Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) Tours

Occupying a 26-acre (10.5-hectare) site behind the city’s grandiose railway station, Antwerp Zoo was built in 1843 – when it was outside the city walls – in colorful Art Nouveau style; as well as being one of the oldest zoos in the world, it must be the only one where the elephants are housed in an Egyptian temple swathed in hieroglyphics.

Currently the zoo has more than 5,000 animals of around 950 species; family favorites such as lions, tigers, polar bears, zebras and gorillas, are housed among the spacious and colonnaded enclosures, themed habitats, Arctic pools, aquariums, reptile house, aviaries, winter gardens and petting zoo for toddlers. There are daily talks plus penguin and sea lion shows; elephant, seal and hippo feeding sessions; 3-D movies in the Planetarium; and plenty of eating options for families, from waffle stands to brasserie dining.

Despite its early foundation, this is one of the more forward-thinking of European zoos, running successful conservation and breeding programs and looking to run sustainably on its own resources. Recent breeding successes have included rare Malayan tapirs, endangered okapi and Eurasian black vultures, while fresh additions at the zoo are the spectacular Reef Aquarium and the restored Flemish Garden, where two cute koala bears have taken up residence as part of an international breeding initiative. A new Savannah habitat is also being planned.

Pratical Info

Koningin Astridplein 20-26. Open daily 10am–5.30pm (4.45pm in winter); admission adults €22.50; seniors, students and children aged 3–17 €12.50. Combination tickets can be bought with Aquatopia. The zoo is close to Central Station and easily accessed on foot from the city center; several buses and trams also stop close by.
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Address: Koningin Astridplein 20-26, Antwerp, Flanders 2018, Belgium
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Hours: Daily 10am–5.30pm (4.45pm in winter)
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Admission: €22.50; seniors, students and children aged 3–17 €12.50
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1 Hour Antwerp Citytourbus

Discover top Antwerp attractions and famous landmarks with ease on this 1-hour hop-on hop-off Antwerp sightseeing tour. Choose the departure time and location to suit your schedule, and take a seat aboard your Antwerp city tour bus. Take in popular sites including the botanical gardens, Chinatown, Rubens’ house, the Old Town, the war memorial, the Brabo Fountain, the Cathedral of Our Lady and Lambermont Square. With departures running throughout the day, gain insight into the city’s rich heritage and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace!
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