Basel Zoo

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zoo / aquarium

Recommended for children from the following age groups:
  • 0-3
  • 3-7
  • 7-12
  • 12-16

Basel Zoo was the first zoo in Switzerland. It opened on July 3, 1874.

The local zoo population counts over 6 thousand animals of all species. There is a pavilion with various apes, such as gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, titi monkeys. Youngest visitors can have fun at the outdoor playground with hammocks and ropes to climb, where children are allowed to feel like a monkey and play like them for a while.

Other interesting places are: the African department in which hippos, zebras and ostriches reside, there is an antelope house here, an elephant and Etoscha Haus for predatory animals, free flight zone, the department of exotic plants and a small farm, with mostly rural animals.

For children one of the biggest attractions is the opportunity to participate in the care and aid workers in animal feed. Feeding demonstrations take place every day at fixed times: 15:50 pelicans, sea lions and vivarium 16:00 (pavilion where fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects live): on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 15:00 to 16:00 .

At the Basel zoo it's possible to organize birthdays, educational activities for schools are also organized. A prior reservation is required.

The Zoo hosts a year-round restaurant.

The zoo is located in Basel, at the Rhine river at the junction of three countries, Switzerland, Germany and France, so it is an excellent starting point itself for further explorations.

Basel Zoo

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Binningerstrasse 40, 4054 Basel, Schweiz

Opening days and hours:

January, February, November and December 8:00-17:30, March, April, October and November 8:00-18:00, from May to August 8:00-18:30

Tickets adults:
18 CHF
Tickets children:
children from 6-16 years: 7 CHF, young people from 16-25 years: 12 CHF

family tickets available

Additional information:

- Children up to 6 years free admission

- Seniors (62+) 16 CHF

- Family ticket CHF 39

- tickets are slightly cheaper on Mondays


+41 61 295 35 35

Source:, wikipedia

Updated on

Saturday, 25 May 2013

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