Wildpark Bad Mergentheim
Experience wild animals in a natural setting
The animal park (or Wildpark) Bad Mergentheim is one of the most species-rich animal parks in Europe, with over 70 species of animals on 35 hectares of land. Virtually every enclosure is built as a natural free-sight reserve with unobtrusive boundaries - wire netting, cages and fences are hard to find here.
A top priority at Bad Mergentheim is that animals are kept in a species-appropriate environment. As far as possible natural materials are used for the enclosures and the park pays particular attention to the ecological appropriateness of everything that is done in the park.
En route with the park keepers
Twice a day, it is possible to accompany the park keepers on their feeding route through the park and observe the animals in their natural hunting behaviour.
Raptors, fish otters, brown bears, lynxes, Europe's largest wolf pack, beaver and wild cats are only a few of the animals that you can meet on the feeding tour.
In addition, draught horses, trek oxen, sheep dogs, goats and sheep show what everyday activity in rural towns in olden Germany used to look like. The tour takes about 2 ½ hours and takes place twice a day. In summer (mid-March - beginning of November): 09:45 and 13:30. In winter (beginning of November - mid-March): 10:40 and 13:30. Meeting place for the tour is at the mountain range by the entrance.
Children will particularly enjoy the petting zoo and the playground. There's also a new water play area right beside the petting zoo that has been completely redesigned for the 2010 season.
Wildpark Bad Mergentheim
An der B290, 97980 Bad Mergentheim
Tel. : 07931 - 41344 · Fax: 07931 - 44426
Internet: www.wildtierpark.de(external link)
How to get there
A drive though the lovely Tauber valley along the Romantic Road gets you in the mood for a visit to the animal park. The Wildpark Bad Mergentheim is located on a hill above the town of Bad Mergentheim. All roads leading towards the park are signposted. The park is on the B290 road, about 1.5 kilometers/1 mile past Bad Mergentheim (or before Bad Mergentheim, if you are coming from Crailsheim).
The rustic and homely Jägerstube (hunters' lodge), which is located right by the entrance, provides hearty food as well as coffee and cake, even for large groups. On cooler days, you might even not want to leave once there is a nice fire going in the Bullerjan. On warm days, visitors can enjoy their food on an outdoor terrace.
In winter, from November through mid-March, the Holzhaus (wooden house) is cozy, and provides simple, tasty snacks. And of course space is also provided where visitors can eat their own picnic food.
The Tierpark Bad Mergentheim is open
Summer - From mid-March to the beginning of November: 09:00-18:00 daily; last admission: 16:30
Winter - From the beginning of November to mid-March on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only: from 10:30 until dusk; last admission: 16:00
Adults and teenagers from the age of 15: €8,50
Children between the age of 3 and 14: €5,50
Disabled (only with handicapped ID): adults: €7,50; children: €4,50
Wheelchair users/Blind: free admission
Groups of 20 or more people get a discount of €1 per person if entrance fee is paid in bulk.
Dogs are allowed in the park on a short lead.
Spacious free parking is available.