Said to be Europe’s highest altitude zoo, Innsbruck’s Alpenzoo, or Alpine Zoo, sits on the lower part of the Nordkette mountain range across the river from the old town. It features around 150 species, some endangered, who call the Alps home, like brown bears, marmots, lynx, and bison. There are also enclosures for various birds of prey and amphibians, as well as a small show farm with Alpine breeds of sheep, pigs and goats.
From the old town, the Alpenzoo can easily be reached by bus W or the Hungerburgbahn funicular, which is part of the Nordkettenbahnen line that leads from the Congress Station right up to the mountaintop. Admission is included with the Innsbruck Card, making it worth at least a quick stop to check out these beautiful Alpine creatures.