ABC's of Hamburg

W is for Wildpark Schwarze Berge

27.4.16

Hi! so todaz I have a guest post brought to you by Sasha. I met her during my first month living in Germany and today she accepted to give this blogging thing a try and will be talking about one of the activities you could do in Hamburg.
One of the places we love to visit as a family is Wildpark Schwarze Berge, located in the town of Rosengarten. It is about 15 min by car or 30 min by bus from where we live.  The park was founded in 1969 and is open all year round.  Unlike the Hagenbecks Tierpark, the Wildpark Schwarze Berge is located in a low mountain, forested area and covers around 50 hectares of land.
The animals are kept in large natural enclosures and there are about a hundred species of animals at the Wildpark including bisons, European wolves, lynxes and mooses. The Wildpark added the European brown bears in 2009. There are also petting areas with free-ranging goats, potbellied pigs and deers. In these petting areas, you can buy animal food at 1 euro a box and feed the animals. In fact, unless otherwise stated, you are allowed to feed the animals in the enclosures too, preferably with the animal food as well.
The best time to visit the Wildpark is in spring (this would be the perfect time to catch the newly born baby animals) through to autumn. Due to its location, it is also perfect to visit on hot summer days as the tall trees provides shade and keeps one cool. We usually go to the Wildpark in the late morning, just before lunch and try to cover as much ground as possible. There are plenty of map boards along the way to guide you through the park.
One of the attractions of the Wildpark, besides the animals, is the Elbblickturm. The view from the 31m high tower stretches not only over the Rosengarten forest and the Kiekeberg.  On a clear day, the Elbe valley floodplain, the entire Hamburg harbour, Blankenese, Köhlbrandbrücke and the Lohbrügge telecommunications tower are also visible.  It is definitely worth the 151 steps hike!
There are 2 restaurants as well as an Imbiss/Kiosk at the park. Food is typically German and the usual menu for the little ones. We usually pack our own food as there are also plenty of rest stops with picnic tables and mini playgrounds around the park.  But the huge playground at the end of the trail is definitely a must go for/with the little ones. So be sure to make time for that too when you plan your visit.
LG,
Sasha
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