|Set in a large park, the Artis Royal Zoo is one of the best kept secrets of Amsterdam. It is located right in the city centre. Founded in 1838, it was the first zoo in the Netherlands and with its gardens, museums and library it soon became a vibrant centre of social life.
Come and stroll in nature's oasis in the midst of the bustling city. See more than 300 species of trees and more than 750 species of animals. Admire the gardens with their flowering bulbs in spring and study their rich vegetation in summer and autumn. Artis boasts some of the most beautiful 19th century architecture in Amsterdam, of which the Aquarium is a fine example. Marvel at the stories nature has to tell you.
See giraffes strolling with wildebeest, zebras, springbok and oryx, look under the water of an Amsterdam Canal an study planets and stars in the Planetarium. Or visit an exhibition in the Zoological Museum. Walk among butterflies and experience lemurs up close. Watch children and adults sketching from life. Take your (grand)children to play in one of the playgrounds while you relax under the trees or on a terrace enjoying lunch or a good cup of coffee. Artis Royal Zoo is a truly remarkable place where nature meets culture and where knowledge merges with pleasure.
Artis is easily reached on foot from both Dam Square and Central Station. Or take tram number 14 from Dam Square or tram number 9 from Central Station. Artis has its own *** park with a discount for visitors to the park.
Amsterdam’s Artis zoo is set in lush gardens and in addition to exotic wildlife of all shapes and sizes is also home to an aquarium, planetarium, butterfly pavilion, geological museum and zoological research facilities. Artis zoo has something to entertain everyone, no matter what the season.
The first zoo in Europe, Artis is also the third oldest in the world. The animals are always fascinating to observe. Artis also has some other special attractions like an “indoor” rainforest for nocturnal animals, a whale skeleton, and an underwater view of an Amsterdam canal.
Children will enjoy the unique playgrounds and “petting” zoo, while the botanical gardens are a delight to relax in and watch the world go by. On summer weekends, Artis often hosts a series of concerts and there are always special activities on the programme, like a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo or in the winter, ice-skating.
Source of information: iamsterdam.com
Official site: artis.nl