Beneath Hellbrunn’s rocky cliffs, Salzburg Zoo features large, open enclosures that mimic the animals’ natural habitats as much as possible. Visitors buy tickets to explore the geographically arranged zones independently, roaming savannah-like Africa to see lions, cheetahs, and white rhinos; Eurasia to glimpse gibbons, wolverines, and red pandas; Australia to view kangaroos and pythons; and South America to spot iguanas, jaguars, and monkeys. Other highlights include a petting zoo, feeding displays, and a summertime night zoo.
Those wanting to incorporate Salzburg Zoo into wider Salzburg sightseeing should consider purchasing a Salzburg Card sightseeing pass. The card grants complimentary access to the zoo and numerous other Salzburg highlights such as the Mirabell Gardens, and is sometimes available paired with a themed city tour. Alternatively, reach the zoo on a Salzburg hop-on hop-off tour—buses stop outside the Hellbrunn Palace, near the zoo’s gate.