Are you in Prague with kids? Are you in Prague without kids? Either way, the Prague Zoo should be on your list of things to do, especially if you are staying in Prague for a few days. Of course, spring or summer days are more welcoming for an educational walk in among the animal kingdom, but Prague Zoo is open every day and not all the animals are sleeping during the winter.
Prague Zoo broke a couple of records last year. It was voted the 7th best zoo in the world, celebrated the largest number of baby animals born and welcomed 1,382,243 visitors. We love to go there at least once a year, and every visit there is something new to see. It is so exciting to see the baby animals grow!
We also recently did an evening guided tour through the Prague Zoo. It was a bit spooky experience as there are no street lamps in the zoo, and our guide was just using the flashlight to show us the way, and the animals seemed to be noisier than during the day. We learned so much and would really recommend it to anyone who is interested in the animal world. Unfortunately, these tours are currently done only in Czech (unless you book a private tour, which will cost you 8.000 Czk for up to 25 people). They take place every Friday and Saturday evening.
The zoo is improving and growing every year. Last year they opened very rare pavilion of salamanders and enormous playground “Bororo” – made in Amazonia style. There are many restaurants, playgrounds, cafés and bistros, so you can really spend there the whole day if you feel up to it. For the little ones, there is a tram, kids zoo, train, possibility to rent strollers and wheelbarrows, ride a horse and of course facilities for babies.
The tickets cost 200 Czk for adults and 150 Czk for children/students/seniors. For seniors over 70 years old, entrance is only only 1 Czk! A tip for Prague expats – if you like the zoo, consider getting the year ticket for 700 Czk for adults and 450 Czk for kids!
One small disadvantage of the zoo is its location. You have to take the metro to the stop Nádraží Holešovice (metro C) and then take a bus 112. From March to October, you can also travel to the zoo by a boat! More info about this option here.
Visiting Prague zoo is not only fun and entertaining, but the money you spend there goes to a good cause. Prague Zoo, as many other zoos, greatly contributes to saving endangered species by breeding them and when possible also returning them to the wild. By informing the public about the life and needs of the animals, we as humans can make better decisions in protecting nature and our planet.
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