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Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten Wilhelma

City: Stuttgart 70376
Federal State: Baden-Württemberg

Size: 30 ha (75 acre)

Animals: 10300 animals of 1210 species

Opened in 1953

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

The Wilhelma´s root is a palace of king Wilhelm I. of Wuerttemberg, built in 1842 in Moorish style. Many buildings and gardens from that time are still extant.

The botanical gardens were opened to the public in 1918/1919, animal husbandry started after 1945. Since 1960, the garden has been enlarged and upgraded generously, without losing its park character.

In the seventies, houses for elephants, rhinoceroses, carnivores, hippopotamuses and apes were built with exposed concrete, the way it was modern in those days. All four ape species are kept and frequently bred at the Wilhelma.

A new house for African apes is to be completed in 2011. Experts rear motherless apes from all over Europe at the Wilhelma.

The biggest aquarium in Southern Germany opened in 1967. Various parts represent different habitats, with king penguins as a special attraction.

Tropical freshwater fish are presented as well as inhabitants of coral reefs. Part of the terrarium is a large crocodile hall, which re-opened in 2006 and now accomodates saltwater crocodiles, among them a white individual.

The Wilhelma is a classical big zoo with a rich variety of animal species. Some of them are rather extraordinary, e.g. kaka parrot, dusky leaf monkey, okapi, weedy sea dragon and Somalian wild ass.

Greenhouses accomodate orchids, camellia, succulents and carnivorous plants. Groups of old trees grow outside, among them sequoia, magnolia and gingko.

The upper zoo part is dominated by big aviaries, South America exhibits, enclosures for bears and mountain animals. It is possible to view the polar bears underwater. At a ´farm´, visitors get information about domestic animal husbandry yesterday and today.

The Amazon house, which ´brings rainforest to Wilhelma´, has been the biggest project so far. Here live monkeys, birds, caimans and other reptiles from the Amazon jungle, complemented by an insectarium and a butterfly hall.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children

StreichelnPetting animals
Petting enclosure, children's farmyard

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Food automats

TiershowsTalks & shows
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, lions

AttraktionenOther attractions

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
On prior arrangement / reservation, for a fee, also on special themes

EssenEat & drink
Restaurant, café
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)

InfoShop and publications
Shop, guidebook

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotIn summer season Entrance ´Haupteingang´ from 8:15 hrs., Entrance ´Obere Entrance´ from 9 hrs., Entrance ´Pragstraße´ from 10 hrs. open (nur an on Sundays and on Holidaysen nach Bedarf), admission max. until 18 hrs.
 dotNovember until February Entrance ´Haupteingang´ 8:15 – 16 hrs., Entrance ´Obere Entrance´ 9 – 16 hrs. (nur während der Schulferien sowie on weekendsn and holidays), Entrance ´Pragstraße´ 10 – 16 hrs. (an on Sundays and on Holidaysen nach Bedarf)


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 16,00 €
 dotChildren (age 6 – 17): 8,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: Appoach via B10 and B4 (signposted). parking garage. On weekends P&R strongly adviced

Anfahrt & By public transport: From main railway station city train 13 + 14, buses no. 52, 55, 56. Or 30 min. walking from city center through Schloßgarten.

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Thomas Kölpin, Direktor
 dotDr. Marianne Holtkötter, stellvertr. Direktorin und Kuratorin Säugetiere
 dotIsabel Koch, Kuratorin Reptilien, Fische, Invertebraten
 dotAnnika Krengel und Dr. Tobias Knauf-Witzens, Tierärzte


PostAddress: Wilhelma 13, 70376 Stuttgart, GERMANY
Postal address:Postfach 50 12 27, 70342 Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
Operated by: Land Baden-Württemberg
Member of: EAZA, VBG, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: info@wilhelma.de
WebWebsite: http://www.wilhelma.de

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