Tucked between the stunning medieval towns of Kronberg and Königstein in the picturesque Taunus mountains, just 45 minutes from Frankfurt, is the Opel-Zoo. This vast reserve is home to around 1,600 animals from across the world, but what truly sets it apart is its unique layout. The zoo’s founder, Georg von Opel, laid the park’s plans in 1956 with the aim of placing the animals in enclosures without visible borders. The result? This 27-hectare area is traversed by wild trails offering unobstructed views of the zoo’s residents.
Pop by with the family to admire the spectacled penguins diving through the water, giggle at the meerkats’ frolicking antics, and marvel at the graceful giraffes and loveable red pandas. Elsewhere, the cheetahs lounge atop sun-warmed boulders and the only African elephants in Hesse wander across their vast plain. All this game-spotting is bound to work up an appetite. The park is home to several good restaurants, with adventure playgrounds and camel rides offering a change of scene for children.
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