Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)

Prague Zoo Main EntranceThe Prague Zoo was first opened on September 28, 1931. It is located on the Vltava river bank near the Trója Chateau in Prague 7 and is open year round. Its grounds are spread out at the foot of a hill and climb up the hill, so beautiful views of the river and the city are an added bonus. The Prague Zoo has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 zoological gardens in the world by Forbes Traveler Magazine and Trip Advisor.

The zoo was badly damaged in the 2002 flood. Lots of reconstruction was needed to turn it into one of the world's best only five years later. It is definitely worth a visit. 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 will 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 in the zoo 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

    Admission (get free entry with the Prague Card)

    The ZOO website

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