You can purchase the Hellabrunn Zoo tickets online or in person at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments. 

How do online tickets work

Go to the Zoo Hellabrunn ticket booking page, choose your desired date and number of tickets, and purchase them right away.

Once you purchase these skip-the-line tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

Printouts of the ticket are not required.

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the zoo and enter.

Hellabrunn Zoo ticket price

The ticket prices for Zoo Hellabrunn vary depending on the number of tickets you buy.

For one person, Hellabrunn tickets cost €211. You can also book tickets for groups of two, four, and six people, provided you buy a minimum number of tickets applicable to each group. 

Hellabrunn Zoo tickets

You can choose from the following tickets as you plan your visit to the Munich Zoo.

Skip-the-line Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich with Transfers

Skip-the-line Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich with Transfers
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While booking this skip-the-line ticket to the Munich Zoo, you can opt for the 8 am, 9 am, or 10 am slots. 

You can also choose the 4.5 or 5-hour tour based on your requirements. 

The 4.5-hour tour includes a fast-track ticket to the Munich Zoo, a one-way private car transfer, and a pick-up in Munich.

If you choose a 5-hour tour, you’ll receive skip-the-line access to the attraction and round-trip transportation. 

Enjoy convenience and pleasure with a clean, air-conditioned car and a private driver who speaks English and German.

Ticket Prices

4.5-hour Tour: €218
5-hour Tour: €320

Hellabrunn Zoo Fast Track + Roundtrip Transfer from Munich

Hellabrunn Zoo Fast Track + Roundtrip Transfer from Munich
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With this skip-the-line ticket, you can have a secure trip with a driver who speaks German and English, along with a live guide in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

Spend your time with animals and feel the forest-like ambiance, learning fun facts about over 750 species of animals, birds, and reptiles.

Food and drinks are not included in this ticket.

Ticket Prices

For One: €211
Group of Two: €117

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How to reach Hellabrunn Zoo

Munich Zoo is conveniently situated near the Thalkirchen neighborhood and the famous Isar River. 

Address: Tierparkstr. 30, 81543 München, Hamburg. Get Directions

You can reach the destination using public and private transportation.

By Train/Tram

The U3 subway line starts from Marienplatz to Thalkirchen (Tierpark). It is hardly a 3-minute walk from there to reach the Isar Entrance.

Tram line 25 to the Tiroler Platz stop; from there, it’s about a 15-minute walk to the Flamingo entrance.

S8 departs from Munich Airport and arrives at the Marienplatz terminal. Then U3 travels to Thalkirchen (Tierpark) from Marienplatz. From this point, it takes a 16-minute walk to reach the zoo.

By Bus

You can also take the metro Bus line 52, which starts from Marienplatz (Rindermarkt) to the last bus stop, Tierpark (Alemannenstraße). Then, it’s a 4-minute walk to the zoo.

By Car

If you’re traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started. 

There are enough parking garages around the attraction: 

Tierparkstraße near Isar-entrance and Siebenbrunner Straße near the flamingo-entrance are convenient locations for parking.

Opening hours of Zoo Hellabrunn

The Munich Zoo operates from 29 October to 22 March, from 9 am to 5 pm.

From 23 March till 28 October, the opening hours are 9 am to 6 pm.

On December 24 and 31st, the zoo closes early at 4 pm.

How long does the tour take

Most visitors take 4 to 5 hours to explore the Hellabrunn Zoo. 

It’s best to allow at least half a day to experience the zoo’s numerous animal displays and activities thoroughly.

In addition, if you are visiting with children, you might want to allocate more time.

Best time to visit Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich 

Best time to visit Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich
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The best time to visit the Hellabrunn Zoo is when it opens at 9 am.

There are four advantages of starting early – the animals are most active early in the morning, the temperatures are still moderate, the crowd is yet to get in, and you have the whole day to spend at the attraction.

As the day gets hotter, animals prefer staying inside their shelters. As a result, you may get disappointed when you don’t see them in the exhibit.

Weekdays are better for a peaceful visit because the zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.

The zoo is most crowded on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm.

If you are on a short holiday in Munich, starting early also allows you to add another attraction to the day’s itinerary.

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Hellabrunn Zoo is a highly-rated attraction.

Check out two zoo reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction.

Family-friendly zoo

I recently visited the zoo with my family, and it exceeded our expectations! The facilities for kids were outstanding, offering engaging and educational activities. The well-maintained exhibits provided a fantastic learning experience while keeping the little ones entertained. Highly recommended for a fun and educational day out!

GiulianoC83, Tripadvisor

Great zoo for spending a day with family

Wide variety of animals, many cohabitating in shared large shared enclosures. The zoo is set in a forested park area with lots of shade, which was appreciated on a sunny summer day. There is a decent aquarium on site, too. Lots of quality food options, much better quality and value than US zoos. Great option for families with kids.

ilBuckeye, Tripadvisor

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FAQs about the Munich Zoo

The following are some commonly asked questions about the Zoo Hellabrunn.

Does the trip cost to the zoo include parking and tolls on the road?

Yes, the Hellabrunn Zoo ticket includes all parking fees and road tolls. The cost of the trip won’t go up due to traffic congestion or other delays.

Are car seats available for children when we buy tickets with transfers to the zoo?

All cars have child seats available when you buy this ticket to the zoo Hellabrunn. Please specify on the checkout page how many children will require child seats.

How are private transportation arrangements made for various group sizes to the Zoo Hellabrunn?

For four to six persons, private transfers to the Zoo Hellabrunn are scheduled in a normal automobile (sedan); for groups of five or more, they are scheduled in a large van. If you would rather have a more roomy vehicle but are going in a smaller group, it is advised that you reserve a tour for five persons to benefit from the van transportation.

Is a visit to the Munich Zoo beneficial for the school kids?

The Hellabrunn Zoo provides visitors of all ages with interesting and educational experiences through its programs, guided tours, and animal feedings. It’s highly recommended for school-going kids. 

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