You are in Amsterdam for a few days and would like to organize an outing, a somewhat unusual visit for you, your friends or your children? One of the generally accepted solutions is to visit the ARTIS zoo, the other name given to the Amsterdam zoo.
In the following article we will tell you absolutely everything you need to know about this zoo, why you should visit it and how to get there.
HISTORY OF AMSTERDAM ZOO
Amsterdam Zoo was founded in 1838. It is the oldest active zoo in the Netherlands. It is located in the heart of the city and has more than 900 animal species.
One of the reasons why this zoo is so popular is because of its surroundings. It allows you to relax, unwind and enjoy a nice afternoon with your family or friends, no matter what your age.
WHAT SPECIES ARE PRESENT AT AMSTERDAM ZOO?
At Amsterdam Zoo you will find many different species of animals. There are African elephants, gorillas, giraffes, monkeys, lions and jaguars, as well as penguins and many other animal species.
In addition to these classic enclosures, during your visit you will find a planetarium, an aquarium and the Micropia attraction. This attraction highlights the world of microbes that are so small that they can’t even be seen at the avenue.
Finally, there is also an insectarium and a butterfly pavilion. There are more than 1,000 species! In short, a spectacular place that should not be missed.
TICKETS FOR THE AMSTERDAM ZOO
The Amsterdam Zoo is a bit expensive. Indeed, it costs 25 € for all children and adults aged 13 years or older. For children between the ages of 3 and 12, the ticket price is €21. For all children aged 2 years or older, the entrance is free.
Finally, if you have a student card, you will be entitled to a 50% discount. Thus, the ticket will cost only 12,50 €.
Rather than buying your ticket on site, we recommend that you make reservations online a few days or weeks before your visit. Reservations can be made directly online at the official website of Amsterdam Zoo.
AMSTERDAM ZOO OPENING HOURS
The opening hours of Amsterdam Zoo vary depending on the month of the year. Between March and October the zoo is open daily from 9am until 5pm. Between September and February, the zoo is also open daily from 9am to 6pm.
HOW TO GET TO THE ZOO?
Amsterdam Zoo is located in the middle of the city. To get there, just enter the following address on your app: Plantage Kerklaan 38 – 40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam. Getting there is very easy.
You can take streetcar line 14 from Amsterdam Central Station. It stops at the ARTIS zoo. You can also take lines 7 and 19 which stop not far from the zoo, but which require a few minutes of walking before arriving at the zoo.
Finally, you can take the subway to the Waterlooplein station. This is only a 10 minute walk from Amsterdam Zoo.
If you are driving to the zoo, you should know that the Amsterdam Zoo has its own parking lot. It is only 150 meters from the main entrance and allows you to park your car all day. It costs €15 to stay there from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm.
OUR LAST TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL VISIT
As for all zoological parks, ARTIS is a non-smoking area. Indeed, the teams pay particular attention to the quality of the air, to the environment, but also to the animals.
Smoking is strictly forbidden on the premises and it is essential to remember that it is strictly forbidden to bring your dog or other pets with you.
Of course, assistance dogs for the blind are allowed provided they have been registered in advance at the reception.