Zoo Zurich
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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«People who know animals will protect them.» Up above the city of Zurich, spanning a surface of approximately 27 hectares, is Switzerland’s largest and most frequently visited cultural and educational institution: Zoo Zurich. The popular nationwide excursion destination wants to get people interested in animals and encourage them to play an active role in nature conservation and the protection of species.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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pb
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Day totally ruined by incompetent bullies, dressed up as parking marshallers, unfairly refusing us entry to the parking lots, even while some were visibly being vacated.

My wife and two young children disembarked our car and remained at the zoo while I want off in search of accessible parking some kilometres away. The whole experience was a strain for our young children, it cost significantly more than parking at the zoo and of course it left us feeling frustrated. This was only compounded by my wife observing the barrier being lifted once I'd driven away and her counting several vacant parking spaces at the zoo, which the marshallers had refused us access too.

It took me almost an hour to finally catch up with my family at the zoo. And I had to leave them early in order to return by public transport to collect our car. On both my inbound and outbound journey by public tranport I also observed many vacant parking spaces (and of course no barrier, it having been lifted moments after refusing me entry to vacant parking lots).

As much as the zoo is good on the inside, I cannot possibly recommend visiting in the face of such blatantly unfair treatment on the outside, nor can I score it more than one star on that same basis.

There are other animal attractions within the canton of Zürich, without this kind of unnecessary offensive behaviour towards customers. I'd suggest trying one of them instead.
Written April 16, 2021
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Meike_Ka_9
Zurich, Switzerland139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
I really like the Zoo Zurich it has a nice and not too big selection of animals including some very lovely koalas. Most of the enclosure seems spacious to me and my impression is that animals are in good condition as well.
Every now and then they have volunteers explaining details about the animals and even on a rainy day there are enough houses to spend time inside
Written February 2, 2020
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,519 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Last weekend we decided to visit the Zoo, as it had been many years since I had last been there, and I wanted my girlfriend to see it too.
We arrived early and parked at the zoo parking lot, which is very cheap considering you're in Zurich.
We purchased our tickets and started visiting the exhibitions; some were very interesting and detailed, some others felt like they had to fill in the space.
Some animals seemed a bit lonely and as if they didn't have enough space, but maybe it was just our perception.
The best exhibition was the one with elephants, rhynos, giraffes etc, even though in this case it seemed there were not enough animals for the large space.
We spent close to three hours roaming the zoo and then headed back to the city for some sightseeing.
Overall a pleasant attraction, especially if you have kids, but I don't think I'll be back any time soon again.
Written May 26, 2021
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XonqNopp
Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We spent a day with our kids (5 and 4) and we could not even see all the animals... We tried to estimate and we think we have seen 60 different species, which would account for something like half of the zoo. The kids got tired of walking in the afternoon, hopefully we could hop on the train to come back to the exit. We entered around 10h and we left around 16h. Our only regret: we did not study the lunch options before. We ended eating hot-dogs because we found some fuel for our kids, when we could have eaten asian food or african food just 5-10min farther... If we come back, we will better know :-)
Written July 19, 2021
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Equitecnoc
Zurich, Switzerland165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
The recent opening of the latest attraction „the LEWA savannah“ is a must see. The way how the landscapes the trees, the setup for animals and us humans is super nicely done.

On the plus side, it’s nice to see the African animals together on a rather larger open land then on cages like in other Zoo‘s.

Ok the downside, if you have ever been on an Africa safari, do not expect something similar, because it won’t.

Also always include time to visit the „Masoala rainforest“. You always find new animals if you take your time and don’t rush thru the rather humid hall.
Written July 14, 2020
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tokis62
United Kingdom82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This GeoZoo is really worth to visit especially in winter time. There are lots of animals from all around the world which are worth to visit. Construction of real place of living and its nice decoration for different species of the animals is exiting and being concerned about endangered species and helping their protection is invaluable and admirable in Zoo Zurich.
Written February 4, 2020
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la_fra1990
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My family and I are in love with this place.
We have an yearly ticket as we like to visit it many times during the year and we never have time enough for visiting it all in once.

This Zoo is amazing.

I'm usually not a super fan of Zoos, but in this case I love it because the animals have space enough, they seem all in really good shape and the way they have built it it's really incredible.

The area of elephants and giraffes is amazing, I would say it is my favorite one!

Most of the time we do also eat at some of the restaurants inside which are not so expensive and the food is ok. Good for being in such a place!

I would definitely recommend it!
Written August 12, 2021
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Shawn A
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
WOW! For a zoo of this age it was VERY maintained and clearly a development plan that has been followed.

This is the FIRST time I had seen wolves or hyenas in a zoo environment.

In the care of elephants I believe they exceeded the environment that most zoos provide for these majestic animals. The outdoor spaces were vast, but the indoor space for winter care was impressive.

While on the side of a hill the grading didn’t feel Iike you were walking up or down steep trails. There were some hikes up, but they were mild. However, I wouldn’t say this park is easy to navigate in a wheelchair, cane or walker. Many families had strollers with small children, but they were getting a workout at times.

The rainforest was also impressive. The environment was clean and full of animals. Birds were plentiful, but lizards and frogs were a welcome surprise. Of course the lemurs in the space were surprisingly present and not hiding in the back of the space. The restaurant here also offered an impressive view into the space where you could enjoy lunch with a view.

The space with the zebras, rhinos and giraffes was also very impressive. Loads of space for these animals to roam and graze.

I am fully aware of the pros and cons of zoos and animals in captivity. I can’t speak to the past of this facility, but the future does seem to be on track to balance education with public display of animals many will never be able to see in their natural habitat.
Written September 11, 2022
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cholula69
Basel, Switzerland9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The Zurich zoo is a very large and laid out well. We went primarily to visit the rain forest area as a culminating activity to a unit of study. Short of visiting an actual rain forest, Zurich does a great job of simulating the flora and fauna. We spent a good deal of time looking at the animals and plants, which illustrated our unit. It was a worthwhile visit and I would recommend it to anyone looking to take their family or students.
Written February 12, 2020
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AnnMayTravelling
Baden-Württemberg, Germany442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
I quite enjoyed my visit to the Zoo Zurich. It is an older zoo but my point of view and impression was that they are renovating/building heavily to shift from more traditional animal keeping to big and nice areas for the animals. Especially the Savannah, the elephant building and the rainforest hall were great! Big, open, spacious and full of plants and opportunities to play for the animals. Unfortunately the day I visited was a bit rainy but it was a good visit nevertheless.
Written November 19, 2021
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