Kolmården zoo near Norrkøping southeast of Stockholm is known as Scandiavias best zoo.
Knowing that we had rather high expectations when we arrived at their gates.
We visited them in the middler of summer and it was hot and on hot days a lot of the animals tend to hide from the sun. As a consequense of that we did not se the wolves,bears,lynx or snow leopard so before we arrived at the Thai theme tiger area we were a bit dissapointed.
That was about to change. In the tiger park we had a great view of 7 or 8 large Tigers. After that we continued to the Dolphin show that also was a great experience.
Although we missed some exciting animals Kolmården was a nice park but when it came to deciding if its a better park than anywhere else in scandinavia we were not so sure.
Then it was time to enter the other half of Kolmården that is a safari park where you sit in your car and drive through different areas with different kinds of wild animals.
That was really something else. Close encounters with a big pack of Lions ,Wolves and a big brown Bear along with a lot of other species really made the day perfect for us.
All in all I think this is the best park.
Sweden's biggest zoo (my opinion). This is *the* place to visit with children of all ages. Start by taking the cable railway and admire the view from above. The zoo is divided into the Savanna, the Elephant valley, the predator birds (like hawks, condors), the Tiger world, the Desert, the Delfinarium, the Tropicarium, etc.
For the older kids there's the "adventure land" Wild Camp, Bamse theater, Camel riding and Höghöjdsbanan (a climbing place). For the little ones there's world, the children's farm and Kulmården (a Swedish word play for Fun @ Kolmården)
Wanna get a little bit more up close to the animals? Try their safari park. Get your own car (and you get an informative brochure about the animals you're about to see) or take their guided tour by bus.
For those wanting to stay overnight (because there's so much to do and see) there's the Vildmarkshotel and the Safari camp.
New: You can see the tigers living in their new theme installations on the TigerCam. The site is in Swedish but you just have to click the one web cam you want to see live.
In Kolmården Zoo there are restaurants for all budgets, from hamburgers and hot dogs places to a thai food take away restaurant. They're well spread within the premises so that you don't have to walk a *lot* before you find where to sit down and eat.
The restaurants they have are:
- 28 Savanngrillen: hot dogs, grilled sausages, slush ice, soft drinks, ice cream, coffee and pastries.
- 29 Apans Glasscafé: ice cream café.
- 30 Barnens Grillvagn: hot dogs, sausages, cold drinks.
- 31 Farmors Kök: pancakes, spaghetti and meat balls, muffins, baked potatoes with the filling of your choice. They have gluten free and lactose free meat balls.
- 32 Gobi: tex-mex cuisine, salad, beer, soft drinks, wine, coffee, pastries and ice cream.
- 33 Hamburger & Co: hamburgers, fish and chips and chicky bits (chicken nuggets I guess).
- 34 Mat & Butik: a little boutique with hot dogs, candy, movies and newspapers.
- 35 Nham-Nham: asian take away cuisine.
- 36 Restaurang Safari: they have real food, as opposed to fast food. They have the dish of the day (Swedish traditional food), beer, wine, a salad bar, ice cream, candy, coffee and pastries.
- 37 Pasta Pronto: pasta with different sauces, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and pasties.
- 38 Wild Camp Center: coffee, snacks, candy and soft drinks.
- 39 Godisrevet candy.
- 40 Gobi-Ten: same cuisine as Gobi (#32).
The numbers represent the location in the map on this tip.
Kolmården Zoo is so big that you'd need several resting breaks if you're there on a daytrip. Luckily, a way to see the park from a different perspective is taking their cable railway, or linbanan in Swedish. This is, according to Kolmården's website, Europe's longest circular cable railway with a length of 3 km. Their one-day ticket will allow you to ride it as much as you want.
Check out their prices on the link below.