Amsterdam's Artis Royal Zoo
Founded back in 1838, Amsterdam Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular in Europe. Noted for both the variety of it animals and plants, and how closely it replicates their natural environments closely, the zoo is a very popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike. In addition to the animal enclosures, there are many other attractions at the zoo.
Discover a whole host of aquatic life, from fish found only in tropical waters to creatures closer to home in the replication of a typical Amsterdam canal!
The Butterfly Pavilion is a unique experience, with thousands of butterflies filling the air as you wander through the enclosed environment. Twice a day, you can watch butterflies emerging and taking flight amongst the stunning plants and flowers. Look out for the Blue Morpho, one of the world’s largest butterflies, and the lightning-fast Swallowtail butterflies.
The zoo is set amongst many listed monuments and historical buildings, giving it charm unlike any other zoo. Many of the buildings pre-date the zoo itself, such as the Wolf House which was once an inn, and the Masman Garden House which now houses the scarlet ibises.
As well as having many animals, the zoo is famed for its diverse plant life. Aside from beautiful floral displays and natural foliage around the zoo, there are also many special environments that house particularly exotic blooms.
The zoological museum gives visitors a glimpse of the past methods and tools used to research and observe the natural world. See old equipment that was used by noted Dutch conservationists Heimans and Thijsse to record information including cameras, notebooks and guides.
Learn about the Earth itself, and how it came to be formed as well as viewing many precious stones and jewels.
Look beyond our planet and past the stars as you view interactive displays and exhibits whilst learning about the solar systemFind out more about Artis Royal Zoo