From a fairy-tale palace towering over the Rhine River to one of Germany’s oldest forts, there are a number of impressive medieval castles to explore outside Frankfurt and they each make for a great day trip destination. Here are a few of the best.
Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt)
Open daily 9am - 7pm Apr - Oct; 9am - 5pm Nov - Mar
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, Frankfurt, 60316
One of Germany’s oldest and most-visited zoos, the Frankfurt Zoo is a family-friendly highlight that has welcomed visitors for over 160 years. Home to thousands of animals located across dozens of individual habitat areas, the facility makes it easy to discover more about the characteristics and habitats of the resident species. Playground and picnicking facilities help make the zoo a popular destination for visitors of all ages.
The Frankfurt Zoo is easy to tour independently. Rates are discounted for bearers of the Frankfurt Pass.
Things to know before you go
- The Frankfurt Zoo is fully accessible to wheelchair users; wheelchairs are available to rent, and disabled visitors are entitled to a 50 percent reduction on the entry fee.
- Family tickets include discounted admission, while children under 5 can visit for free.
- You can rent a stroller for a small fee.
- There are multiple dining options available on-site, including a snack car, ice-cream stand, grilling cart, Mexican eatery, and more.
- The on-site Zoo Shop offers a wide range of souvenirs and themed merchandise.
How to get there
The Frankfurt Zoo can be reached by U-Bahn (take lines U6 or U7 to Zoo station) and by tram (take line 14 to Zoo station). Given its convenient location, it’s also easily accessible by car, by bike, and on foot.
When to get there
The Frankfurt Zoo is open daily, with slightly reduced hours in the winter months. The last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing time. As many of the displays are outdoors, it’s best to visit on warm-weather days (though note that it will also be more crowded at such times).
A wide range of zoo events are hosted throughout the year, from after-dark tours and lecture series to temporary exhibitions and conservation-themed activities. Animal feeding times are also held throughout the day and offer a chance to see zoo residents’ active side. It’s advised to research its events calendar in advance of your visit.
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