Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam

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  • Artis Zoo

    by Mariajoy Updated Nov 20, 2005

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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.

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    Artis Zoo

    by codrutz Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    Polar Bear at Artis

    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).

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    Artis Aquarium

    by codrutz Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Fish in the Artis Aquarium

    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.

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    ARTIS (Natura Artis Magistra)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 24, 2011

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    The Artis Zoo is a great place to visit with your children.

    Artis is more than just a zoo, it's also an Aquarium, Botanical garden, Zoological Museum, Geological Museum and Planetarium. In fact Artis is the Royal Zoological Society "Natura Artis Magistra" founded on May 1, 1838 at the initiative of G.F.Westerman.

    The garden is the oldest in Amsterdam and some of its unique trees are over 200 years old.

    Opening hours:
    Each day 9AM - 5PM

    Admission: Euro 18.95

    Play around with the Artis webcam

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    2nd oldest zoo in europe

    by rob-craig Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Take a visit to the Artis zoo and you will not be dissapointed,although I personally thought it was on the expensive side at 16 euros for antone over the age of 10 years and still 12.50 euros for under 10 it cost us over 60Euros for 2 adults & 2 children! the maps they give you could be improved on too as very little is marked out on it however there are plenty of species there some we havent saw in other zoo's and there are a couple of interactive things for the kids such as the insectarium.The animals housing conditions are reasonable but could be improved on .

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    Compact Zoo

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I did not visit the zoo as in my opinion it is fairly expensive, the area is fairly small & my dutch friend suggests visiting the zoo in Rotterdam which offers a safari park like experience. The entrance includes an hourly show at the planetarium, also entry to Aquarium, Zoological & Geological Museum

    Opening 9am – 5pm & 6pm in summer
    As at 2009 Adult Euro 18.50 & Child 3-9yrs Euro 15 English guide Euro 2.50
    Trams 8. 10 & 14 from centraal station

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  • Artis Zoo

    by bobyn Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Clever Urangutang, Amsterdam Zoo

    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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    Planetarium

    by mickeyboy07 Written Mar 26, 2012

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    The Planetarium is located within the Artis Royal Zoo grounds.Its quite big and very modern and has several different shows throughout the day usually starting every half hour.The show we saw was on Astronauts and how they learn and train to adapt to life in space,its all very spectacular and informative.Entry is free as it comes under your Zoo entrance ticket.

    Open daily 09.00 till 18.00

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    the zoo

    by Igraine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Interior of the Aquarium

    Naturis Artis Magistra, Amsterdams´zoo dates back from 1838 when some people wanted a zoo accesible for all people and not just a private affair for the rich as was done a few years earlier in London.

    It quickly growed to the size it now has, a surpringly large garden within the city. My two favorite things from this zoo are the polar bears and the Aquarium. The Aquarium is houses in a wonderfull Neo-classical building and is recently been restored. There where a few huge tanks added with eco-systems from around the globe like a mangrove wood and an Amsterdam Canal!

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    Artis (zoo)

    by dila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838.

    Opening Times and entrance
    1 april -31 october 9.00 to 18.00
    1 november to 31 march 9.00 to 17.00
    ZOOmeravond
    21 augustus 9.00 - 20.52
    28 augustus 9.00 - 22.00
    24 december 9.00 - 16.00
    31 december 9.00 - 16.00
    1 januari 10.00 - 17.00

    The entrance fee in 2010
    adults is € 18.50
    senior citizins (65+) € 17,-
    children from 3 to 9 years € 15,-
    Zooguide in English € 3,50
    Groups exceeding 20 people 17,-
    An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Geological Museum, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum. Dogs are not allowed in the zoo.

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    Artis Zoo

    by BlueBerry_7 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Perfectly Posing Lion

    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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    Artis Royal Zoo

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Mar 23, 2012

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    The first Zoo established in the Netherlands located in the Eastern part of the city centre.Founded in 1838 its one of the oldest Zoo's in the World.Set in an area of 14 hectares,700 species provide a magnificent overview of the Animal Kingdom,Amphibians,reptiles,fish,birds,mammals and insects are all represented.The Royal gardens have plenty of statues and monuments surrounded by exotic plants and century old trees.A newly built tropical house and updated aquarium are some of the highlights to be found here.As well as a museum,gift shop,cafe and an impressive Planetarium.

    Open daily:April-October-09.00 till 18.00,November-March-10.00 till 17.00.
    Prices:Adults-18 Euros,Seniors(65+)-15 Euros,Children-12.50 Euros.

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    A Nice Way To Spend An Afternoon

    by AnnS Written Jan 31, 2007

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    Swinging Through The Trees In Artis Zoo
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    Artis Zoo is the oldest in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, and still has a traditional feel. There's a wide variety of creatures, who all seem contented, and paths take you around the enclosures, through pretty and well maintained gardens.

    It's a very peaceful environment and a visit is a nice way to spend a few hours away from the city's hustle and bustle.

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    Artis - Zoo

    by Jarin Written Jun 17, 2004

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    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.

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    Artis Zoo

    by MATIM Written May 21, 2009

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    Artis Founded in 1838, it’s Netherlands oldest Zoo, you find an impressive medley of the historic and contemporary. The winding paths, majestic trees, stunning sculptures and historical buildings on 14 hectares of land are home to 700 species of animals: amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects. The zoo also has an aquarium, botanical gardens, zoological museum, geological museum, a planetarium and a new butterfly pavilion.
    You can fallow a statues route, historical monuments and beautiful formal gardens, including many tulips in bloom in spring time. English guided tours are available on request.
    Additional children’s activities and programs are organized on a regular basis.

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