Zoo Basel, Basel

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    I brought my granddaughter to Basel Zoo, despite her three times a year goes with parents to visit the Zoo. Almost every year they do something new, bottled water was included in 2016 have expanded the Department of elephants, the work is completed in 2017. Advise visitors to the Zoo, take a full day, there is the restorante.chi want there are benches so to sit and be able to eat sandwiches is drinks alone
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  • August 16, 2017
    We spent a day at this zoo my husband, our little girl of one year and I. That's nice!!! Very well maintained and cared ... we had lunches so we tasted no food ... was very pleasant, even our little girl was enchanted especially from fish, from giraffes and penguins!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very nice, very well maintained. A great time with your family! Do not forget the stroller for the baby.
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  • A great Zoo. Some ways are a little small when you have a buggy. The underwater area gives a lot to see. And there is a big restaurant. It's a very beautiful Zoo. But for a family with two kids, you need more than 100 francs for a visit.
  • Really clean and well maintained zoo. Great for family s. The indoor sections make it a fun visit even on rainy days.
  • A good zoo. Great paths to walk around. They have a rare Sun Bear, between a bear and a primate. The elephant area is impressive as well.
  • Lots to see. You can see the animals quite closely. They have some stunning developments coming to the zoo. Recommend for any visit to Basel.
  • Beautiful zoo, not too many species. The animals look like they are being taken good care of. Lots of baby animals when I visited. Would have liked to see bigger areas for some of the animals.

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Business-oriented Basel offers an overwhelming amount of mid-range hotels catering to its business clientele. The city fills up during conferences and events, so be sure to plan accordingly. There are a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts too, but they tend to be pretty pricey. You'll find a handful of budget-friendly hostels just south of the city core. Keep in mind that as you move toward the outskirts of town for affordable accommodation, proximity to the train stations will be key. The good news is that a number of the hotels include public transport passes with the cost of a room.
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