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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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  • The Basel Zoo has in recent years a remarkable change to the way fairer attitude of animals from the steppes and savannas of Africa experience. Always worth a visit the monkey generously extended construction with its new grounds. Soon, the elephants get a considerably expanded plant. The Lions, snow leopards have settled already in their new environment. Home of the giraffe and rare okapis is slightly old-fashioned. In the spring, many Cubs delight visitors of all ages.
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  • Excellent spot for a day with the family ! Always expending with new areas to explore years after years. Include spots where to eat Inside. The parking is the only drawback - there is a high chance th...  more »
  • The zoo is beautiful maintained .Although .we sure the animals are well. It is large and has a lot of animals. The aquarium and the vivarium are beautiful. I recommend it for families with young children. This zoo is a must if you come to Basel. A lil advise however eat outside the zoo because zoo restaurant is exorbitant but otherwise this zoo and really great.
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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.