Amusement and Wildlife Parks

Vivarium, Darmstadt

The zoological garden of Darmstadt preferably houses reptiles of Australia, Madagascar and New Guinea. Here, visitors can also admire rare species of ostriches, "living fossils" such as lungfish or giant tortoises and salamanders.

Opening hours: April – September 9.00 am – 7.00 pm, October – March 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, November – February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, telephone: 0 61 51-13 33 91



Activity Centre, Darmstadt

am Steinbrücker Teich/Oberwaldhaus. Play and sports facilities around the lake, such as miniature golf, table tennis, horseback riding and carriage rides. A large barbecue area offers plenty of space for outdoor cooking. There is an Indian village for children; rowing as well as pedal boats can be rented at the lake. The Oberwaldhaus, built in 1901, is a popular casual dining restaurant.


Goldschmidtpark Seeheim-Jugenheim

where rare species of plants, which cannot be found in other German regions, because of the low temperatures there; grow. The park is marked by its particular garden architecture. The origin of the Goldschmidtpark dates back to the year 1870.

For further information please contact telephone number 0 62 57-99 02 80


Erlensee, Bickenbach

The Erlensee (lake) Bickenbach, a former gravel pit, was created in the middle of the 1960s when the motorway A5 was built and it has, over the years, developed into a nature and leisure centre, which enjoys great popularity amongst the population of the nearby cities – even up to Frankfurt and Mannheim. There are sufficient possibilities for relaxation and also a small restaurant, which is run by the local fishing club, the official leaseholder of the lake. Some areas of the Erlensee (lake) are designated for environmental conservation and reserved for anglers only. Both, the lake as well as the surrounding lawn for sunbathing are very family friendly. The water fun is free of charge; merely a fee of € 2.00 is charged for cars which can be parked in a large parking ground.



Bird and Educational Park "Birkengarten"

Bird park where domestic and exotic species, even storks, can be admired. There is also a leisure area and an adventure playground. Opening hours: daily, except on Mondays, from April – November, telephone: 0 62 51-5 17 14


Bird park Heppenheim

The bird park is situated in the Bruchsee local recreation area. Approximately 300 birds of about 65 different species on 7,500 square metres. Opening hours: as from May, Monday – Saturday from 2.00 pm, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10.00 am, telephone: 0 62 52-7 18 76


Wine Teaching Trail, Hemsbach

The wine teaching trail was laid out in 2003 by the town of Hemsbach in cooperation with the Winzergenossenschaft Bergstraße – Bergstrasse Cooperative Cellar and the Naturpark Neckartal-Odenwald. On the walking trail, seven types of grapes, which are presently grown in Hemsbach, are introduced and there is a wonderful view of Hemsbach. The Winzergenosschenschaft Bergstraße – Bergstrasse Cooperative Cellar organises wine tastings on a regular basis. Please contact for further information: Winzergenossenschaft Bergstrasse, telephone 0 62 01-7 16 62 


Green Ring Ladenburg

The Green Ring was laid out from 2002 – 2005 in the scope of the Baden-Wuerttemberg "Green Projekt" of the Federal State Programme "Nature in City and Countryside", some kind of "small garden show". The central idea was to link the town to the river, restructure the public greenery as well as restructure and improve existing connections and accesses to the town. This was the beginning of the Green Ring as an area offering a scope for a wide range of uses, waterside areas alongside the Neckar River, quiet zones, playgrounds and large areas of meadow. The Ladenburg park was awarded the first prize in the competition "Germany’s Best Park" sponsored by the American engine manufacturers Briggs & Stratton.



Heidelberg Zoo

Nice destination for a day out with the whole family: the Heidelberg Zoo located at Im Neuenheimer Feld (Tiergartenstrasse) with wonderful mature trees as well as a large playground and a children’s zoo. The Heidelberg zoological garden, founded in the year 1934 by the Nobel prize winner Carl Bosch and the ornithologist Otto Fehringer, ranks among Germany’s most innovative zoos, which are divided into five several sections. Central focus is always on the relationship between humans and animals.
Specific services for children:
zoo-holidays, zoo-camp, zoo-school, children birthday parties and adventurous tours of the zoo as well as a petting zoo housing pygmy goats, pandas, sheep and chicken.
After entering the zoo, visitors will be impressed by the new "Yellowstone-Waldsee" - "Yellowstone Lake" with a waterfall and a geyser. Heidelberg’s largest and most beautiful playground is situated at Heidelberg Zoo – where else can one through a glance from a tree house at zebras or take a jeep ride through crowds of elephants and antelopes?

A visit to the zoo is always worthwhile! 



Heidelberg University Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Heidelberg University was originally established in 1593 as a medicinal herb garden ("hortus medicus") by Henricus Smetius, who was a professor of medicine. As such, it is one of the oldest gardens and the third oldest botanical garden in Germany. The present, meanwhile seventh garden, was created in 1915. Shortly before the end of World War II the garden lost most of its plant population. Today, this important place of research in the field of plant sciences plays an important part concerning the conservation of plant biodiversity. Its main functions include academic research and training of biology students and informing the public. The greenhouses contain unique plant collections, e. g. Old and New World succulents, bromeliads and orchids. Walking along the outdoor sections, visitors may enjoy a wide variety of interesting plants such as raised bog, heath bog, alpine garden, fern ravine, inland dune, weedy vineyard as well as the "systematic section". At present, approximately 14,000 plant species are cultivated at the Botanical Garden.
Guided tours of the Botanical Garden:
On Sundays, regular public tours of the Botanical Garden are offered (every first and third Sunday of a month, 2.00 pm). Upon request, varying events for children and adults, which offer a great opportunity to experience the botanical collection with an expert (guided tours are also offered in English), are available.
Opening hours:
Outdoor sections: open all year round and all day.
Greenhouses: Mon – Thu, 9.00 am – 4 pm and Fri 9.00 am – 2.30 pm, Sat closed, Sun and holidays during the summer season 10.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm and during the winter season 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 4.00  pm Address: Im Neuenheimer Feld 340

Telephone: 0 62 21-54 57 83