The Arbesbach BEAR SANCTUARY (BÄRENWALD) is a project run by the “VIER PFOTEN” animal protection foundation and offers a new home to former circus bears and caged bears
Situated in a forest area of 1.5 hectares, our seven bears are offered a well thought out programme of activities. Along a circular route, visitors can gain an insight into the bears’ everyday lives. The behaviour of the animals, their fates and traits are at the forefront of the lovingly designed facility and arouse understanding and interest in aspects of the relationship between humans and animals.
The walk along the visitor’s path, about 500 m in length, is livened up by a variety of playing facilities. There are exhibitions, a low ropes course, a movie room, an obstacle course and a souvenir shop – all of which offer original insights into the world of bears and other animals.
The Arbesbach BEAR SANCTUARY is also a show garden. The bears share their surroundings with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Outside the bear forest, the Bear Trail offers opportunities for extended multi-day rambles or shorter walks in the unique pristine landscape around Arbesbach.
Four-legged guests are welcome! In the originally designed dog zone, your dog can roam free while you learn about the VIER PFOTEN foundation’s animal welfare projects related to dogs. In addition, a water station offers the right bowl for every dog.
Combine a Visit to the Bears with Enjoyment of Nature on the Bear Trail:
Nestled in one of the most pristine corners of the Waldviertel, the Bear Trail network of hiking trails invites you to extensive forays beyond the BEAR SANCTUARY. Further information about multi-day trekking tours on the Bear Trail, but also about our shorter, family-friendly hiking tours – the so-called Teddy Bear Trails – can be found on: www.baerentrail.at
We will also send you a map on request.
The BEAR SANCTUARY can be experienced live, or via our website, in English, German and Czech.
At the BEAR SANCTUARY we offer biology-related content in age-appropriate children’s and youth programmes (duration approx. 4 hours). We offer information regarding these programmes as well as teaching material for downloading at:
www.baerenwald.at or also at: www.waldviertel.at/baerenwald-arbesbach
- We offer a wide variety of culinary options: both a gourmet restaurant and a kiosk, for small snacks, are available in the immediate vicinity (baerenhof-kolm.at)
- Accessible by public transport (Bus Line WA 33)
- Facilities for motorcyclists to clean their helmet visors
- Parking directly in front of the entrance
24 March – 4 November. Daily: 10:00 – 18:00
Guided Tours (duration approx. 1 hour):
– Booked Guided Tour: Must book in advance! – Possible at any time (please book at least 3 days before the desired date)
Individual or Group (max. 25 people)
Flat Rate: €25.00
– Scheduled Tour (no booking required):
Wednesdays & Fridays: 15:00
Tour Tickets: Adult: €3.00; Child (over 6): €1.50
Adult: € 8,-
Child (aged 6 – 14): €5.00
Child (U6): FREE
Discount (Student, Pupil, Senior, Austrian National Service Personnel): €6.00
Family Ticket (2 adults + 1 child): €17.00
Each Additional Child: €4.50
Group: (10 people or more) *
School Class, Youth Group: €4.50
Children’s and Youth’s Programme: €10.00
Kindergarten (price per person): €1.00
* Groups may be joined by 2 accompanying persons for FREE!
FREE – with the NÖ CARD
NÖ Cards cannot be bought or renewed at the Arbesbach BEAR SANCTUARY