Hagenbeck Tierpark

A couple of weeks ago, M had to take a trip to Hamburg for work. He was going to have to drive a transporter pulling a trailer in order to pick up the item he needed. He thought it would be a great idea for us all to go despite the 7 hour road trip with a 15 month old. We decided to take the chance as we were excited at the possibility of taking Monster to the Hagenbeck Tierpark.

Hagnebeck Tierpark is a zoo in Stellingen, now a quarter in Hamburg, Germany. The collection began in 1863 with animals that belonged to Carl Hagenbeck Sr. (1810–87), a fishmonger who became an amateur animal collector. The park itself was founded by Carl Hagenbeck Jr. in 1907. It is known for being the first zoo to use open enclosures surrounded by moats, rather than barred cages, to better approximate animals’ natural environments. - Wikipedia

We didn’t know really what to expect by the park, only knowing we read online, that there was both the animal park and an aquarium. We left early, but the trip took longer than expected and after picking up the equipment and checking in to the hotel, we rushed to the park worried it was already closed. Luckily we arrived at 5pm and the park stays open until 7pm. The woman behind the desk explained the options: only the animal park (20 euro), only the aquarium (14 euro) or both (30 euro). Children under 4 are free so we would just be paying the adult ticket price for each of us. We chose both but she then explained it could take 4 hours just to get through the entire animal park and around 3 hours for the aquarium; basically we should pick one. We chose the animal park and were not disappointed! The animals are in such an open environment and some even roam the park on their own! The collection is amazing and my only regret is not having enough time.

In addition to the animals, the park had little cafes, wine/beer stations, candy shops, gifts shops and huge playgrounds for the kids with large and fun equipment. (I meant to get a picture!) You could spend the entire day there, especially if you have older children.  The ticket prices for children ages 4-16 are slightly less than the adult prices and they also have family group prices.

Elefanten EntranceHagenbeck Elephant imageCamels

Not sure you can see it, but she is feeding a baby deer behind the bench.

Not sure you can see it, but she is feeding a baby deer behind the bench.


I love this picture! I was trying to get the little baby, but instead I got all their backs facing me! Cute!

I love this picture! I was trying to get the little baby, but instead I got all their backs facing me! Cute!


I ended with my personal favorite picture, of course. :-) I hope you enjoyed the “mini” tour of this amazing animal park in Hamburg, Germany.

*This post was also featured as part of Travel Germany on the Young Germany website.

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26 Responses to Hagenbeck Tierpark

  1. Wildlife pictures are always fascinating and nice to look at — thanks for sharing them.

  2. bevchen says:

    It looks fabulous! Aww, giant tortoises. I love them! :-D

  3. Fun! I I love the lady feeding the deer, that is too cute!

  4. What a cool place to visit! Those tortoises are incredible-so massive! And I love that photo of the monkeys with their backs to you :)

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  6. Ace says:

    What an awesome looking park! And you caught such cute pictures!

    I don’t know how long it is to get to Cologne, but there’s a great zoo there that might be a good option in the future, too. =)

  7. Gypsy says:

    What a beautiful zoo. How did your littlest man like it? We used to have a zoo here in Doha, but it was in a poor state, and they shut it down last year …. I think they’re planning on re-opening next year with upgraded facilities. I hope so, because it’s so nice for the kids. Your pictures are great!

  8. jbebout says:

    Nice pictures! I love going to the Zoo. I have been a couple times since moving here already. My wife was telling me about this Zoo somewhere in Germany that you drive through with your car, like a safari park or serengeti adventure. I think it is more towards the South. That would be cool!

    • Thanks! Oh really??? I’ve never heard of it. I’ll have to ask my husband and see if he knows!

      • jbebout says:

        Yeah, I googled it and it popped up a couple of places but I will have to find out which one she was specifically talking about. I mean, we don’t have a car at the moment but whenever we eventually do get one, that would be something I would like to do. She said the animals come right up to your car like they would in a safari trip to Africa. She went there with her parents when she was younger. That would be exciting!

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  10. Oh love going to the zoo! I love the monkeys. Thank you for linking up with me for Travel Tuesdays!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose an expat lifestyle blog

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