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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  • Amusement park with many activities for children. Everyone is benefiting, many animals presented in their workplaces, the giraffe the elephant through the parrots, monkeys... Games for children but also for adults, courses in the trees... Careful you have to walk a lot, but it's part of the charm of the place a lot of food options. Only downside, quite expensive admission, go to the subscription formula as most of the visitors seem to be a better choice.
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  • With my metekindje under 8 's to Planckendael, both for her and for me it was nice to visit the animals. The playground and the climbing trail she found especially very nice.
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  • Had expected more. Not really much animals. A number of animals wasn't showing, were still in for the cold. Would then be the entrance price what can customize. Park seems a bit out of date and the paths were one and all mud.
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  • Nice zoo with villages. Each continent has its own animals. It contains nice activities for children. Nothing special for the restaurant. Be ready for walk
  • Very nice zoo surrounded by greenery. Pretty enclosures for the animals, the tropical greenhouse is especially beautiful. Could be considered a little small, and if one doesn't pace oneself the visit can be over long before closing hours. Restaurant is large and adequate but nothing special. Lots of parking space up front.
  • Awesome large zoo with at some places free roam animals. Animals are placed in thematic zones, for example Africa/Europe. Many playgrounds for the children as well as café's.
  • Easy to reach, more then enough parking close to the park, beautiful setting and enough side animation to keep you and the kids busy for a day. Nice additional events and themes through the whole year round...
  • Planckendael is, together with Pairi Daiza, the most beautiful and spacious zoo in Belgium. The animal enclosures are spacious and the distance between 'animal' and 'human' is also sufficiently large. The highlights are, as far as I am concerned, the following: - The elephant reserve (with 2 newborns) - The 'loft' for the giraffes - The park for the penguins There are also sufficient and various eateries. Downside is the price, on the other hand these funds are used to support various animal projects.
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