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.

In May 2018, people from Torgau and tourists celebrated the 30th birthday of Jette the bear, who unfortunately had to be euthanized in October 2023 at the age of 35. Despite her old age, which far exceeded the life expectancy of brown bears, she was still mobile for a long time.

Now two brown bears, Benno and Bea, live in the castle moat. They came to Torgau from North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015 as two-year-olds. The bears are well cared for, have new stables and a large outdoor enclosure. They can be seen in the castle moat during the day from February to November, depending on the weather.

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