Visiting Stuttgart would not be complete if you have never been to Wilhema Zoo. Fortunately Wilhema is quite close with my livinghood; I was there for a lot of time since July 2007. It was a great zoo to visit and a great place just to read and hang out alone. You can see many animals, flowers, and plants. You can also find the banana tree inside Wilhema. Amaizing isn’t it ?
How to get there ?
There are many options to get there. As I live arround the corner, you can choose to walk or to take the Ubahn (sort of German train). If you take the Ubahn, then you have to take U14 to Remseck and you stop at Wilhema. You just need to walk 5 minutes to the gate of the zoo.
If you prefer to walk, you can pass Vilaberg and Rosenstein Park. This is a beautiful park to walk on. Rosenstein Park is regarded as the largest English park in Southwest Germany. Old trees and spacious meadows give the quiet park a special touch where visitors are invited to go on long walks.
A little bit history about this place, the park was designed between the years 1824 and 1840 under the supervision of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg. He also engaged in the construction of the Rosenstein Palace (today the Museum of Natural History) located on the south side of the park. Giovanni Salucci was hired by the king to build the Palace and after his wife, Queen Katharina, died, Giovanni Salucci also built the Rotenberg Chapel according to the wishes of King Wilhelm I. The Museum of Natural History together with its zoological-botanical collection is housed there today.
Rosenstein Park is part of Stuttgart’s “Green U”. The park also borders Wilhelma, a botanical/zoological garden, the two natural history museums near the Löwentor (lion gate) and the previously mentioned Palace. The walk itself took about 25 to 30 minutes to reach Wilhema’s entrace.
How much should we pay ?
The entrance tickets are various, the price in summer would be more expensive than the winter. The summer time is the most beautiful time to enjoy the zoo, but Wilhema has also some sites to be enjoyed in winter (just not as much as in summer). In summer, we pay for 11,40 Euro for an adult and less 3 Euro in fall and winter season. They have offered tickets for groups, for students, disabled with a special price. As Wilhema is very close to my house then I prefer to make an annual ticket, it would be 50 Euro in a year. You can go in and out as much as you want.
In 1842, König Wilhelms I allowed a bath house to be built on the edge of Rosenstein Park. It resembled the Alhambra and the fairytale 1001 Nights palace. Gardens and buildings from the Moorish style surrounded by lakes and streams – a real sight to behold. During the Second World War, however, the old, historical Wilhelma was destroyed. Even today, despite the destruction, the Wilhelma is worth seeing – The zoological and botanical garden has something for everyone. Especially in the summer months when the ponds are full of water lilies the magic of the olden days comes to life.Today Wilhelma, with its 10,000 animals of almost 1000 species, is one of the zoos with the largest amount of animal species in Germany, giving a cross-section through all the climatic zones of the Earth. Also of great value is the plant collection, with around 5000 species. In the rhythm of the seasons the face of the park constantly changes, daily offering new impressions.
(This part is not done yet, upcoming stories is about the animal and plants in Wilhema)