Zoo & Darwineum Rostock

Rostock Zoo - open every day of the year Open

  • daily from 9.00 am

Tills are open

  • from 9.00 am to 6 pm (november till march 5 pm)

Animal-houses and the DARWINEUM close one hour after the tills.

  • Adults: 16,00 €
  • Evening-Card Adults: 10,00 €

  • Children (7-16 yrs.): 8,00 €

  • Reduced (severely disabled persons, students, pupils from 17 years): 13,00 €

  • Family-Card (2 adult + 2 or more children 7-16 yrs.): 45,00 €
  • Evening-Family-Card (2 adult + 2 or more children 7-16 yrs.): 30,00 €

  • dogs: 6,00 €

Zoo animals need entertainment, so the daily feeding hours are not only for fun for the visitors.
During this the keepers will give you lot`s of information and answer your questions.

  • Penguins 10.00 am* / 3.15 pm
  • Fur seals and harbour seals 11.00 am / 2.00 pm
  • Otters, Racoons 3.00 pm
  • Kodiak bears 2.15 pm*
  • Polar bears 2.45 pm
  • Lions 3.00 pm*
  • African elephant 3.30 pm
  • Dromedary, Camels 3.30 pm*
  • European bisons 10.45 am*

* no feeding time from October till April for seasonal reasons.

Zoo Rostock - Over 4.500 animals in 320 different species look forward to you.

Rostock Zoo tries to configure the facilities as natural as possible. Nevertheless the visitors have the opportunity to search and find even the most dangerous animals through glass plates.

Big free enclosures for jaguars, lions and snow leopards

Our jaguars live in a wood glade, which is 1300 sqkm wide. You can see a watercourse and big trees to climb and sit on. In the neighbourhood there is the “savannah enclosure” of the lions and the “mountain meadow” of the snow leopards. The large free dwellings offer lots of opportunities to move, but the animals also find many hidden places to rest. Did you discover the cave near the snow leopards? In this enclosure the visitors can observe the animals on rat runs.

The elephant pen - home of our African elephant lady Sara

The elephant is currently the biggest living terrestrial mammal in the world. The pen was enlarged in June 2008, so that Sara has enough space. On the wall in the elephant house there is an experiential station, where children learn how the elephant teeth grow and how the elephant feet can carry such a heavy body weight.

A lot of freedom for the monkeys at the old-world monkey house

The old-world monkey house was built in 1997 and was the first free enclosure for monkeys in the Rostock Zoo. Our visitors can watch the animals without any disturbing barrier. On the one site there are the patas monkeys (Husarenaffen) and on the other site you can see the extremely rare beard monkeys (Wanderus).

The heraldic animal of the Rostock Zoo at the polar bear pen

The enclosure for the polar bears is situated in the centre of the historical park tract. It’s the place of a successful long-term polar bear husbandry. Inaugurated in 1959 the polar bear castle is the Zoo’s centrepiece. With its rocks, waterfalls and bathing basin it was one of the biggest and most modern enclosures in Europe for a long time.
Several polar bear generations lived here in Rostock and successfully propagated. Lots of European zoos now are housing polar bears from Rostock. Due to these successes Rostock Zoo keeps the International Stud Book for the polar bear since 1980.

Exciting insights at the south-america house

This is an animal house, which was built around a huge moor birch. Since 1998 capuchin monkeys (Kapuzineraffen) and marmoset monkeys (Weißbüschelaffen) can use this house and its opportunities and as a visitor you are right in the middle of it. You are able to either contact the dwellers through the window pane or watch them from a bridge. The outside facilities offer you the possibility to witness their lives directly.


The DARWINEUM - a spectacular journey through evolution

One billion years in 20,000 square meters. History, people and animals – all are united under one roof in the DARWINEUM, additionally providing the apes with a fitting new home. This 20,000 square meter area both consolidates a breathtaking nature experience and world of knowledge and invites you to discover, to learn and to marvel. From 2012, visitors will find answers to the questions of how the wonder of “humanity” developed out of single-cell life over millions of years.


The beginning of life itself is presented in a rotunda at the entrance of the exhibition; an evolutionary educational overview then compresses time to illustrate the developments. Roughly 15 different kinds of animals can be found in the largest exposition area, including mudskippers, leaf-cutting ants, horseshoe crabs, and echidnas that have innocuously survived one billion years of evolution.
The centerpiece of the exhibition area is a research laboratory that reflects the unbelievable potential of modern research and our responsibility for the environment.

Tropical House

With terrariums, a bright foil roof, and an open aviary with a suspension bridge, a 4,000 square meter tropical house will provide an appropriate setting for our apes. The gorillas and orangutans will live here in a nature-oriented ecosystem, cohabiting with sloths, pygmy marmosets, guenons, among other animals