I have been to the Krakow Zoo which is located in the middle of the Wolski Forest twice before. The zoo first opened its doors in 1929 and now covers an area of 15 hectares. Unusually the first animals you see by the entrance are elephants. It is a pleasant small zoo and a good family day out.
Krakow's zoo is located a few kilometers from the city's downtown. It is surrounded by nice forest Las Wolski with many of paths for pedestrians and bicycles. Close to the Zoo there are Pilsudski Mound and the Bielany monastery.
The zoo is not too big, but have some successes in reproduction many species (milu, maned wolf etc.). Kids love to be there also because of "mini-zoo", the place where they can caress piggies, small goats or ponies.
The zoo was opened in 1929.
Open 9 am - 6 pm (autumn and winter to 4 pm). Tickets (2004):
- 10 zloties for adults
- reduced 5 zloties for kids, students, pensioners
- 5 for photo or video recording
Kids under 3 - free.
Best way to get there is going to the end stop of bus 100 - it goes from Cracovia Hotel at Slowacki Avenue.
This small zoo is magnificently set in the forest of Las Walski and makes a very pleasant way of passing an afternoon - which you can combine with a walk in the woods.
There are perhaps too many large mammals here - certainly eyebrows would be raised in Western Europe these days - but it is great to see the animals.