The zoo is located in a wooded area between Königstein im Taunus and Kronberg im Taunus on a hillside.
The Opel-Zoo is the second largest zoological garden in the Rhine-Main area after the Frankfurt Zoo. It was founded in 1956 by Georg von Opel, grandson of the car maker Adam von Opel.
The landscape zoo presents 1,600 animals from over 230 animal species on an area of around 27 hectares, most of which come from Africa, Asia and Europe. These include elephants, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, red pandas, cheetahs, kangaroos and many others. The elephant enclosure is one of the largest in Germany.
The zoo is particularly suitable for families with children. There is a petting zoo, where children can stroke goats and sheep and experience them. Children can also ride ponies and camels. There are barbecue hats and large adventure playgrounds.