Visiting Tierpark in Arth Goldau

Zoological Gardens has always been a favourite destination for me as a kid. Why do I say as a kid? In my adulthood too, I made many plans to visit the zoo. But unfortunately, none could materialise. We planned and then cancelled the date. And thus it kept on postponing till the day we stopped planning. But Arth Goldau happened to us by chance. So let me take you to this zoo trip along with me. I hope you will sure enjoy it.

The snow capped mountain very close to the park
The snow capped mountain very close to the park

This post will mostly be pictorial. Just a few words added to describe my experience in a zoo outside our country. Arth Goldau Tierpark is a Nature Park and zoo, which is a home to many European species, mostly wild and a few domestic.

Hawaiian goose
Hawaiian goose

In my previous post on Lucerne, I did narrate the incident that led us to this Nature Park. So my long time plan to visit the zoo in my native place materialised here in a surprising way.

Common Kestrel
Common Kestrel

On reaching the Arth Goldau train station we followed the pug marks. Pug Marks? No worries. Not the real ones :). Just a printed sign on the roads leading the visitors to the beautiful nature park.

A straight road and a little walk on a stretch of about 400 metres and we were straight in the queue for the tickets. The visitors were mostly locals accompanied by children.

Northern Bald Ibis
Northern Bald Ibis

The huge area of the park comprises of rocky uneven woodlands. There are also large water bodies for the numerous variety of aquatic bird species. This was the most interesting spot of the whole trip.

Adult male Common Chaffinch
Adult male Common Chaffinch

It was a clear windy day. I would say the perfect time to visit zoos. The strong gust of winds was making strange noises within the trees. At times shrill whistling sound got us confused to think of some bird’s call.

Adult common crane
Adult common crane

We dedicated most of the time near the water bodies getting thrilled to see such huge varieties of swans, geese and other aquatic birds.

Black-necked swan
Black-necked swan

A photographer dad accompanied by his son also chose the water bodies to be their favourite destination. The kid was feeding the birds while the father took the opportunity to get the best of the bird’s shots.

Tufted Duck Female
Tufted Duck Female

Most of the crowd was busy in feeding the friendly Deer. Their big beautiful eyes were seeking food pellets. But we sadly had none. As we did not carry any animal feed. Nor could we operate the pellets vending machine stationed nearby to get some.

Look at her beautiful eyes, seeking food
Look at her beautiful eyes, seeking food

The owl’s enclosure was another favourite spot. The cuddly owl couple was hiding within the thick branches. Even after a long wait, they did not come out of their love nest. While the Eurasian Eagle Owl family stayed calm on a high surface.

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl

Then there was the large compound encircled for the Red Fox. A furry adorable fox was the centre of all attraction. Although looks are deceptive. There were a net fencing and another rope fencing around it along with safety instruction to keep the crowd away and safe.

Red fox
Red fox

Beside it stood the tall wooden watch tower. The tower was fully covered but the strong gust of wind was having its impact. The tower shook like that during an earthquake. But reaching the top gave the best panoramic view.

The view of the lake... watch the road and the railway track on the right
The view of the lake… watch the road and the railway track on the right

The large lake on either side all surrounded by lofty mountain ranges. The railway bridge by the lake, a beautifully located church within the locality and the picturesque landscape gave us the best moment to cherish.

View from the watch tower
View from the watch tower

After all this beautiful experience we decided to find our way out of the park. This was a bit confusing as the sign boards and the maps were all written in German. But we did find out way out and enjoyed our zoo trip a lot.

Tierpark Arth Goldau at a glance, with travel information.

Wood Duck Male
Wood Duck Male
Red-breasted goose
Red-breasted goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Bar-headed goose and one Barnacle goose
Bar-headed goose and one Barnacle goose
Greylag goose
Greylag goose
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Common eider
Common eider
European bison
European bison
The largest Raven I have even seen
The largest Raven I have even seen
Common Chaffinch
Common Chaffinch
Alpine Ibex
Alpine Ibex
And now a group comes for food
And now a group comes for food
The church
The church
This newborn is so adorable
This newborn is so adorable

Tierpark Arth Goldau at a glance, with travel information.

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