Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)

Prague Zoo Main EntranceThe Prague Zoo was first opened on September 28, 1931. It is located near the Trója Chateau in Prague 7 and is open year round. It was ranked no. 7 on Forbes Traveler Magazine's World's Best Zoos list in 2007 and no. 4 of Top 25 World Zoos on Trip Advisor in 2015.

Prague Zoo was badly damaged in the 2002 flood. Lots of reconstruction was needed to turn it into one of the world's best zoological gardens only five years later. It is definitely worth a visit if you have the time. You can easily spend a day there and can combine your trip with a river cruise on the way there or back, a visit to the Trója Chateau that's literally across the street, or the Prague Botanical Garden up on the hill nearby.

The zoo has an intimate feel, so be prepared to examine a surprisingly large tiger's paw from inches away or exchange a face to face stare with a gorilla. Gravel paths, wooden boardwalks and lots of greenery make the area feel very pleasant to walk around. Children will enjoy a number of fun play areas, a petting zoo, a viewing train, and older kids may like the short chair-lift (with individual chairs). Parents with little ones can borrow a stroller or cart to push or pull them around in. Dogs are allowed when on a leash.

Getting there:

  • Take bus 112 from Nádraží Holešovice (Metro C) to the end of the line at Zoologická zahrada. A direct "Zoobus" also runs from Nádraží Holešovice on weekends and holidays in the summer.
  • You can also take a steamboat one or both ways. One way is more practical because the boat trip takes 75 minutes plus there's a 15 - 20 min. walk from/to the dock.

    Prague ZOO opening times


    The ZOO website

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