The Montagne des Singes in Kintzheim is a wildlife park hosting more than 200 free Barbary macaques (or magots). This is a classic must-do with kids in Alsace! As an adult, I thought I would go there for a quick visit, just to see if the place was pleasant and to take a few pictures. In the end, it’s also a very nice visit for adults!
Here I am, spending one hour taking pictures of the apes, reading signs about their lifestyle, the conservation of the species, their eating patterns and their social behaviour and… giving them popcorn. Visitors are indeed given a handful of popcorn at the entrance and they can give it freely to the macaques of the Montagne des Singes. The apes are impressively gentle, with adults and kids: you hand them popcorn, they calmly extend their arm to take it carefully and to bring it to their mouth. Quite a magical moment for young and old alike!
The great specificity and the magic of this site is that the apes are ranging freely in the 24 hectares that make up the park of the Montagne des Singes. Some of them therefore come to watch tourists pass by, hoping to get some popcorn. Others play, nap or delouse each other. They are very funny to observe and I could have stayed there for hours… I think I will even go back! To be able to walk freely among the apes and to see them evolve with ease and tranquility offer moments of magical and intense encounters, full of emotions for young and old alike! The Montagne des Singes in Alsace has nothing to with an ordinary zoo. One thing is certain: you will remember your unique visit and all these animal encounters. Something tells me that, at a turn of the forest path, you might even catch pretty views over the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle.
Must-see tourist site in Alsace, the Montagne des Singes is also an important conservation site and a dedicated reserve, where the magots can evolve in an environment close to their original wildlife environment, as the species of Barbary macaques has been listed in 2008 on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list of threatened species. The park intends to raise public awareness to the protection of the species and to work for its conversation.
Magic, emotions, encounters, awareness and a pleasant walk are awaiting you at the Montagne des Singes in Alsace!
- Being able to observe apes from up close in their daily lives
- Being able to give popcorn to the apes!
- Walking around the park at my own pace
- Pass Alsace partner
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My pictures of the Montagne des Singes
Prices and opening times
You will find here the opening times and prices for la Montagne des Singes.
Admission is free for Pass Alsace holders!
There are regular feeding sessions (approximately every 45 minutes).
For kids, a treasure hunt is given for free at the park entrance.
The address is as follows: La Montagne des Singes – Lieu-dit La Wick – 67600 Kintzheim, located:
- 26km from Colmar (about 30 minutes drive)
- 58km from Strasbourg (about 50 minutes)
- 68km from Mulhouse (about 50 minutes)
Be careful not to confuse Kintzeim with Kientzheim! Yes, I will grant it to you, it’s quite confusing!
By public transport
The line 500 of the network 67 “Navette du Haut Koenigsbourg” stops at La Montagne des Singes and takes 20 minutes from Sélestat train station. However, this is not a daily service. Please refer to this website for the days and times of operation of the line 500.
In order to calculate your itinerary from your starting point, the website Fluo is very well made!
A small restaurant offers snacks at the entrance of the Montagne des Singes. It is open all day long. I have not tried it. Otherwise, a picnic area is also available at the park entrance.