Outdoor Bear Enclosure at Torgau Castle
Real brown bears can be found in the outdoor bear enclosure in front of Torgau Castle. This is a long-standing tradition.
The first bears were documented in 1425. When the Electors relocated to Dresden and the castle began to serve other purposes like the housing of soldiers, no bears remained. But the people of Torgau built an outdoor enclosure in the castle moat in the early 1950s. The first two bears arrived as a gift from Leipzig Zoo.
Torgau locals and tourists celebrated the 30th birthday of the bear Jette in May 2018. Benno and Bea are 25 years younger and came to Torgau from North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015.
The bears are treated well; they have a new barn and large outdoor enclosure. Depending on the weather, they can be seen in the moat throughout the day from February to November.