An unusual story, strong values
The history of the Garden is closely linked to that of Mulhouse. In fact, when the Park was created in 1868 by local businessmen, the goal was to "entertain the people". It was a place to observe deer, birds and kangaroos, and somewhere to practice Sunday sports!
Little by little, the Zoological and Botanical Garden of Mulhouse has earned its educational and scientific credentials, with the arrival of "the little zoo school" in 1965, diversification of wildlife and the botanical collection and true international recognition for the preservation of species.
The Garden is now raising awareness on the effects of global warming, while becoming more and more involved in animal welfare.
At the Garden, nature and wildlife are closely linked. 1,200 animals live within the 25 hectares of greenery. The zoo is set in a beautiful environment. In fact it’s more than just a zoo; it’s a haven of peace just minutes from the city centre. It is ranked the leading tourist site of the Haut-Rhin and number three in Alsace.
A visit to Mulhouse Zoo – the highlights
The park is so big that you’ll need a whole day to see it all! Wear comfortable shoes, take a picnic and off you go ☺
A few dozen metres from the entrance, as you make your way towards the Espace Grand Nord (Polar area), say hello to Nanuq the polar bear, not forgetting the adorable arctic foxes and majestic musk oxen.
Another few steps will take you to a place where you can lay your eyes on the eggs and young birds of the Hatching House before you move on to admire the big cats: lions, panthers and tigers. Venture deeper into the Park to discover camels, deer and yaks. A little further still, the mini-farm and playground will delight your children - and it’s probably time for a lunch break.
Visit the monkey house, but not without having greeted the zebra and keep your eyes peeled for the appearance of the red pandas before watching mealtime for the sea lion.
Depending on the season, admire the beds of peonies, irises, dahlias ... and let yourself be tempted by a pretty souvenir at the gift shop before you leave!
3 reasons to visit the Zoological and Botanical Garden
Nanuq, the young polar bear and mascot of the Park
In November 2016, the arrival of Nanuq was an exceptional event. She is the second viable polar bear to have been born in France and so her birth was celebrated with much pomp. The inhabitants of Mulhouse got to choose her name ☺
Nanuq alone embodies all the problems created by global warming and the importance of saving animal species. She is the star of the Espace Grand Nord created in 2014 and dedicated to Arctic wildlife.
Since then Nanuq has grown a lot, but she’s still playful and fearless! You might even get your selfie of the year in front of the glass-fronted pool if she’s in the mood for a swim behind you.
An educational, fun and responsible zoo
The Zoological and Botanical Garden of Mulhouse is not just a catalogue of the living. Many of the species there are selected because they are threatened and the zoo actively participates in a number of conservation programmes around the world.
Your children will learn and be amazed all whilst having fun. They will fall for the adorable red pandas, even mix with the farm animals and be able to test their knowledge with games and information boards at each enclosure.
Come to the zoo… and discover a park
3,500 species and varieties of trees and plants, some of which are endangered. The Park boasts a remarkable Botanical Collection!
Scattered around the 25 hectares of the zoo, the abundance of plants gives the park a real identity. Your visit will be enhanced by pockets of coolness, shade and beauty.
In the themed garden in spring, you’ll see a cleverly orchestrated explosion of colour in the exuberant flower beds. In summer, it’s a real pleasure to eat lunch under the shade of the trees, offering their most beautiful hues of red and gold in the autumn months. If it snows in winter, its soft coat is a pleasure for the eye. There’s a reason to go to the zoo at every season of the year!
Address & Access
111, avenue de la 1ère Division Blindée 68100 Mulhouse
+33 (0) 369 77 65 65
Bus: line 30 from Mulhouse station, stop "Zoo".
Voiture: several free car parks nearby.
Vélo: Velocity station near Tivoli Square (10 minutes by bike, but beware, it’s uphill towards the zoo ☺).
Dates and times
The Zoological and Botanical Garden of Mulhouse is open all year.
December, January and February: 10am to 4pm.
March, October and November: 9am to 5pm.
April and September: 9am to 6pm.
May, June, July and August: 9am to 7pm.
From March 21st to October 31st: € 15.50 (adult) / € 9.50 (children from 4 to 16 years old) / Free for children under 4 years old
From January 1st to March 20th and from November 1st to December 31st: € 9.50 / Free for children under 4 years old
Special deal: the Zoological and Botanical Garden is part of the Mulhouse City Pass! Take advantage of our special offer to visit the museum and enjoy many other benefits.