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Zoos in the Ruhr Metropolis

The Ruhr would not be the Ruhr if it didn’t have more than one zoo. Spacious areas offer the opportunity to view exotic animals in fairly acceptable habits. Three zoos across the region offer city dwellers numerous and perhaps necessary insights to lifeforms on our planet.

Much has changed over recent years in an attempt to provide those creatures in captivity a semblance of their natural environments. Approve or not, programmes in various zoos across the globe are able to aid in the preservation of some endangered species.


The diverse habitats of Alaska, Africa and Asia can be experienced by visitors of ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr. The zoo is the only one of its kind in Europe that is consistently designed to be close to nature.

With impressive landscape architecture and almost invisible borders, this lifelike home to more than nine hundred animals and over a hundred species, enables exciting encounters.

Bleckstrasse 64
45889 Gelsenkirchen
+49 209 954 50


With many species that include elephants, Zoo Duisburg is an important place of learning and a space for recreation in the heart of the Ruhr. The zoo acknowledges the challenge of offering their animals the best possible environment so develop constantly.

From elephant to tiger, kangaroo to koala, gorilla to orang utan as well as birds, fish and reptiles, many species are housed in the spacious areal that straddles a major motorway.

Mülheimer Strasse 273
47058 Duisburg
+49 203 604 442 50


Dortmund Zoo is one of the most popular destinations in the Ruhr region. Around 1,500 animals from 220 species live in the park landscape. With its old trees and various animal houses, a visit to the zoo is an experience for the whole family, whatever the weather.

From giraffe to rhinoceros, leopard to ape and curious to timid, a wide variety of animals large and small can be viewed in the Zoo Dortmund to the east of the Ruhr.

Mergelteichstrasse 80
44225 Dortmund
+49 231 502 8593

Parks in the Ruhr

Beautiful parks in the Ruhr Metropolis entice with delightful scenery. Take a pleasant stroll, have a picnic or merely relax. Examples include the Stadtpark Bochum, Rombergpark Dortmund, Immanuel Kant Park Duisburg, Grugapark Essen, Berger Park Gelsenkirchen and Kaisergarten Oberhausen.

Park landscape with bench