Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Belgium  /  Flanders  /  Antwerp Province  /  Mechelen  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Planckendael

Planckendael, Mechelen

(4.4/5 based on 700+ 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.
Create a full Mechelen itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Mechelen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Mechelen by other users

14 days in Belgium BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Mechelen BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Mechelen BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Mechelen BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Mechelen BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Mechelen BY A USER FROM BELGIUM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Belgium BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Belgium, Delft & Maastricht BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Mechelen BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Mechelen BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Animals have slightly more space than in another Zoo. A period with a lot of newborn animals such as giraffe, elephant, ... Sadly by the bird flu. As a result, there was a lot of closed for safety. On the other hand, the organisation notified via their website. It remains pricey: average 20 Euro per person. But when you consider what the maintenance costs of the park, gardens, animals, etc. It is best with it. For each there is taste ...
    View original
  • This zoo is an annex of the Antwerp zoo. It has a large collection of animals, for example a great new penguin area. The zoo is organized around continents and has well set-up viewing areas. It also h...  more »
  • A zoo otherwise... it is a park or you walk surrounded by enclosures of animals. Of the many full games punctuate your walk. There is something for all ages. For children do not forget the farm where children will be able to pet the goats goats and an Alpaka. It's for me a wonderful walk with the turning of giraffes, zebras, lions... an opportunity to see the anmimaux out of a cage (instead of the enclosure). The only downside is the food, value for money expensive and off seasons bcp bars are closed. Therefore the watchword is: take your picnic... often better and certainly more affordable.
    View original
Google
  • Nice zoo. Wide area for walking. Pleased to see wooden barriers, bamboo stairs, and everything is quite natural. Lots of attractions for kids - climbing, running, playing with water, "rafting", sliding, etc. Good place to visit with family.
  • It caneasily go toe to toe with Pari Daiza. Continuously changing and improving, so worth the occasional re-visit.
  • 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.
  • Nice zoo. When you start at Europe you might get the feeling that this will be a very small park, but Europe is the smallest part of the park, so don't let it fool you. Pairi Daiza's still my favourite zoo in Belgium, but this one comes next.
  • 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!