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. Using our world travel planner, Mechelen attractions like Planckendael can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Not too big zoo, but big enough for a whole day program. There is a big playground in the middle, and there are many little ones at each part. It's better if you bring foods yourself for the tour. The variety of animals are also good!
  • Very amazing place, with a lot of animals...... is an excellent option for a Saturday or Sunday..... you can bring your own food, and also have a very good service.....
  • Great zoo to visit with kids. Quick 20 mins drive from Brussels. Parking available in front of zoo for 8 euros.
  • Lots of animals in a beautiful area. A nice place to spend a day to relax, also plenty of areas for children to play. Plenty of parking space.
  • Very kids friendly zoo with plenty of space and playground for them. Several restaurants and a bonus point for the delicious pizza.

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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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