Artis Amsterdam

October 26, 2013 in Attractions

Artis Amsterdam was founded in 1838 and is the oldest zoo in The Netherlands. Located in the east of the city centre, it is a storied place with lots of historical buildings. There are many things to do in Artis outside of gazing at the many beautiful animals in the parks. It’s a relaxed place. It gets more than a million visitors per year which is no surprise.

artis amsterdam zebra

The zoo features over 900 species of Animals. The animals are spread throughout a beautiful park. One of the recent additions is the savanna where giraffes, zebra’s and wildebeest roam freely. Other example of large land animals are lions, elephants, gorilla’s, jaguars and bears.

amsterdam artis lion

A top attraction in Artis Amsterdam is the aquarium. Gaze at a large amount of different water animals from sharks to tropical fish. There are multiple floors of beautiful water fauna. Extra special in the aquarium the tank modeled after an Amsterdam canal. Take a peek and learn which fish and the like swim in Amsterdam’s canal ring. The exhibition includes the bikes and rubbish which is also at the bottom of the canals. Nowhere else in Amsterdam can you look under water of the canals without getting wet!

Other interesting sights for animal lovers include the butterfly pavilion, the reptile house with boa constrictors, the insectarium, the penguin rock and much more to name.

artis amsterdam seal

The are guided tours available. Another good service are the zookeeper talks. Many animals are fed in public by a certified zookeeper at fixed times. The zookeeper explains what the animals is all about. Famous locally is the seal feeding where children can participate.

Artis Amsterdam also has a planetarium, a zoological library and various gardens. It is a place with much history. This brings a specific atmosphere to the zoo which you wont find anywhere else. It is also a great activity for children.

Artis is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. Tickets go for €19.50 for adults with discounts for the little ones. More information on Artis here.


youth (3 to 9 years) – € 15,95
normal (10 to 64 years) – € 19,50
senior (65 +) – € 17,95


artis amsterdam map

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