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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 Basler Zolli is the heart of Basel, and it is worth absolutely even in the colder season with this beautiful animal park to stroll along. The penguins enjoy walks in the open air and delight the large and small visitors. In the vivarium exotic fish can be observed and it is the opportunity to warm up. It is extremely entertaining in the monkey house – our colleagues to ensure...
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  • Again a great destination in Basel. The price will be a bit cheaper, but the beautiful facility and the varied animals and enclosures are really worth to see.
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  • What to do with small children? Off to the Zoo. This makes us pleasure 2-3 times per year again, because children can see animals, but also at several points dealing and romp. Also in winter a great half - or day trip. Also the Aquariums are really top! Only that is still in my opinion unnecessarily many predators, monkeys, elephants on a really small space find I pity. Probably everything according to the instructions or going beyond, but would be less animals me and I would multiply (I know, not possible) the space...
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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.