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I spent a couple of hours (and 16E on a ticket!!) at the zoo in Amsterdam. Zoos are not my favourite places and this one is no better than any others. it was a Saturday and it was packed with families mostly.
The enclosures were too small for such large animals, elephants, zebras, camels, lions tigers etc and I think Amsterdam has plenty enough other attractions to offer tourists and visitors without the need for a zoo. Children will get a better education about wildlife from watching the Discovery Channel.
These places are relics of a bygone past - before people became more aware of animal cruelty and environmental issues and I really can't see the need for them in a modern city. Unless there is a breeding programme for endangered species going on (which some larger zoos specialise in) then I think these places are unnecessary in the 21st century.
It was too expensive and too busy and too small.
It had a very good selection of animals. My favorite was probably the polar bears and pelicans. I believe the hippo could use a bigger cage though. He looked confined to a really small area. Anyway, check it out. It breaks up the monotony of coffeeshop crawling and boozing.
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There is a lot being said by this urangatang to me in the photo, although maybe its because I was in Amsterdam at the time!!!, but the expression on his face is just something. When I photoed this guy, I promised him that I'd have him seen, (although I was glad to be at the other side of the glass to him!! I think that his puffy face signifies that he is an Alpha male, this can be dangerous in monkey land)
However ..... I did have that imaginery chat/promise with him.....and so ..... here he is :o)
How do doing guy???
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I usually don`t like zoos and I never visit them, so I entered Artis just because I had to attend a wedding party in the building that gives free way to the zoo gardens. Not that I enjoy the visit in particular, but it looks like a clean and well made place to bring kids.
Included with the Artis Zoo ticket you get the visit to the Aquarium. In the far corner of the Artis park, the Aquarius waits quieltly for the visitors. The Aquarium is smartly built on below ground levels, featuring water canals between which you enter and see the underwater life.
Must see! The fish is colourfull and you might discover species you did not see before.
For more pictures of the fish in the Aquarium and other animals in Artis Zoo see my Artis Travelogue.
Artis Zoo is one of the must see activities in Amsterdam because it's one of the nicest Zoo in the world. Artis is the oldest zoo in Holland, it has 14 hectares and provides home for around 700 species of animals (amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammans and insects).
The Zoo is a heaven of course for any child, but adults are also to learn and enjoy seeing the animals there. I personally enjoyed Amsterdam's Zoo very much.
In addition to the Zoo, Artis is also Amsterdam's oldest city park, featuring a botanical garden (De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam) (see the next tips).
Opening times: daily from 9am to 5pm
Entrance fee in 2004: 14,5 EUR (adults), 13,5 EUR (65+), 11,0 EUR (3-9).
Artis - Zoo
Artis is founded in 1838 by G.F. Westerman, and is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands.
Through the main entrance (atop two golden eagles since 1854) you enter an area of 14 hectares with more than 700 species of animals (amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects).
There are held regularly small exhibitions in the Planetarium and museums of the zoo.
A must see of this zoo is the renowned aquarium.
The Artis Zoo is very large and full of every kind of animal you can imagine!! Also there is an aquarium, a museum and a planetarium which are all very interesting to see. In addition, Artis is also a botanical garden with a diversity of plants, trees and shrubs that make up the plant kingdom.
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I went to the zoo in October. It was chilly but still, very enjoyable. The aquarium was fantastic. It is an interesting was to spend an afternoon.
Our zoo: ARTIS!This is a...
Our zoo: ARTIS!
This is a great day out. You can find all kinds of animals here, a geological museum, a planetarium and zoological museum. Enjoy!!
Go see the Artis Zoo...
One of the oldest zoo's on the European main land.
Animals like tigers / lions / giraffes / elephants etc....
Artis is a city zoo.
It's an old zoo, but it's just renoveded, but it still has the old atmosphere.
'ARTIS' the most famous zoo in...
'ARTIS' the most famous zoo in The Netherlands.
Winter 09.00 - 17.00
Summer 09.00 - 18.00
from CS amsterdam take tram no.9 or 20
or take a boat with 'Rederij Lovers'
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