The Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam, in Dutch Koninklijk Zoölogisch Genootschap Natura Artis Magistra (a quotation meaning ‘nature is the master of art’ in Latin), is one of the oldest public facilities in the city. Founded in 1838 by Gerardus Frederik Westerman (1807 – 1890), Johann Wilhelm Heinrich Werlemann (1807 – 1877) and Johannes Wilhelmus Wijsmuller (1806 – 1882), it is one of the first green projects in the Dutch capital.
The Amsterdam Zoo is considered to be one of the best destinations for a nature walk amidst old trees and plants, and to admire animals of the most diverse species without straying too far from the city centre. It houses not only 8200 animals of almost 800 different species, but also 200 varieties of plants and trees, many of them endangered.
The Artis covers 14 hectares and is divided into various sectors:
A visit to the Amsterdam Zoo will allow you to admire with your own eyes species that are unusual in our parts, such as the various tropical fish, but also mammals such as elephants, oryx, zebras and antelopes that walk around undisturbed, or visit the bird house with all the winged species, right up to the butterfly pavilion where you will feel as if you are being embraced by each one.
You can buy tickets directly on site or in advance via the Internet, paying by credit card. Reductions are available for children under 10 years of age and you can buy two types of tickets: the basic ticket includes all attractions except Micropia, while the full ticket also gives access to the latter.
Amsterdam Zoo has the following opening hours:
During the zoo’s opening hours, it is also always possible to attend various shows and guided tours, which give you the chance to see how the animals behave up close.
The Micropia pavilion has the following opening hours:
Amsterdam Zoo is located at Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, and can be easily reached either by car, as there is a large parking area, or by public transport, such as bus, tram and metro.
The nearest metro stop is Waterlooplein; once you get off, you have to walk for about 10 minutes in a westerly direction through the Nieuwe Herengracht and the botanical garden. Alternatively, you can also take this route by bus: trams 9 and 14 stop in front of the Waterlooplein and stop directly at the zoo entrance, as does the 757 bus.
Artis Zoo is located in the Plantage district, east of Amsterdam's historical centre. The zoo's main entrance is located along Plantage Kerklaan, a tree-lined street between the Tropenmuseum and the Jewish Historical Museum.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.