Frankfurt/Main main station is well connected to the German ICE network and accessible easily from all over Germany. Take an urban railway (S-Bahn) here (line: S4) and exit at "Kronberg(Taunus)". Here take the bus no. 261 heading to Königstein and exit at the "Opel-Zoo" stop.
Use the highway A5 and change at "Westkreuz Frankfurt" to A648, later at Eschborner Dreieck to A66 (direction: Wiesbaden/Köln/Frankfurt-Höchst). Take the exit no. 16 "Frankfurt a.M.-Höchst" and follow the signposts. Free parking directly at the zoo.
At the Kronberg(Taunus) railway station take the bus no. 261, heading to Königstein and exit at the "Opel-Zoo" stop.
From the Frankfurt am Main airport take any train (regional train, urban railway) to Frankfurt main station and take the urban railway (S-Bahn) S4 here. Exit at Kronberg(Taunus) and take the bus no. 261, heading to Königstein. Exit at the "Opel-Zoo" stop.
In addition to the Frankfurt Zoo the Opel-Zoo in Kronberg (Taunus) is the second large zoological garden in Hesse. It was established in 1956 as a research institution.
Nowadays the Opel-Zoo is one of the mostly visited recreational and cultural facilities in Hesse. The visitor finds more than 1,400 animals from more than 200 different species from all continents and climate zones – from the perpetual ice in the pole regions to the rain forests around the equator. The Opel-Zoo is financing itself exclusively from entrance fees and donations. No public funds are necessary.
Especially fallow deer is one of the highlights here. The Opel-Zoo took part successfully in a programme to prevent the Mesopotamian fallow deer from its eradication. A major part of all fallow deers in all zoological gardens worldwide are coming originally from the Opel-Zoo in Kronberg.
It's allowed to feed many of the animals here which is especially nice for kids. Actually there are many events especially for kids, such as guided tours with detailed explanations about the particular animals. Additionally kids and their parents have the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays in the zoo – with amazing games and a very special experience.
There is a large elephant area which was newly built in 2013. Currently, there are three female and one male African elephants, and probably there will be new elephant calves in future – who knows. In 1965, the African elephant "Afrika" was born, and this was the second African elephant which was born in a zoo at all (the first one was born 1941 in Munich).
The zoo offers different events regularly, such as the "Streichelzoo-Führerschein" ("petting zoo license) for kids aged 6 or older or public guided tours etc. So there is a large adventure playground for toddlers as well as older kids.
A couple of restaurants, kiosks and snack bars completes the offer. Additionally there are barbecue areas (that have to be pre-ordered) as well as many picnic grounds where one can eat and drink own food.
The Opel-Zoo in Kronberg is worth a visit for sure, and one day is the least of time that one should plan for a visit.
Escape Address: Königsteiner Straße 35, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus, Kronberg im Taunus, Hesse, Germany
'Castle ruins Falkenstein' – Falkenstein as a district of Königstein is a climatic spa. The castle was built in the middle of the 14th century. After the Thirty Years War, it addicted more and more. From here one has an astonishing view over the Rhine Main plain. Attention: the castle ruins can be reached on foot only (330 meters uphill).
Being in Kronberg, it's a "MUST" to make a visit on Frankfurt that is not far away. The "Zeil" in the Frankfurt city center is one of the most popular shopping areas in Germany. It's 1.2 km long (500 m are built as a pedestrian area), and the visitor finds anything (s)he wants to find. There is all what the heart desires – fashion, shoes, beauty/cosmetics ... even an Apple store can be found here.
The Bad Homburg castle was the summer residence of the Prussian kings and the german emperors after 1866. Originally it was built by the landgraves of Hesse-Homburg. It's outperformed by the "white tower", a castle keep which is Bad Homburg's landmark today. There is a beautiful large park which belongs to the castle. Garden and castle can be viewed during the entire year.
The "Taunus Therme" in Bad Homburg is a water and spa park with a water plain of more than 1,400 sq meters. Apart from different bassins there's a large spa area with whirlpools, saunas, steam bath, tanning booths, brine baths etc. Additionally there are many offers for massage, beauty treatments etc.