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Planckendael, Mechelen

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Zoo Planckendael differs from the Zoo of Antwerp by his wide walking area and facilities for children. Many areas of games are available, and landscaping made sure even with a lot of people there is no sense of crowd.
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  • In Planckendael you can visit all year round to enjoy the animals, landscaped walking trails, children's playground. Provided, animal friendly!
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  • Plankendael is a beautiful walk where animals and play areas for children are a delight. Animals have a beautiful home both inside and out. Animals are very well taken care of.
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  • 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!