Bear sanctuary

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Established in 2005, occasionally open to the public in 2008, located in the forest on the hill at the entrance in Zarnesti city, 2 km from national Park Piatra Craiului, on the road 73A Rasnov – Zarnesti – Sibiu in the former military camp, Zarnesti Libearty with an area of 69 hectares is the first nature reserve for captive bears in Romania.

The Libearty Sanctuary was created in the memory of Maia, the bear and now it is home for 100 bears, rescued from a cruel and abusive life of captivity. The most of the bears in the Sanctuary were saved from the most miserable and small cages where they were only a reason of fun for restaurants, hotels, factories, gas stations, circuses or, even monasteries.

For safety reasons, for the smooth running of the visits and for the welfare of the bears, children under 5 will not be allowed in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Please, be ready to present a document that certifies the age of your child/children.

In order to avoid queuing and ensure your entrance for the desired day and hour, please buy your tickets online here: Buy tickets online

Bear Sanctuary schedule and prices :




This adjustment was determined by the increase of the price for utilities and food of the bears and of the taxes that we need to pay to the authorities.

The students benefit of the special price only before the age of 25 and if they proof their quality with their student ID!

Children groups must book their place at least 48 hours before the visit. The price of the children tickets is available for people under 18 years old.
CHAPERONS benefit of free entrance, IF they present the proof they are teachers (a paper from the school they represent and their ID), limited as one chaperon for 10 children.

Groups that book their places at one of the following phone numbers: +40 268 471 202 or +40 722.533.895 (available from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 16:00) or through an e-mail to or, with minimum 48 hours before, for a private tour, they can benefit of this service if they pay an extra fee of 150 de euro/group, except the access ticket in the Sanctuary.

The VIP Tour is available at 9.00 a.m., during the summer schedule or at 10.00 or 11.00 a.m., during the winter schedule. The tour lasts for two and a half hours and includes a visit at the first teddy bear museum in Romania and one at the bunker from where the bears can be observed right from the middle of their enclosure.
The cost of the VIP tour includes the private tour fee of 150 plus a 50 euro/person fee.
In order to benefit of a VIP tour, you must book your visit either on the phone: (+40) 268 471 202 or (+40)722.533.895, either through an e-mail at or, at least 48 hours before the visit.

20 lei/adult
10 lei/child
Full capacity of the train is 23 seats.
The train tour is available for groups of minimum 7 paying adults and you need to book it at least 48 hours before your visit.
The train is not available during winter.
The road does not fit stroller or wheelchair access.
Using any kind of video or photo camera in the Sanctuary means and extra 50 lei fee for each device.
The fee for those who wish to make documentaries inside the Sanctuary is 200 euro/hour of filming.
1. Phone numbers:
+40 268 471 202 or +40 722.533.895 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m to 4 p.m.)
2. E-mails: or


This is not a zoo!
This is our forest so please respect it!
Do not through us food as we do not need it!
Do not use you flash lights! We do not like it!
Do not eat in front of us! It is rude!
Do not approach the electric fence! It is dangerous!
Stick together, follow your guide and listen carefully and patient to our stories!
Do not make noises!
This way, we will know you are our friends!

Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romania Interior of Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romania

Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romaniai Brown bears at Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romania