Keep animals, take a walk with them or just watch: these are our tips for Wesel excursions for families, right on the doorstep.
Bored in summer vacation? It doesn’t have to be. We have travel tips for those who don’t want or can’t stand in traffic or queue at the airport. Today it is about children and animals – usually a perfect combination that will remain in the memory for a long time. And there are some shows practically on the doorstep, in the Wesel district, sometimes for little money.
It is true that there is no traditional zoo with tigers, elephants and their mates here. There are picnic destinations where visitors young and old are not only allowed to see different animals, but also to touch and sometimes even feed them, but only with special rations.
It’s also possible to stroll with animal companions in the area – with expected species like gentle alpacas and friendly donkeys, but also with amazing animals like owls and birds of prey.
Offers for every age group
Sometimes the destination is equipped with restaurants and a shop, sometimes without them, but always with plenty of information about the animals, their needs and their environment. In this way, the institutions in question offer a few hours of entertainment for the whole family. And maybe eventually some discussions along the lines of: Mom, I want an alpaca too!
Our tips are a small selection without claiming to be exhaustive, some are particularly suitable for young children, others should be older girls and boys or even teenagers, for example on a donkey ride. Relevant information is available upon registration.
Animals to touch: Callisto Zoo at Camp Linfort
Callisto Zoo invites you to Camp Linfort. Attractive destination for a family outing: a daily ticket costs three euros per person. Kids can watch chickens, small animals, sheep, goats, meerkats, and more animals, pets, and even get into their barns—which isn’t just fun for the little ones, by the way. Regularly at 3 pm there is also a public feeding of smart meerkats. However, dogs should be kept outside, they cannot reach them.
In addition, the park offers special adventure packages that are subject to a fee: for example, a private tour for eight ferrets costs €100 for one or two people aged 16 and over and takes one hour. For primary school children, there is a regular Saturday morning under the “Calisto Kids” theme, always on the first Saturday of the month, nine appointments at a cost of €90.
The zoo is open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and on weekends, during school holidays and public holidays from 10 am to 6 pm. The address is Ringstraße 200, 47475 Kamp-Lintfort.
Entertaining donkey: that’s what the Klappboomshof at Sonsbeck offers
If you have a weakness for donkeys, you’ve come to the right place at the Klappboomshof in Sonsbeck im Stadtveen. In addition to overnight stays at the Tiny House, the van Betay family also offers donkey hiking tours from €80 (two people and two donkeys), providing the perfect opportunity to simply close in. Persons accompanying without a donkey pay ten euros.
However, the four donkeys of the Klappboomshof are not gray animals, but white specimens. It should be especially exciting for girls and boys that the children can lead their “donkey” out of the meadow by themselves, cuddle and take care of it before they take it with them for a walk themselves. Anyone who wants to learn more about donkeys can take part in a donkey test on an old milk cart after their hike – a fun way to learn that is fun. Donkey rides start Tuesday through Sunday between 9am and 7pm and last about two hours. The Klappboomshof itself can be found at Stadtveener Straße 54, 47665 Sonsbeck.
The farm offers more than just calling donkeys: if you like, you can book workshops and learn how to tie wreaths or build decorations from pallets. More information at www.klappboomshof.de
Marvel and Browse: Alpaca at Ringgenberg Castle
The recommendation for this summer is the country café “Alpakas am Schloss” in Hamminklen. In this private café in the immediate vicinity of Ringenberg Castle, day visitors can relax and eat or drink something – the menu includes, for example, homemade cakes and waffles. Meanwhile, they can watch the friendly Rasmus alpacas in the pastures where these animals breed.
Gastronomy also includes a small shop where visitors can conveniently browse: clothes made of alpaca wool and other high-quality natural fibers are for sale here. The café is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 6pm and is located at Schloßstraße 5, 46499 Hamminkeln.
The question that worries many people about alpacas is: Do they spit? Rasim’s family said: Yes, they spat. However, they are mainly aimed at each other. People are rarely the target.
