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BEAR SANCTUARY ARBESBACH

The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach offers brown bears from bad keeping conditions an animal-friendly home since 1998. At present, three brown bears live on a total area of 14,000 square meters. 

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Opening Hours

Open daily from 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
until November 2nd

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Arrival

BÄRENWALD 
Arbesbach 
Schönfeld 18 
3925 Arbesbach

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Tickets 
& Rates

Adults: 8,00 € 
Children (6-14): 5,00 €
Reduced fee: 6,00 €

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The Sanctuary

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How to get there

The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach is located in the Waldviertel near the Upper Austrian border.
From Arbesbach on the B 124 direction Linz, you reach the BEAR SANCTUARY 3 km after the village center Arbesbach.

Address:
BÄRENWALD Arbesbach gGmbH
Schönfeld 18
A-3925 Arbesbach
 
From Vienna via car:

  • drive in the direction of Krems
  • from Krems on the route B37 to Rastenfeld
  • then on the B38 until Groß Meinharts
  • there turn left and drive to Arbesbach

From Linz via car:

  • Option 1: drive on the motorway A7 and 
  • then on the route S10 in the direction of Freistadt
  • then continue on the B38 in the direction of Zwettl (Lower Austria)
  • in Groß Gerungs drive in the direction of Arbesbach
     
  • Option 2: drive on the motorway A7 in the direction of Freistadt
  • take the exit "Unterweitersdorf"
  • then continue on the B 124 in the direction of Königswiesen
     

Find out how to get to the BEAR SANCTUARY via public transport here!
In addition to the convenient arrival, there is a 50% discount on your entrance ticket on presentation of the ticket!

From Vienna, St. Pölten, Krems and Zwettl you reach the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach Monday to Friday, when working day with train and bus at the following times:

From Vienna Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof by train REX2806 at 7:05 am or from St. Pölten Hbf by train R6215 at 7:05 am to Krems. From Krems take the Bus 170 at 8:20 to Zwettl Kampparkplatz and from there take the bus 735 at 9:13 am to the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach (arrival at 10:00 am).
Returns are available at 13:27 and at 18:03. You can download all travel times in detail as well as further information on the public arrival and departure as a PDF-file here (in German):

Link to the BEAR SANCTUARY timetable Vienna / St.Pölten / Krems / Zwettl

From Gmünd, Schrems, Waidhofen / Thaya, Vitis as well as from Göpfritz and Allentsteig you can reach the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach on public transport from Monday to Friday. You can download the exact driving times as a PDF-file here (in German):

Link to the BEAR SANCTUARY timetable Gmünd / Schrems / Göpfritz 

From Linz you can reach the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach daily by bus 348 at 1:54 pm from the stop Linz Chemiepark (arrival at the BEAR SANCTUARY at 3:03 pm).
The return takes place on all days at 7:29 pm. The detailed timetables in detail as well as further information on the public arrival and departure can be downloaded here as a PDF-file (in German):


Link to the BEAR SANCTUARY timetable Linz 
 

ACCOMODATIONS

Simandelmühle

Mrs Johanna Auer
Rammelhof 36, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-581
e-mail: simandlmuehle@gmx.at
www.urlaubambauernhof.at/simandlmuehle

Privatzimmer - Ferienwohnung Winkler

Schloßberg 132, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-248 or +43-2813-248-446
e-mail: kontakt@pension-winkler.com
www.pensin-winkler.com
(next to castle ruin Arbesbach)

Gästehaus Huber

Kamp 25, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-7290
e-mail: gaestehaus.huber@wvnet.at
www.gaestehaus-huber.at

Roo’n Lodges Kolm

Schönfeld 183925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43 2813-242
e-mail: office@roon.at
www.roon.at

Gasthaus Kerschbaummayr

 Linzerstr. 6, 3925 Arbesbach 
Tel.: +43-2813-230 
e-mail: office@kerschbaummayr.at
www.kerschbaummayr.at

Frühstückspension Fam. Reichard

Linzerstr. 2, 3925 Arbesbach 
Tel.: +43-2813-7007 
e-mail: office@reichard-gmbh.at
www.reichard-gmbh.at

Urlaubsreich

Berta & Martin Lugmayr
Arbesbach 60
3925 Arbesbach

Tel.: +43 660 2813 001
e-mail: info@urlaubsreich.at
www.urlaubsreich.at

Kirchenwirt Lichtenwallner

Altmelon 2, 3925 Altmelon 
Tel.: +43-2813-302 
e-mail: info@gasthof-lichtenwallner.at
www.gasthof-lichtenwallner.at

Gasthof Einfalt

Kinzenschlag 11, 3920 Groß Gerungs
Tel.: +43-2812-8320
e-mail: gasthof@einfalt.net
www.gasthof-einfalt.at

Ferien Hof Stanzl

BIO Bauernhof Grünbach 9, 3911 Rapottenstein
Tel.: +43-2828-8319
e-mail: ferienhof@stanzl.at
www.stanzl.at

Gasthof & Pension Seidl

Pretrobruck 17, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-410
e-mail: info@baerenhof-kolm.at
www.gasthofseidl.at

PLACES TO VISIT

In addition to its wonderful landscape, the Waldviertel has many impressive and interesting places to visit.

But see for yourself. We have listed some travel tips for you here:

Hiking in the footsteps of ancient times with Elfriede Gründstäudl

Altmelon 38, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-7423 oder +43-664-240-53-12
email: e.gruenstaeudl@gmx.at

Hammerschmiedekamp - Blacksmith Museum Arbesbach

Gemeinde Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-7000
email: gemeinde@arbesbach.at
www.arbesbach.at

Castle Rappottenstein

Rappottenstein 85, 3911 Rappottenstein 
Tel.:  +43-2828-8250 
email: burg@atf.at 
www.burg-rappottenstein.at

Farm Museum

Familie Wagner - Wachtelhof 
Schwarzau 25, 3925 Atlmelon 
Tel.: +43-2813-257 
www.wachtelhof.at

Waldviertler Paper Mill

Familie Mörzinger 
Bad Großpertholz 76, 3972 Bad Großpertholz 
Tel.: +43-2857-2240 
email: papiermuehle@a1.net 
www.papiermuehle.at

Amethyst Welt

Maissauer Amethyst Gesellschaft mbH 
Horner Straße 36, 3712 Maissau 
Tel.: +43-2958-84-840-0 
email: office@amethystwelt.at 
www.amethystwelt.at

Unterwasserreich Schrems

UnterWasserReich Naturpark Hochmoor Betriebs GmbH 
Moorbadstraße 4, 3943 Schrems  
Tel.: +43-2853-76334  
email: info@unterwasserreich.at
www.unterwasserreich.at

Sun World / Sonnenwelt Groß Schönau

Sonnenplatz 1, 3922 Großschönau 
Tel.:+43-2815-77-270-50 
email: office@sonnenwelt.at 
www.sonnenwelt.at

OUR BEARS

Three bears live in the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach. Most have a sad prehistory.

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