Bird Shows in Europe – Locarno, Switzerland
Looking to see birds of prey on your next European trip? Do you want a child-friendly activity that is educational and fun?
Visit the Locarno Bird Show in Locarno, Switzerland. Locarno is at the northern end of Lake Maggiore and is home to a spectacular bird show!
The Locarno Bird Show, or Falconeria Locarno, is an impressive one-hour show (performed twice a day). For the show, the audience sits in a large outdoor theater (which sits up to 600 people!). The audience will see an array of birds flying before them and over them. The show is in Italian and German, but even if you do not speak the language, the privilege of seeing these birds of prey is awe-inspiring.
The Locarno Falconry show has an unusual collection of birds that are not in the typical roster of bird shows. I saw birds that I have not seen before, including: the impressive bearded vulture, the adorable spectacled owl, and the powerful Steller’s sea eagle (one of the largest eagles in the world!).
If you are in the Locarno area, make a point of see the bird show!
HOW TO GET THERE:
1 – WALK – The Falconeria Locarno is not far from the main downtown. You can reach the Falconeria by walking to the Castle in Locarno, past the castle through the Piazza Castello and up the Via A. Nessi street where you will see signs to the Falconeria
2 – BUS – You can also take the 311 bus from the train station in downtown Locarno and get off at the “Palazzo FEVI” then walk a few minutes to the Falconeria (follow the signs).
Hours – Open 10am to 5pm (4pm in the winter)
Show Times – 11am and 3pm
Closed – Mondays
Prices – 25 Swiss francs for adults, 18 for children (ages 4-16), special prices for groups (*prices listed as of Summer 2017)