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Desert House (Wüstenhaus) Tours

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Desert House (Wüstenhaus)
The Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna is widely regarded as one of the best in the world and is certainly the oldest and the most beautiful. Established in 1752 by the Habsburg Imperial Family, the zoo has a circular layout that spirals outwards from an elegant Baroque pavilion and a reputation for successful conservation and breeding of some of the world’s most endangered species, including Siberian tigers, rhinos and giant pandas. In 1904, a glass-and-steel hothouse was built in Art Nouveau style to protect the vast collection of rare tropical plants owned by Emperor Franz Joseph I; over a century later this hothouse has been renovated and transformed into a show-home for cacti and other water-retaining succulents from arid regions across the world. Desert animals and birds such as lizards and humming birds roam free in the Desert House (Wüstenhaus), and there are several enclosures containing snakes and bizarre desert mole rats, which resemble a cross between a tiny walrus and a hairless rabbit. Equally eccentric is the Welwitschia tree from the Namibian desert, which has long, droopy fronds and grows in an untidy heap along the ground; it can live for up to 1,500 years.

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Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse. Admission adults €4, children under 19 €2.50, aged under 6 free. Opening times are as follows: Jan–Apr, Oct–Dec daily 9am–5pm; May–Sept 9am–6pm. Metro U4 to Hietzing.
Address: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, Vienna, Austria
Hours: Jan–Apr, Oct–Dec daily 9am–5pm; May–Sept 9am–6pm
Admission: Adults €4, children under 19 €2.50, aged under 6 free
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Desert House (Wüstenhaus) hours of operation: Jan–Apr, Oct–Dec daily 9am–5pm; May–Sept 9am–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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