Region Wild boars, deer, sheep, donkeys and kangaroos can all be found in wildlife and animal parks in Bonn and the region. Here’s a look at some of the places where you can go and visit the animals.
Animals touch the heart of nearly everyone. Both children and adults enjoy visiting a zoo or wildlife park. And there is a big choice of animal and wildlife parks in the region which are all worth a visit. Here’s a GA list for you.
Wild boar, red deer and fallow deer live in the Bonn Stadtwald (city forest) in an enclosed area called the Waldau. Visitors are not only allowed to observe the animals, but also feed them. There are animal feed vending machines around the enclosure. An outing to the Waldau on the Bonn Venusberg has other benefits as well: One can take beautiful walks through a diverse forest. A 250-year-old gnarled beechwood tree gives the forest a particularly mystical appearance. There is also a forest nature trail that brings children closer to nature.
Where? An der Waldau 50, 53127 Bonn
Opening hours: daily from 10 am - 8 pm
The Cologne Zoo is the third oldest animal park in Germany. On about 20 hectares, there are more than 700 species from all continents and oceans. The zoo's rainforest is modeled on a Southeast Asian tropical forest and covers a space of 2,000 square meters. There are free-flying birds, fruit bats, reptiles and tropical plants. Another highlight is the elephant park, where the gigantic animals live in their natural social habitat.
Where? Riehler Straße, 50735 Cologne
Opening hours: 1st of March to 31st of October from 9 am to 6 pm, 6th of November to 28th of February from 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: 19,50 euros (adults), 9 euros (children)
Forest and Wildlife Park Rolandseck
Various native, large wild animal species such as the mouflon, fallow deer or wild boar live in the forest and wildlife park Rolandseck. Scottish highland cattle, donkeys, goats, ponies and rabbits can also be found here. Covering an area of 350,000 square meters, the park houses outdoor enclosures and aviaries with native wildlife and domestic animals. For the little ones there is also a forest playground with climbing trees and a trampoline.
Where? Am Kasselbach 4, 53424 Remagen-Rolandseck
Opening hours: 15th March to 15th November, Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: 4 euros (adults), 3 euros (children), 3.50 euros (all students)
Animal Park, Sea Life, Reptile Zoo and Wildlife Park
Lindenthaler Animal Park
Children and adults have the opportunity to observe animals from close up in the Lindenthaler Animal Park in Cologne. There are deer, goats, highland cattle, sheep, turkeys, peacocks, waterfowl and various species of chicken. In total, more than 250 animals live in the animal park. Visitors are also allowed to feed them with animal feed that can be bought in the park.
Where? Kitschburger Straße, 50935 Cologne (Lindenthal)
Opening hours: From May to August, Monday to Saturday 8 am - 8 pm, Sunday 9 am - 8 pm
Sea Life Königswinter
Watching fish, discovering new animals and petting the starfish: more than 2,000 animals await visitors in 36 different aquariums at Sea Life in Königwinter. Included here are tiny animals such as anemones and large species as well. Whether at the daily feeding, in the contact basin and in the aquarium tunnel, visitors young and old will get to know the underwater world better.
Where? Rheinallee 8, 53639 Königswinter
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: 14,95 euros
Reptile Zoo in the Niebelungen Hall
At the Drachenfels, the Niebelungen Hall gives an interesting insight into the world of reptiles. Snakes, turtles and crocodiles can be admired here. 100 reptiles, birds and insects from North and South America, Australia, India, Indonesia, Africa, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are at home in this reptile zoo.
Where? Drachenfelsstraße 107, 53639 Königswinter
Opening hours: 15th March to 1st November daily from 10 am to 6pm, 2nd November to 14th March weekends, Sundays and public holidays from 11 am to 4 pm
Admission: 5 euros (adults), 3 euros (children), 4 euros (students)
Game Reserve Brück
On the edge of the Cologne Königforest is the game reserve Brück. Visitors can admire and feed deer and wild boars. At vending machines there is the right food for the wild animals, which can be bought for one euro. Tables and benches are set up in front of the wild boar enclosure so families and groups can enjoy a leisurely picnic with the animals in their midst. The park also offers outlooks for game viewing and a forest nature trail.
Where? take the A4, exit 18 to Brück, or take public transport to the stop “Brück Mauspfad”
Opening hours: all year round
Internet: mehr zum Wildgehege Brück gibt es hier.
Petting Zoo, Forest and Wildlife Park and Hochwildlife
Rolf’s Petting Zoo Cologne
At Rolf's Petting Zoo Cologne, families have the opportunity to pet, feed and watch the animals. Ducks, donkeys, chickens, kangaroos, llamas, rheas, ponies, sheep, pigs, goats - the list of animals that live in the petting zoo is long. The zoo has made it a practice of taking in old, rejected or abandoned animals and to provide for them until the end of their lives.
Where? Tulpenweg 25-27, 51143 Cologne-Zündorf
Opening hours: 1st March to 31st October, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, 1st November to 28th February, Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Dünnwalder Forest and Wildlife Park
The Dünnwalder Forest and Wildlife Park is home to various wildlife species such as wild boar, mouflon or bison, and spreads out over 20 hectares. From a two-story, roofed observation deck, one has a particularly good view of the terrain. A stream at the game park invites children to splash around when it’s warm outside. In addition, there is information about unusual tree species on the nature trail. The park has a playground and a viewing garden with many rare trees, shrubs and plants.
Where? Dünnwalder Mauspfad 230, 51069 Cologne
Opening hours: all year round
Hochwildlife Park Rheinland
The Hochwildlife Park Rheinland is located in the Eifel. It is home to over 300 animals on an area of80 hectares. You can now explore the park via an App that you can download for free on your smartphone. But the zookeeper also leads visitors through the wildlife park. Besides the animals there are many other attractions: An adventure playground with a scooter track, picnic areas and a barbecue area all welcome visitors to come and spend some time there.
Where? Becherhofer Weg 71, 53894 Mechernich-Kommern
Opening hours: March to October daily from 9 am to 6 pm, November to February every Wednesday, weekends, holidays and public holidays from 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: 7 euros (adults), 6 euros (all students), 4 euros (children)