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

OPening Times

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, as a security measure, BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach is closed to the public until further notice. The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is always our highest priority. During this time, we will continue to ensure that our animals are being provided with everything they need. We hope to open again very soon and apologise for any inconvenience. 



Adults: 8,00 €

Children (6-14): 5,00 €

Reduced fee: 6,00 €



BÄRENWALD Arbesbach 

Schönfeld 18 
3925 Arbesbach

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The BÄRENWALD 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:New Link
BÄRENWALD Arbesbach gGmbH
Schönfeld 18
A-3925 Arbesbach

Tel .: 02813/7604
Fax: 02813/760315

Link to public transport pl to the BEAR SANCTUARY

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 WA1 bus at 8:20 to Zwettl Kampparkplatz and from there take the WA33 bus at 9:15 am to the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach (arrival at 9:59 am).

Returns are available at 13:26 and at 18:05. You can download all travel times in detail as well as further information on the public arrival and departure as a PDF file here:

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:

Link to the BEAR SANCTUARY timetable Gmünd / Schrems / Göpfritz / Eggenburg

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 15:03).
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:

Link to the BEAR SANCTUARY timetable Linz 


Frau Johanna Auer
Rammelhof 36, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel.: +43-2813-581

Privatzimmer - Ferienwohnung Winkler

Schloßberg 132, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-248 oder 446
(Neben der Ruine Arbesbach)

Gästehaus Huber

Kamp 25, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-7290

Gasthaus Kerschbaummayr

Linzerstr. 6, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-230

Frühstückspension Fam. Reichard

Linzerstr. 2, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-7007

Kirchenwirt Lichtenwallner

Altmelon 2, 3925 Altmelon
Tel: +43-2813-302

Gasthof Einfalt

Schloßberg 132, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-248 oder 446
(Neben der Ruine Arbesbach)

Ferien Hof Stanzl

BIO Bauernhof Grünbach 9, 3911 Rapottenstein
Tel: +43-2828-8319

Gasthof & Pension Seidl

Pretrobruck 17, 3925 Arbesbach
Tel: +43-2813-410

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

Hammerschmiedekamp - Blacksmith Museum Arbesbach

Gemeinde Arbesbach
Tel.: +43 2813 7000

Castle Rappottenstein

Rappottenstein 85, 3911 Rappottenstein
Tel.: +43 2828 8250

Farm Museum

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

Waldviertler Paper Mill

Familie Mörzinger
Bad Großpertholz 76, 3972 Bad Großpertholz
Tel.: +43 2857 2240

Amethyst Welt

Maissauer Amethyst Gesellschaft mbH
Horner Straße 36, 3712 Maissau
Tel.: +43 2958 84 840-0

Unterwasserreich Schrems

UnterWasserReich Naturpark Hochmoor Betriebs GmbH
Moorbadstraße 4, 3943 Schrems
Tel: +43 2853 76334

Sun World / Sonnenwelt Groß Schönau

Sonnenplatz 1, 3922 Großschönau
Tel.:+43 2815 77 270 50


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


To offer our bears freedom and a home!

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