Planckendael, Mechelen

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    It's amazing how large the park is and you can walk around in all day without problem so a & play with the children. There are on peaks such as yesterday (warm summer day) more than enough dining options and prices are democratic. We ate 2 x outside, once to the water (main restaurant) and once the Stork in the pizza restaurant with a large terrace and outdoor playground. Of course, we must not forget the animals. Are they all in cages or even much wider meadows. The feed moments are not to be missed as well as the bird of prey show. Here an there you will see that there are some matters could, such as better sight for the little ones is not everywhere well because they not bv on the upper walls.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Really centered on children: a lot of playgrounds, of structures on the what mounted, climbed, bridges, between the different pens. It's great for children who for the most part get tired fast animals. On the other hand, for adults who visit the park without children, neglecting all of these games, visit boils down quickly to a passage from one field to another. Different continents are few brands in the decoration (especially when we went to paradais to front) there are plenty of catering and picnic space. On the other hand, it could be more toilets so feel free to go there when you see. Car parks are well indicated and agencies but € 8 is outrageous. Even when there are a lot of people are easily walkable in the park where the different circuits in the continents are arrows. We found it easily. About the spectacle of the raptors, arrive a little in advance to settle in the bleachers for the Raptors who spend above your heads. Panels are in 2 languages, but the animations are in Dutch. On the approach of some animals do not expect to touch little monkeys or lemurs as in other parks. Anyway, I had a good day but I will not return and for that price I prefer paradaisa.
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  • August 16, 2017
    many animals and to see clearly. idea of the world share is good but the park can tidier. best to visit with a b day trip. the train is as good as free as you are comparing with entrance and parking ticket.
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  • July 4, 2017
    Easy to arrive, big parking, family friendly. You can see a lot of animals and walk in some special rooms where you can interact with some animals. There are also huge playgrounds for the children.
  • June 26, 2017
    The place is really large. Animals look very happy. As good as Pairi Daiza and less crowded.
  • July 6, 2017
    Very fun and friendly place to go out with the kid. Elephants are the best.
  • June 25, 2017
    Easy to arrive, big parking, family friendly. You can see animals but also the kids can play on huge playgrounds.
  • May 20, 2017
    Planckendael is really nice place to visit. the animals are well taken care. Fun place for kids.

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Visitors to small-town Mechelen are served by medium-priced hotels in the historical center. This entire area is walkable, so it won't be hard to find accommodations close to the main attractions. For a room with a little more culture and character, try staying in a bed and breakfast run by locals.
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