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Planckendael, Mechelen

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.3/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Providing animals with open space that matches their original habitat is the goal of Planckendael, a very modern zoo. Occasionally some animals are released from the habitats to walk among the people, such as a parade of penguins that follows a handler's bucket of fish. Kids will appreciate the petting zoo, where they can touch friendly goats, while adults may prefer the large cats and the elephants. Ask for a map and a list of feeding times at the ticket kiosk to help you plan your day. Consider bringing a picnic lunch with you to save money on food. You can also save a few euros on the entrance fee by purchasing a ticket online. The habitats are large and take time to walk around, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. A visit to Planckendael represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mechelen trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • A day trip for adults with or without children! Wonderful how everything rolled into one entwined is: nature, buildings, animals, peace pictures, walking paths, dining facilities. Everything is there for a fantastic dagervaring in open nature!
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  • First discovery of this place! What a pleasure to walk through the trails! This zoo is very clean! Really intended for children also with the many golf courses as they are reserved for them in the Park! The entry is reasonable! Only downside, the parking price... €8... to advise all the way in the region of Mechelen!
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  • During the visit to Planckendael it occurred to me that there are a great many green was, there was more green than animals so it seemed then surely during my visit. The stay of the animals are nicely decorated and I also had the idea that there is much for the animals. Unfortunately not all the animals were well visible and if something is where you come to a zoo for it is to animals. The day of my visit also had a bird show where I came across by chance, there was no program guide which indicated that there would be a bird show or an agenda with feed times. This I found very sorry. All in all, a fun Zoo but no second time.
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  • Nice spacious zoo, lots of things to do for kids, well themed. Section with European animals a bit small though. Compensated with a large Asian, African and American section. Pity they don't have an aquarium. Recommended in general.
  • This zoo is a pleasant environment. We didn't expect this to be so much fun and nicely kept. It is much nicer as the zoo in Antwerp. It is much less crowded (and vast) as Paira Daiza. While the idea is the same (and in some parts you are reminded of Jurassic park, even), you are closer to the animals and need to walk less to see new animals. Today was a more rainy day but it left the park nearly entirely to ourselves: the animals are well kept and look happy. The different "continent" themes place animals together (educational) while it also gives a bit of structure and atmosphere in the different regions of the park. Some parts allow feeding of animals and there are restaurants that fit in each continent-theme. Including a playground. It surely gives variety to the experience. You'll go between looking at animals, climbing on some ropes or banging on a drum in a tipi to climb on a hill to discover new animals. Very enjoyable for children and adults. The only aspect to improve is the way you navigate the park. We have seen Asia 4 times while circling around the elephants. The different sections are only very subtle connected and transitioned. (if you miss the path to the other section, you're going in circles) It gives a larger sense of discovery and "natural environment".. But it could've be a bit better indicated. Very nice park in all. And a very pleasant atmosphere!
  • A day full of joy. Beautiful place and so awesome how they Let kids and adults Have such close contact with animals! My boys enjoyed it and i even More!
  • This zoo has really upped its game the last few years. The way the routes are laid out it feels much bigger than it is and a lot of animals are auite approachable. If you just want the kids to have a great time the playgrounds are excellent as well!
  • A beautiful zoo where you can spend a nice day with your family. Well adapted for children. A bit expensive as always in such places in Belgium. Limited offer for snacks.
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