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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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Where to stay in Mechelen

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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  • Went on a Sunday, arrived a bit before 10qm but could already enter the park. Not too busy, but a lot of families. Food and drinks are pretty expensive. Seems to be a good day out with kids. Some inte...  more »
  • Beautiful park with well treated animals. There's lot's of space, so you'll alse have a nice, healthy walk. There's a lot going on for children: a playground, a climbing tree, feeding moments, walks t...  more »
  • Excellent day out for all ages. The zoo is in great condition and all the animals seem happy and well looked after. Everything about the zoo was excellent and it has different themes for different cou...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The place is really large. Animals look very happy. As good as Pairi Daiza and less crowded.
  • Very fun and friendly place to go out with the kid. Elephants are the best.
  • Easy to arrive, big parking, family friendly. You can see animals but also the kids can play on huge playgrounds.
  • Planckendael is really nice place to visit. the animals are well taken care. Fun place for kids.