Prague Zoo is pretty awesome. And you will not hear it only from locals but tourists as well. It was voted the 4th best zoo in the world on Tripadvisor last year. If you are in Prague for longer than a weekend, the visit to zoo should be on your list! We go to zoo at least once a year and today we would like to share with you why:)
#1 Learning is living!
In the Prague Zoo you will not only learn about animals, but also about the cultures of the countries the animals come from. Part of the zoo is also paleontologically significant, with fossils and an old mine from the 19th century, which was converted to a bunker during the WWII, and where an exhibition about the life at the zoo during the war is currently open.
#2 Prague is all about the views!
Towers, hills, the bank of the river, Prague offers one panorama after the other. There is one even at the Prague Zoo. When walking from the upper part of the zoo to the lower part, take the paleontological path and enjoy a great view on the river and the residential parts of Prague. Another option is to visit the viewing tower “Obora”. If you look carefully, you will see some iconic sights in the distance as well!
#3 No break from architecture!
Stroll the zoo carefully. In the west side you will see two typical Czech wooden houses designed by the famous Czech architect Josef Gočár. Inside the houses you can visit a small exhibition and buy souvenirs.
#4 Kids will love it!
Every zoo is fun for kids, but the Prague Zoo is just made for them. Play grounds, interactive screens, quizzes about the animals, a little-kids’ train which runs through the zoo, pony riding, and of course a petting zoo! For the little ones there are changing tables, strollers and any restaurant will be happy to heat up baby food for you.
#5 Buy cool souvenirs!
Looking for souvenirs is not always fun, especially if you really care about getting something local. In Prague zoo you can get things which are handmade and made from organic products. An added bonus is that all earnings go back to the zoo and its animal preserving activities.
#6 Eat well!
No need to pack snacks, or go for lunch at the restaurant in front of the zoo. There are plenty stands with ice-cream, hot dogs, or sandwiches. There are also a couple of bigger restaurants where you can get local Czech food. We loved “lívanečky” (small pancakes with blueberries) at the restaurant next to the elephant pavilion.
#7 Take part in the special activities!
Throughout the day you can be part of the different animal feedings – check the schedule at the zoo entrance. There are also often special events like fairs and exhibitions.
#8 Be lazy and use the funicular!
There is an old funicular (single seats with colorful umbrellas going up and down the hill), which is fully functional and open from spring – to fall. To use the funicular, get a public transport ticket at the stop, or just show them your day ticket.
#9 Make your own paper!
There is also a small paper factory, where you can learn about how the paper is made and also try to make your own. But it will not be an ordinary paper, it will be made from elephant poop. Cool souvenir to bring home from Prague, no? :)
#10 Visit other nearby sights!
There is more to see in this part of the town. Our two picks would be the Troja Chateau (home of the National Art Gallery and beautiful outside garden with natural maze) and the botanical garden, Fata Morgana.
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