Alpenzoo#7 in Best Things To Do in Innsbruck
Known as "the highest themed zoo in Europe," Alpenzoo is a great choice for families visiting Innsbruck. The zoo specializes in caring for creatures native to the Alps like brown bears, marmots and even otters, and is home to more than 2,000 animals. You might even hear the wolves howl at the ring of the Innsbruck church bells. The park is located within the Nordkette mountain range, which you can reach via the Hungerburg Funicular or bus. It's possible to drive, but parking spaces are few and far between.
Recent visitors advised that you should be prepared for steep walkways at the zoo, since it's on a mountain, and say it's smaller in size than many typical zoos.
Alpenzoo opens at 9 a.m. each day and closes between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., depending on the season. You can reach the zoo via foot – it's about a 20-minute walk from the city center – or by bus from the Marktplatz. Entrance tickets cost 12 euros for adults (about $13.50), 6 euros (about $6.75) for youths ages 6 to 15 and 2.50 euros (about $3) for kids ages 4 and 5. This attraction is also covered by the Innsbruck Card. For more information, check out the zoo's website.
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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)
One of Innsbruck's most famous streets, Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city's baroque past, dating back 700 years. Now a pedestrian promenade, the street, which is located outside Old Town, is lined with palaces once owned by the city's aristocracy, as well as cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch.
Recent visitors raved about the amazing views of the mountains seen from the street and recommended seeing the Christmas market set up on the street during the holidays. However, a few reviewers warned that the prices at the shops, cafes and restaurants that line the street are too high. For unobstructed photos, plan a morning visit.
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