Artis Zoo © Martin Fisch
Locally known as the Plantage, the Artis Zoo is something of an oasis in the centre of Amsterdam, and a must for children and animal lovers. Boasting more than 700 species of animals and 200 species of local and exotic trees (many of which are on the verge of extinction), the institution will captivate visitors of all ages. The grounds are huge and can easily keep visitors busy for hours, with the aquarium, butterfly house, planetarium and a handful of museums all featuring as part of the experience. Visitors will also find several restaurants and a shop selling souvenirs such as books, toys and postcards. Tickets can be bought online to avoid queues at the entrance.
Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
Telephone: +31 20 5233 670
Opening times: March through October: Open daily from 9am to 6pm; November through February: Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Admission: €24 (adults); €20.50 (children aged 3 to 9). Concessions are available. Ticket also provides admission to Planetarium, Geological Museum, Aquarium and Zoological Museum.