The Bears Of Bad Rippoldsau

Lars and I spent part of our summer in Germany, in the Black Forest to be more specific. Although we had been here before, we came back with a special mission: to photograph bears.

Bad Rippoldsau is the home of the Alternativer Wolf- und Bärenpark Schwarzwald, where about a dozen bears from all over Europe have found refuge after a life of abuse in a.o. zoos and circuses. Wolves and 2 lynxes call this nature park their home as well.

Once you approach Bad Rippoldsau, the park is very well indicated and you really cannot miss the entrance.

The entrance fee is 7 euros, but there are discounts for e.g. children and seniors. At the time of our visit, electronic payment was not available and we didn’t have any cash money on us, but somehow we got in for free!

Lars and I felt quite excited when we saw bear cubs running around and playing.

Our attention shifted to some of the bigger bears. Unfortunately, some of them have serious health issues, ranging from severe arthrosis to blindness.

This bear was quite reluctant to have its picture taken.

Lucky for me, a huge bear sat down, high on a hill, quite close to the fence, thus enabling me to take some stunning close-ups. This was without any doubt the best moment of the year. I am enormously grateful for these 20 minutes with this magnificent animal.

Lars and I started to wonder whether we would have the same luck with the wolves…

And we did…

By the way, the path that takes you around the park is about 2 kilometres long.

The only lynx we saw was clearly not in the mood to be photographed. We waited for a long time for it to change position but to no avail.

Lars and I spent more than 2 hours in the park. If you are interested in animal welfare, we warmly recommend a visit here. Afterwards, you can have a drink and a snack.

The park has an official website: The address is Rippoldsauerstrasse 36/1 in Bad Rippoldsau.


  • stripSearchLA October 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    These are great nature pictures. Bears are probably my favorite animals and you have captured them beautifully in these photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ingrid D. November 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I have to admit that bears are my favourite animals as well and I was extremely happy about this photographic opportunity.

  • unclerave November 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Awesome! Maybe, some day, I’ll make it to this one of my ancestral homelands! — YUR

    • Ingrid D. November 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      And we sincerely hope you will!


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