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Zoo Basel, Basel
(4.3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Sustainable animal husbandry. Modern monkey house including new external enclosure (2015). Newly opened elephant plant (2016). Animals be played, many of course & ACC. latest findings almost without guard contacts. Have to work to defend against Hospitalism. Oldest Zoo of Switzerland with wonderful English park and an old building stock, many wild animals. Must see!
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  • The Basel Zoo is located very close to the Centre is easy to reach by tram. has also a small parking lot. Admission for adults currently costs 21CHF for children, seniors and families, there are perks. Generally the Zoo is well worth a visit, even in bad weather, it offers enough to be amazed. Of exotics to chickens, always have I backache the impression that it goes well the animals and they so as are possible.
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  • Beautiful does not add more, you have to visit to understand for children and excellent to see a zoo so great I recommend to visit
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  • Great zoo. In my opinion it's even better than the Zoo in Zurich. They have many seasonal events and keep expanding. Make sure to check out their homepage, maybe there's an interesting activity when you visit, for example walking with the penguins in Winter.
  • Middle size zoo with spacious animal habitats compare to normal zoo. There are tierhouses which you can visit, and were well maintained. Feeding time for sealions and pelikans were a bit disappointing :(
  • Awesome experience. Must if you are visiting Basel. From Kangaroos to Penguins. Lions to Meercats. Exotic fishes to creepy crawlies. Basel Zoo has it all.
  • It's great zoo. I had a lot of fun. The zoo is quite big. It's perfect for children or couples.
  • A nice zoo labyrinth in the middle of town.