Germany’s Oldest Zoo: Tierpark Sababurg

| September 23, 2014 | Reply

tierpark sababurg zoo

While staying in Sababurg, just north of Kassel, we decided to visit Germany’s oldest zoo despite cold weather.  It was empty of visitors, so we wandered the zoo feeling as if behind the scenes.  In a large field, the buffalo, horses and deer we had watched from the castle Dornrösenschloss Sababurg were wandering within a very large enclosed pasture.

The small zoo houses some surprises (penguins?),

tierpark sababurg zoobut the most surprising aspect was a visitor’s proximity to the animals.

tierpark sababurg zoo

I was quite surprised to see animals roaming free!

tierpark sababurg zoo

The children’s area included hands-on exhibits.

Visit the bunnies

Visit the bunnies

tierpark sababurg zoo

While another area allowed you to visit with the birds within the enclosure.

tierpark sababurg zoo

The picnic area and playground offered a unique view of Sababurg, and the Tierpark’s cute little gift shop is where I bought one of my favorite Maerchenstraβe souvenirs, the Deutsche Märchen Spielkarten.  This deck of cards features illustrations of the fairy tales and other important sites from along the route.

tierpark sababurg zoo

Although it is not a large zoo, it is located within walking distance of the castle, it is the oldest Tiergarten (for those of you interested in history or checklists), and it’s a good diversion for the little ones for as short or as long as you want to stay.

tierpark sababurg zoo

 

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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