The Alsatian Eagles’ Volerie is, along with the Monkey Mountain, one of the must-see activities to do with children in Alsace. I had been there myself when I was a child, when I was visiting Alsace with my parents. I didn’t remember much about it, so it was a pleasure to go back and visit it again, even as an adult!
Where is the eagles’ aviary?
It is located in an unusual place: the castle of Kintzheim, an impressive medieval castle in ruins dating from the 13th century, perched on the heights of the village.
Visit the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim
The Aviary of Eagles in Alsace is the first aviary in France, created in 1968, with a vocation to restore the image of these birds to the public, to reproduce them, but also to support actions of conservation of the species and to sensitize to the importance of the biodiversity. It presents some endangered raptors. The aviary has its own breeding center (the first breeding center in France, created in 1979) and hopes one day to reintroduce into the wild species that have disappeared from our regions.
The Volerie des Aigles presents a large number of birds and species (more than 70 species), with for example:
- Among diurnal raptors, the Steller’s Eagle, which is the largest and most powerful eagle (with a wingspan of 2.5m) and the White-tailed Eagle;
- among the nocturnal raptors the Great Gray Owl, which is one of the largest owls, the Great Horned Owl, the Barn Owl (heroine in Harry Potter! Yes!) or the Spectacled Owl
The birds of prey are housed in the castle. It is therefore possible to admire the birds of prey and to learn more about them thanks to the explanatory cards proposed, while enjoying the visit of the castle. Don’t forget the beautiful view of the village, the Alsace plain and the German Black Forest in the background.
Shows of the Volerie des Aigles d’Alsace
It is not conceivable to visit the Volerie des Aigles d’Alsace without attending one of the shows during which the birds are presented in free flight. The show, which lasts about 40 minutes, is breathtaking and allows you to admire different species of birds of prey such as falcons, eagles, buzzards, vultures, owls and Andean condors, among the most beautiful and largest raptors in the world. It is very impressive to see them flying in the sky, especially when they shave the heads of the spectators! Strong sensations guaranteed!
Adults and children can also participate in the flight presentation by landing a raptor on their arm with a trainer, just like a real falconer. A unique opportunity rich in emotions! The air show is also very interesting from a theoretical point of view: you learn a lot about the way of life and habits of these birds. I was particularly impressed by the dexterity of the eagles and the ingenuity of the Egyptian vulture, which uses rocks to break up ostrich eggs and feed. Ingenious, right?
Duration of the visit: how long does it take to visit the Aviary of the Eagles?
Count on about 1h30 for the visit of the Volerie des Aigles (including 40 minutes of show).
Eagle’s flight, monkey’s mountain and Haut-Koenigsbourg
The Volerie des Aigles is located right next to another famous animal park in Alsace, the Montagne des Singes, as well as the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, a must-see in Alsace. I advise you to take the opportunity to visit all three, they are all worth it!
- Observe raptors up close
- See raptors fly and learn more about their lifestyle
- The place itself
- Partner of the Pass Alsace
I liked less
- The raptors are attached. I heard that these are birds that hardly move in their natural environment once they have fed (they only move to hunt) but it felt strange.
My photos of the Volerie des Aigles
Rates, opening hours and tickets
For Pass Alsace holders, the entrance is free!
Exceptional days” are proposed, during which it is possible to learn about dressage and to fly some of them yourself. The price of these days is donated to associations for the protection of nature.
Access: how to get to the Aviary of the Eagles,
The address is as follows: Château de Kintzheim 67600 Kintzheim (not to be confused with Kientzhein in the 68). The castle of Kintzheim is located in:
- 22 km from Colmar (about 25 minutes)
- 57 km from Strasbourg (about 45 minutes)
- 64 km from Mulhouse (about 45 minutes)
By public transport
The line 500 of the network 67 “Navette du Haut Koenigsbourg” serves the Volerie des Aigles in 15 minutes from the station of Sélestat. Attention, it does not circulate every day. I invite you to consult the operating days and schedules of the 500 line.
To calculate your route directly from your starting point, consult the Fluo site.
Where to eat? Catering at the Volerie des Aigles
There is a small restaurant in the castle. I have not tested it.