Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Switzerland  /  Canton of Basel  /  Basel  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Zoo Basel
Zoo Basel, Basel
(4.3/5 based on 1,100+ 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.
Create a full Basel itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Basel

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Basel by other users

36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Basel BY A USER FROM ISRAEL January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Basel BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM IRAN December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM KENYA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM KENYA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Basel BY A USER FROM IRELAND February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Basel BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM DENMARK December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Basel BY A USER FROM MAURITIUS December, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The zoo has a finite footprint and is 140+ years old. We had a great tour guide and got to see behind the scenes. Nice zoo and the restaurant was terrific! 
  • Infrastructure is aging, but the quality of the show's dazzling... the Oceanarium project will provide a solid foundation for this place to be... a special area dedicated to elephants is under construction...
    View original
  • If you come to Basel do not miss to visit, there is a tram in front of the train station that goes there, and the zoo is amazing, a huge park, a huge place that contains various aquariums with fish and beautiful plants, and the penguins... for a walk at 11 in the morning, too adorable. When we went the elephants space was under construction so we look forward to see it finished next spring. Entry at 21 francs... This may seem like a lot, but the beauty of the site, the charm of the trails, the welfare of the animals are worth plenty!
    View original
Google
  • 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.