Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck)

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The Hagenbecks Tierpark (or Hamburg Zoo) is owned by the Hagenbeck family; Carl Hagenbeck, Jr. (who founded the zoo in 1907) was a wild animal trader and merchant. Of special note is the Troparium, an artificial habitat comprised of a rain forest, a desert and a sea, with animals in each. Travelers' opinions are mixed: Some say that the Hamburg Zoo wasn't a standout and that the lack of English signage was frustrating. Others delight in the zoo's many offerings -- several restaurants, playgrounds for kids, a dolphin show, a recreation park, among other attractions.

If you're budgeting out which attractions to do and not do, keep in mind the zoo charges a pretty steep admission fee though its exhibits could fill an entire day. You can find if off the Hagenbecks Tierpark U-bahn station.

  • Hamburg's zoo, one of Europe's best, was founded in 1848 and today is home to about 2,500 animals belonging to 360 species … A restaurant serves well-prepared fixed-price menus at 15€ to 18€ ($24-$29), 11:30am to closing time." -- Frommer's
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The Alter Elbtunnel (also Old Elbe Tunnel, St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel) is a pedestrian, bike and motorist tunnel, which travels underneath the River Elbe and connects central Hamburg to the southern side of the river. While walking, be sure to look at the artworks that line the tiled walls. Travelers enjoyed the experience of walking beneath the river and taking in the great view from the opposing side. Free of charge for pedestrians and bikers, motorists are charged a small fee. You'll find the Elbe Tunnel open 24 hours a day (for pedrestrians/bikers) off the Landungsbrücken U-bahn stop.

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