August seemed like the right place to organize a day trip to Innsbruck all’Alpenzoo, a stage that last year there was very sorry not to be able to cover.
The occasion was also successful because it allowed us to spend the afternoon even this year ‘s time strolling through the charming streets of the center of Innsbruck, Austria typically picturesque town surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers.
The Alpenzoo is the highest zoo in Europe (750 m above sea level) and has more than 150 species of alpine animals from ‘moose to’ brown bear, the lynx snakes, otters to the ‘golden eagle, but also farm animals such as goats, cows and pigs.
The zoo is located at the foot of the Nordkette the alpine zone of the city. L ‘Alpenzoo can be reached easily by leaving the car in the parking lot of the Convention Center, located in the city center and taking the beautiful and futuristic Hungerburgbahn cable car that, in just a few minutes and a few stops, connects Innsbruck to’ Hungerburg, the splendid panoramic terrace.
From here, if you wish, you can still continue using the funicular railway, passing through the stop Seegrube, up over the top at the location Hafelekar to 2256 m high.
The whole architectural complex
well worth at least one visit. In particular, the magnificent structure of ‘Hungerburgbahn is certainly a masterpiece of’ modern architecture (by the famous architect Zaha Hadid), which blends beautifully with the surrounding landscape and neighboring examples of traditional architecture Austrian who have succeeded in the various ages.
What strikes of ‘Alpine Zoo is that it is completely designed and built to be enjoyed by families and especially by children. Large windows, stalking landscaped to provide a better view from ‘high, large networks of fence that come nearly to the ground and, where not possible, steps, increases wooden fences, everything is built favoring the view of the child, of any height it is.
Furthermore everywhere benches, rest areas under shady trees and paths strictly usable by children in strollers or disabled in a wheelchair.
The ‘intelligent design of spaces can fully in’ intent to co-exist and the need for relatively large space to allow a dignified life as possible to the animals and appropriate to each species housed.
It is easy to use and varied paths, always different and attractive, often divided into zones, real small clusters themed, which stand at will without disrupting the flow of many visitors to a festive day as was the of August.
This type of intelligent design also allows to shift the entire complex following the natural conformation of the mountain and, what’s more, managing to optimize the deployment of ‘whole area in a space all things considered rather small, when compared, for example, with the mammoth biopark of Rome, a structure which we know well.
This allows the children, even the smaller and less unaccustomed to long walks, not too tired and enjoy a visit to the bottom on its own.
Furthermore, there are, according to the typical Austrian sensitivity, the areas most directly engaged in free play and also a special secret passage suitable for children, where to be able to find a special and privileged view of the den of ‘brown bear.
Anyone who knows a little ‘s Austria and its people, will not be surprised to know that the most common material used both in structures and in play areas, which in almost all parts of containment and transition, both the wood.
And, where possible, materials that have been used very much in line by type, assonance and colors with the natural surroundings.
So, there’s almost not even want to add, that everything is a ‘feeling of cleanliness and order, and each path is dotted continually discrete bins of’ garbage, which, presumably, are emptied periodically.
The Alpine Zoo Innsbruck, another vivid example of Austrian civilization, really enjoyed both us adults and our children. I therefore strongly recommend it, if you spend here.