Czech name: ZOO Praha
Prague ZOO is ranked the second most popular attraction site in the Czech Republic and ranks high among renowned zoological gardens worldwide. With an average of 1.4 million annual visitors, one may want to know what is special about this place. Luckily, there is no simple answer, and we would tell you that there is too much you would love to see. From the serene rugged terrain location, the Asian elephants, and the 680-bird species that live there, you have the assurance of enjoying some good time there. Why are you not there yet? We should take you there.
Location & How to Get There
As it is popularly known in the country, ZOO Praha is located about six kilometers from the capital’s center. The 58-hectare facility sits on rugged terrain in the beautiful countryside that is only minutes from the city center. The Vltava River passes within the neighborhood and is one of the primary water sources for the facility.
Prague ZOO’s address is U Trojského zámku 120/3, Praha 7.
Getting to the ZOO is easy, thanks to the variety of options available. The Nádraží Holešovice metro and tram station sit nearest to the ZOO and can be accessed through metro transport. You will then need to take another bus (No 112) to the Botanická zahrada, just a stone’s throw from the zoo entrance. Alternatively, you can use a boat to get to the Přístaviště Troja from where you then cross a bridge over the Vltava River near the Troja castle. Using this route would require you to walk for about 25 minutes to reach the ZOO.
Opening Hours & Entry
The Prague ZOO remains open all around the year for the seven days of the week, but with different closing times in different seasons.
In September, October, April, and May, the Prague ZOO opens at 9:00 A.M. and is accessible to people until 6:00 P.M. when the doors shut. From November to February, the zoo’s daily closing time is 4:00 P.M., but the opening time remains 9:00 A.M. In May, the closing time shifts to 5:00 P.M., but the opening time remains the same. June, July, and August are somewhat exceptional, with the closing time being 9:00 P.M.
However, note that ticket counters, souvenir stores, and other central facilities will close at 7:00 P.M. during June, July, and August. Additionally, you need to know that the ticket shops close 30 minutes before coo closing time.
Another issue you should be aware of is that the main entrance remains open throughout the year. However, the northern and southern ticket offices are only operational during public holidays, weekends, and school vacations.
As far as the entrance fees are concerned, there is considerable flexibility based on the number of people and their ages. Groups with more than 10 people will enjoy a 10 percent discount while children pay about half of the standard rates. You can visit the ZOO’s official website for current entry fees.
What to Do & What to See
Prague ZOO is divided into various sections, each of which has a unique name. Like we mentioned in our introduction, there is so much to see and do. Let’s get some fun.
1. Take the kids to the Bororo reserve
If you came with your family to the ZOO, then the Bororo reserve should be your first stop. The reserve is a playground for families, especially kids. Bororo reserve has a multi-level climbing frame, a connected village of huts, and an animal training demonstration amphitheater. The kids will love climbing through the cabins.
2. Pavilion of penguins
It would be a disgrace if we didn’t have any water animals in the ZOO in a location with plenty of water from the Vltava River. Luckily, there are some of the rarest animals, one of which is the penguin. The penguins’ pavilion takes your imagination to the Chile or South African coast, where penguins live in the natural environment. In the pavilion, you will watch penguins moving in water, on dry ground, and underwater. Pass by the pavilion during winter and get the rare sight of a nesting penguin.
3. The Indonesian jungle
If you plan a Prague sightseeing trip, ensure to arrange for a visit to the thrilling Indonesian jungle. The jungle is one of the many pavilions that forming Prague ZOO, and it gives you the humid temperatures, dark caves, chirping birds, and flying bats experience you would expect in any jungle. Prague’s Indonesian jungle is one of the largest pavilions in Europe. It’s time you had a real experience of the jungle paths and saw the Komodo dragons.
4. Rocky outcrop
You cannot get a complete Prague sightseeing experience without the sheer rocky slopes located on the southern front of Prague ZOO. The rocky outcrop pavilion provides a mountainous view with the Caucasian ibex and the famous Himalayan tahrs moving with great agility. It is a pleasing sight to see.
5. African Savanna
The African savanna pavilion is famous among ZOO visitors who like to see the animal species living there. The pavilion sits on 2.5 hectares of open land where the animals move freely. You can visit the savanna to watch the zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and the ostrich, to mention but a few.
Other sights to visit within the ZOO include the salamander house, the paddling pool for children, the African House, and the fur seal exhibits. In general, the ZOO has 13 unique pavilions and about 150 exhibits, most of which you can explore within 4 to 5 hours.
Prague ZOO opened in 1931 and has been operating for close to 90 years now. The ZOO is considered a brainchild of Professor Jiří Janda, an accomplished zoologist, and ornithologist who researched its establishment between 1921 and 1991 while working for the Ministry of Education. One Mr. Svoboda, a landowner in the Troja area, is a notable figure in the zoo’s history as he contributed the initial land for its establishment.
When the ZOO first opened to the public, there were over 200 hundred animals by count. The number rose significantly with the introduction of new species and breeding over the years. In the year 2002, heavy showers of rain in the country occasioned flooding in the lower front of the garden leading to the evacuation of more than 2000 animals, including birds and reptiles. Today, the ZOO has over 5375 animals.
The Prague ZOO has enough fun for families and individuals. With over 5000 animals in the 13 pavilions, there is more than you can watch in a day. The vast, rugged landscape offers an excellent avenue for Prague sightseeing, not only within the zoo but also in the surrounding environments. ZOO is accessible in various ways, including public transport, and the opening hours are user-friendly. Additionally, the entry fees are affordable, and the payment methods flexible. Therefore, we believe that you will feel nice while watching and moving through the ZOO in the Troja area.