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Zoo Basel, Basel

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Head to Zoo Basel to see a range of creatures large and small, including endangered species bred in captivity as part of the zoo's renowned program. Established in 1874, the zoo receives nearly 2 million annual visitors and covers about 11 hectares (26 acres) in an urban setting within walking distance of the city's downtown area. Among the its 5,000 residents are penguins, rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses, snow leopards, squirrel monkeys, cheetahs, and European otters. Check the website before your visit to see schedules of feedings or events. Use our Basel trip builder to visit Zoo Basel on your trip to Basel, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Basel zoo has all types of animals - starting from the tiny termites to the giant African elephants. What made it easy to visit was that it is very close to the tram station. There was English gui...  more »
  • Not very far . Easy access by tran . A nice program for kids special if the weather is good . Nice place indeed .  more »
  • We arrived for a quick stop over in basel before our flight home and spent a lovely relaxing afternoon meandering around the zoo watching the animals and the keepers, we really enjoyed our time there ...  more »
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  • A great Zoo. Some ways are a little small when you have a buggy. The underwater area gives a lot to see. And there is a big restaurant. It's a very beautiful Zoo. But for a family with two kids, you need more than 100 francs for a visit.
  • Really clean and well maintained zoo. Great for family s. The indoor sections make it a fun visit even on rainy days.
  • A good zoo. Great paths to walk around. They have a rare Sun Bear, between a bear and a primate. The elephant area is impressive as well.
  • Lots to see. You can see the animals quite closely. They have some stunning developments coming to the zoo. Recommend for any visit to Basel.
  • Beautiful zoo, not too many species. The animals look like they are being taken good care of. Lots of baby animals when I visited. Would have liked to see bigger areas for some of the animals.

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Where to stay in Basel

Business-oriented Basel offers an overwhelming amount of mid-range hotels catering to its business clientele. The city fills up during conferences and events, so be sure to plan accordingly. There are a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts too, but they tend to be pretty pricey. You'll find a handful of budget-friendly hostels just south of the city core. Keep in mind that as you move toward the outskirts of town for affordable accommodation, proximity to the train stations will be key. The good news is that a number of the hotels include public transport passes with the cost of a room.
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