Hellabrunn's new playground with café
Opened in summer 2012, the completely revamped Rhino Playground offers the youngest visitors to Hellabrunn Zoo a wide range of play facilities, while allowing their parents to relax over tasty Bavarian delicacies in the idyllic Café Rhino next to the playground. The Tree Top Trail takes the children’s excitement of a visit to the zoo to a higher level. Kids who venture to the top will be able to get much closer to the nilgai, blackbuck, sarus cranes and chital deer in the neighboring enclosure. The playground also features a water play area for toddlers that is particularly popular in summer for splashing and cooling down. The playground is situated opposite the Rhino House between the elk and nilgai enclosures and offers an attractive alternative to the Adventure Playground in the Kids' Zoo. The 1,000 m² playground was designed by Teutsch Ritz Rebmann.
The design of the new children's paradise is inspired by nature. The playground facilities are made largely of Robinia heartwood, with wood chips used as an impact absorbing safety surface. Other natural elements include shrubs planted over an area of 350 m². The playground also features a carousel with wheelchair access for disabled children, a bird's nest swing, the ever-popular speaking tube, wooden play huts and a climbing frame with slide.
But the Rhino Playground is not only designed for our young visitors. Parents can also have fun (or at least enjoy a well-deserved break) in the new, retro-style Café Rhino. The best place to sit is on the wooden terrace built directly over the moat bordering the elk enclosure. From here you can have a great view of our European elk and their cute calves, Madita, Merlin and Meli, and at the same time keep a close eye on your little ones on the Rhino Playground. Café Rhino serves tasty Italian panini, freshly baked, handmade pizzas, delicious cakes and a fine selection of coffees. The café has a capacity of 30 indoor seats and 120 more on the cozy terrace and is open for the duration of the zoo's opening hours. Those who arrive not only hungry, but also with a thirst for knowledge are also in for a special treat: visitors can learn more interesting facts about rhinos on a wall display inside the café dedicated to these beautiful creatures.