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Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari Elaintarha), Helsinki
(3.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Since it was established in 1889, Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari Elaintarha) has attracted tourists and animal lovers for more than a century. The zoo's rocky island location attracts as much awe as the animals here; in fact, the island was a national park and used for fishing in 1569 until the establishment of the zoo in the 19th century. Discover this quiet spot removed from the city center where you can view over 150 animal species and 1,000 types of plants. Walk through the site's popular cat valley and get to know the exotic creatures at one of Europe's oldest zoos. A visit to Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari Elaintarha) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Helsinki family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Got on the subway, bus 16 returned directly to the station. The zoo itself on the island in November, little animals outdoors, and few tourists in the output. Not exactly waited for Lion and snow:) Bears sleep, Eagle watching in surprise. Even at this time you need to visit the Zoo all day (10-16). Mulled wine will not sell:(
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  • Well laid out, an island reserved exclusively for the zoo. Corn: Little or no animals in many cages. No bears! Aside from frogs and owls, nothing seen d, extraordinary.
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  • Getting there by Metro, which in the area of the Zoo, located on the island, comes to the surface. Children, of course, were delighted. Lion snarling, Red Panda, dangling her legs, and the snowy owl eat mice. And tail hanging from its beak. All who have children here!
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  • One of the nicest zoos we have ever been to. It's not that big, but it has very interesting and beautiful animals, like snow leopards and very rare Amur leopards and Amur tigers. The location on an island is very beautiful and calm. The animals don't seem to mind the visitors, since they come very close to the glass-walls of their enclosures. The restaurant at the bear-enclosure has good food and is very family-friendly. But what impressed us the most was the friendly zoo-staff. One of the zookeepers gave us one and a half hour of her time and answered every question we had about the snow leopards, the works as a zoo-keeper and the zoo in general. We want to warmly recommend this great and beautiful place to everyone who visits Helsinki and is interested in animals, because this zoo really does the city of Helsinki proud. With greetings and best wishes from Austria, two very impressed and happy visitors
  • Good zoo, where you can see the animals are cared for. Often some of the animals are hiding in their pens, so you might see that cool tiger, or not. There are a few free roaming animals like peacocks. Good fun for the whole family.
  • The zoo is not very large or super-exotic, but is organized extremely well on it's own island. Green, nice walks, reasonable grouping and explanations. Come by boat and don't forget to scale the tower.
  • Beautiful zoo on a small island, not far from city center. Most animals have nice living areas, also cafes, restaurants and playgrounds. Worth a visit.
  • Took the boat from Kaupungitori (a nice sightseeing round the harbour in itself), and spent a day walking around the island. Facilities plentiful, good food. Well worth a visit, but can get crowded so try getting there on the first boats!