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Hagenbeck Zoo

The world’s first cageless zoo features animals, an aquarium and a leisure park with hiking trails. See birds fly freely and penguins in their natural habitat.

The Hagenbeck Zoo began in the mid-1800s with just a few animals owned by a local fishmonger; it once exhibited human beings. Now it’s a modern zoo with a fascinating history that forms part of Hamburg’s identity and is known worldwide for its pioneering zoo concept. As well as a zoo, it features a leisure park and large aquarium set in more than 60 acres (25 hectares) of countryside. 

In the mid-19th century, Carl Hagenbeck started collecting exotic animals that came through Hamburg’s port. After putting on a circus as well as various “anthropological displays,” which included exhibits of human beings, the first Hagenbeck Zoo opened at its current location in 1907.

This was the first zoo to use enclosures surrounded by moats rather than barred cages, so that visitors could enjoy watching animals in environments more closely resembling their natural habitats.

Today the landscaped habitats are divided into Arctic, tropical and other themes. See polar bears, penguins, crocodiles, zebras and monkeys among the 1,850 animals that roam the park. Get close to animals during feeding times. Zookeepers hand-feed some of the animals during demonstrations, and often pass the food over to audience members. Ask about feeding times at the ticket entrance.

Keep an eye out for the birds and small animals, such as capybaras, that roam freely throughout the park. Children will love the dolphin and sea lion shows, camel rides and the large playground on site. 

Bring comfortable shoes, since the zoo is large. It features four miles (seven kilometers) of marked hiking trails through an area of parklands.

The zoo is about a 20-minute drive from the city center, in the north district of Stellingen. Parking is available for a fee. Alternatively, catch the train. The zoo is easily accessible from its own U-bahn station, Hagenbecks Tierpark. 

The zoo is open all year. Opening times vary depending on the season, so check the official website before your visit. There’s an admission fee.


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Park Hotel Hamburg Arena ¥5,931
Park Hotel Hamburg Arena

Park Hotel Hamburg Arena

Kieler Strasse 333, Hamburg, HH
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Stellingen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Barclaycard Arena and Volksparkstadion are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is 15 minutes by foot and Langenfelde Station is 10 minutes.

    Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck ¥11,844
    Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck

    Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck

    Hagenbeckstr. 150, Hamburg, HH
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Hamburg hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Tropen-Aquarium Hagenbeck and Hagenbeck Zoo. JUMP House Hamburg and Planten un Blomen are also within 6 mi (10 km). Hagenbecks Zoo U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Lutterothstrasse U-Bahn is 15 minutes.

      sylc. Apartmenthotel ¥6,978
      sylc. Apartmenthotel

      sylc. Apartmenthotel

      Kronsaalsweg 88, Hamburg, Hamburg
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Stellingen, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Barclaycard Arena and Volksparkstadion are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is 13 minutes by foot and Eidelstedt Station is 14 minutes.

        Dorint Hotel Hamburg Eppendorf ¥11,952
        Dorint Hotel Hamburg Eppendorf

        Dorint Hotel Hamburg Eppendorf

        Martinistr. 72, Hamburg, HH
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Eppendorf, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eppendorfer Landstrasse and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Hagenbeck Zoo and Stadtpark are also within 3 mi (5 km). Eppendorfer Baum U-Bahn is 14 minutes by foot and Kellinghusenstrasse U-Bahn is 18 minutes.

          bedpark Stellingen ¥7,136
          bedpark Stellingen

          bedpark Stellingen

          Volksparkstraße 62, Hamburg, HH
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Eimsbuettel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Altonaer Volkspark, Hagenbeck Zoo, and Barclaycard Arena. Volksparkstadion and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Eidelstedt Station is 17 minutes.

            Pension am Volkspark ¥6,982
            Pension am Volkspark

            Pension am Volkspark

            Alte Volksparkstraße 21, Hamburg
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Eimsbuettel, this pension is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Barclaycard Arena and Volksparkstadion are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Hagenbecks Zoo U-Bahn is 16 minutes.

              Arcade Hostel Hamburg ¥5,619
              Arcade Hostel Hamburg

              Arcade Hostel Hamburg

              Kieler Straße 385, Hamburg
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Eimsbuettel, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Barclaycard Arena and Volksparkstadion are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is 12 minutes by foot and Hagenbecks Zoo U-Bahn is 14 minutes.

                Hotel Mona
                Hotel Mona

                Hotel Mona

                Kieler Str. 392, Hamburg, HH
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Eimsbuettel, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Barclaycard Arena and Volksparkstadion are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stellingen S-Bahn is 11 minutes by foot and Hagenbecks Zoo U-Bahn is 13 minutes.