For lovers of nature and animals, and families with children, Prague Zoo is the perfect place to visit. Forbes Traveller Magazine listed Prague Zoo among the world’s best zoos.
The zoo is open all year round and is located in the picturesque environment of the Troja district. Its diverse terrain makes it possible to walk through both shady groves and open, grassy plains. There is an ever-growing number of exhibition lots that blend with the natural landscape. To make your trip to the zoo more pleasant, a popular series of informative feedings and training exercises have been prepared for weekends, along with many other interesting programmes. There is also a small chairlift that will, no doubt, be entertaining for children. The chairlift is in operation from March 31 to October 31, 2012 in good weather, and a ticket costs 20 CZK.
Among the most notable species found at Prague Zoo are: giant turtles, Chinese alligators, giant iguanas, cassowaries, red pandas, brown hyenas, cheetahs, Amur leopards, Siberian tigers, Sumatran tigers, aardvarks, white rhinoceros, Przewalski’s horses, kiangs, bongo antelope and addax, dark gorals, ruffed lemurs, orangutans and Western gorillas. The zoo was conceived on the idea that the animals should not be placed in cages, and is focused on creating a natural environment for each animal. They are separated from visitors by glass, moats or fences.
About half a million people visit the zoo each year.
daily March 9am-5pm; April, May, September and October 9am-6pm; June, July and August 9am-7pm; November, December, January and February 9am-4pm.
Entrance for the Prague Zoo costs 200 CZK for adults; children 3 to 15yrs old will pay 150 CZK; seniors over 70yrs old just a token 1 CZK. There is also an option to buy a family ticket which will cost you 600 CZK. If you stay in Prague longer you might consider a one-year ticket, for which prices vary.
You can get to the zoo by bus No. 112 leaving from the C Metro station Nádraží Holešovice, and get off at Zoologická zahrada, the last stop. There is also a direct link to the Zoo from Bohnice and Troja by bus No. 236. There is also a special free ZOO line that serves the Nádraží Holešovice – ZOO route on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 31 March 2012. The bus stops at the Nádraží Holešovice and ZOO stops. website