Hiking with the Alpaca: The Lopaka Ranch in Schermbeck
Another recommendation is Lopaka Ranch in Schermbeck. As the name might already suggest, this is also about the delicate camels that are native to the Andes: alpacas are also bred on this farm.
Lopaka Ranch offers its guests tours of the farm: a visit to an alpaca pasture is included, and participants can make direct contact with the animals, take pictures and gather a lot of information about the alpacas.
The farm tour takes about an hour and a half and costs 20 euros per person, children 15 euros. There is also alpaca hiking. Tour prices range from 19 to 39 euros per person, start Monday through Friday at 5 pm and last 1-2 hours.
Lopaka Ranch also has a shop that is open Monday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. From wrist warmers to hand and finger puppets to socks, there are so many beautiful things to buy here. They all have one thing in common: they’re made of alpaca wool. The farm itself can be found at Alte Fährstraße 12, 46514 Schermbeck.
Cuddling with sheep: Moers’ petting zoo
With its petting zoo, Moers offers entertaining fun with a lovable effect, even for a small family budget. It is part of the Moers amusement park near the skating hill and football fields on Venloer Straße.
There are three alpacas, ten sheep, and 30 exotic songbirds. Additionally, the site is bustling with activity because the Moers Beekeepers’ Association looks after four bee colonies on the site. According to the plan, it is planned to increase the number of animals even more in the coming months. Entry to the petting zoo is free. Children especially, even the smallest, love to visit and touch animals – they often tolerate them, get used to people and enjoy attention. If you get too much for them, they can also quit.
Friendly animals should never be fed, as this will make them sick in the long run. Förderverein Petting Zoo Moers draws attention to this. By the way, according to the association, the access and the grounds are barrier-free: this means that a visit with a wheelchair or a walker is also possible. The petting zoo is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until September. Winter times run from October to March, closing to visitors at 4:30 p.m.
Snakes & Co: Terrazoo in Rheinberg specializes in reptiles
Hardly anything is as fluffy or soft as feathers here: Terrazoo Rheinberg is a reptile-lover’s paradise – it almost looks like little dinosaur and amaze people of all ages. According to Terrazoo, it currently has about 400 animals of 100 species in its large terrariums. These can be seen from at least three sides. According to Terrazoo, there is no background so visitors can watch the rangers in action.
Adults pay 11 euros, children from 3 to 16 years old 9 euros, privileges 9 euros. By the way, there are not only reptiles, some mammals, spiders and poisonous animals are also represented in Terrazoo.
For kids, there’s always a “Super Senses of Animals” evening ride on Saturday evenings, but the zoo warns sensitive minds that live rodents are always fed. Some animals may be touched, but they are not dangerous to children. The tour takes up to three hours and costs 13.50 euros for children and 15 euros for adults. Must be reserved (02843/901685).
On the other hand, public tours are included in the admission price, on weekdays at 3 PM and 4:30 PM, on weekends and during school holidays at 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 4:30 PM. By the way, no animals are fed or fed during these short rides. Terrazoo is located at Melkweg 7 at 47495 Rheinberg.
Experience the world of birds of prey at the Grieblinger’s Falcons in Voerde
Falconry The Grieblinger in Voerde presents wonderful animals of different species, and there are many exciting shows on the topic of owls and birds of prey.
Falconer Ralph Grieblinger not only wants to entertain through his work but also wants to inform these majestic animals and thus inspire respect. The philosophy behind it is: “You only want to protect what you can see and understand.”
Falconry offers the opportunity to experience many birds of prey and owls up close. Falcon Days, for example, where interested parties can learn about the work of falcons for a period of between two hours and two days, depending on the program.
By the way – birds of prey can also be hiking companions: participants are given one of the griffins on a hawk-gloved and can go for a walk with them, usually at dusk. In the meantime, they receive information about how and where these birds live. This course takes about an hour and a half, followed by a nice drink – of course the birds are taken care of first. There is also feeding of birds of prey.
The Grieblinger falconry can be found at Risselweg 1, 46562 Voerde (Niederrhein) and the dates of individual events can be clarified in advance. More information on this can be found on the website www.falknerei-grieblinger.de
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