Randers Things to Do
Tropical zoo at Randers
Except for when I was a small lad, I've never been a fan of zoos. I hate seeing wild creatures caged up and would prefer it if we did more to preserve natural habitats.
Having said that, the tropical zoo at Randers is different to the usual zoo. Housed in three large domes, this complex tries to recreate the tropical rainforest environment from three different areas of the world; South America, Africa and Asia. The climate inside each of the domes is set to match its corresponding rainforest. Each dome contains a profusion of plants, flowers and trees. With the warmth and humidity, you really do feel as if you’re in the tropics.
The zoo has a reasonable variety of animals. The larger ones are caged off, or are contained in walled enclosures but all the birds and most of the smaller animals have complete freedom in the dome. Exceptions to this are the nocturnal animals, which are held in a special section. In one section, you can come face to face with live snakes roaming (okay slithering) freely around your feet.
There are several pool areas with the usual crocodiles and in one huge pool area they have a manatee which my daughter was thrilled to see on the day we visited. New to the zoo in 2004 is the aquarium which is very impressive.
The humid atmosphere certainly saps the energy but the warmth can be welcome if the weather outside is cool (as it was when we visited). The only downside on the day we were there was the large number of other visitors and this made for an uncomfortable experience while looking around.
Wear light clothing (there are lockers where you can leave jackets and heavier clothing etc).
If you can bear the heat, walk round a couple of times. Because most animals are free to roam, it means they're also free to hide so it's easy to miss them.
Taking a pair of binoculars is a good idea as some birds and animals will be sitting in the tops of the trees - they won't come down for you!
The ticket you buy is valid for a whole day.Related to:
- Family Travel
It is the only Rainforest in Denmark. Last year they built a new dome, smaller than the main one, and brought new animals.
They have a website, www.regnskoven.dk , but it is in Danish only. If you are staying in the city for a longer time and wish to visit the rainforest more than one time, or show friends around, you should buy a yearly card, which is usually at the cost of 2 tickets.
The personell speaks good English.Related to:
Kulturhuset (The culture house)
The culture house consists of an art and a good local history museum. Between the two museums, one could spend a couple of hours.
Vestergade 51-53, Randers, Jutland, 8900, Denmark
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Torvegade 11, Randers, Jutland, 8900, Denmark
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Gl. Arhusvej 2, Randers, 8940, Denmark
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Ostervold 42, Randers, Jutland, 8900, Denmark
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A modern hotel built in 1967 but had a major refurbishment in 1997. The hotel has great views over...more
The Hereford: A Nice Bit of Bully
The Hereford Beefstouw is an upmarket steakhouse whose beef steaks only come from the Hereford or Angus breeds and are served on hot iron plates. The meals are served with Læsø (Isle of Hlér) salt with a mineral content of up to 10% and taste incredibly good.
Sunday to Saturday: 5.30 pm to 11.00 pm
Favorite Dish: Tiger shrimps in hot cajun oil
Sirloin steak and potato fondue
Pancakes and Ice creamRelated to:
- Food and Dining
Hr. Nielsen: Always good entertainment
As a part of Hr. Nielsen concept, this pub is by far the best in town. The problem is it's not open every week, for some reason. When they do open, they play good music or invite good bands. The service is very good and the prices are for any students' pockets.
Dress Code: As relaxed as you canRelated to:
Generally, any place is OK of you have friends with you. But this dancing place , wannabe club is boring for tourists. It is that bad, they only get a crowd if they put low prices on beer. The music is a playlist of crappy oriental-influence dance crap, as most of the customers are immigrants, refugees, russian housewives and so on...
I'm not saying that's bad, but I found it hard having fun in such a interetnic spot !
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