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Basel Zoo

Spend hours walking around one of the country’s most impressive zoos .Marvel at the thousands of animals roaming around their large enclosures.

Basel Zoo is an enormous home for animals with an aquarium, a birdhouse and many vast expanses of vegetation where exotic beasts roam. The zoo’s philosophy is to keep the animals happy in large spaces resembling their natural habitats. Look for the 650 different species in Switzerland’s oldest animal park, which dates back to 1874.

The zoo is an ideal site for a long walk in the sunshine due to its large size and picturesque setting. Take a tour of the zoo with a zookeeper who will explain the biology and context of each animal.

Watch some of the fearsome beasts in the Etosha section, which is named after a national park in Namibia. Here, you will find lions, cheetahs, meerkats and other natural predators. Learn about the animals’ habits and habitats from exhibits and plaques. Go to the Africa area to see some of the continent’s most remarkable animals, including hippos, zebras and ostriches, living together.

Take a look at your closest non-human relatives in The Ape House, where gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans play and swing on ropes. Watch tiny spider monkeys and white-faced sakis on the rooftop section. Take the kids to the small playground near the enclosure.

In the children’s zoo, kids can pet animals and watch penguins waddling in a large garden. Wander through the scenic Vivarium to see lizards, snakes and bizarre fish. Have lunch at one of several restaurants and cafés dotted around the park.

Basel Zoo plays such an important role in the city’s culture that locals have given it an affectionate nickname, “Zolli.”

The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon. There is a fee for adults, with discounts for under 25s, children and seniors. You can also purchase annual passes and group tickets.

Find the entrance to Basel Zoo in the downtown area of Steinen, although its grounds extend as far as the city’s southern border with Binningen. It is a short walk from Basel SBB Railway Station and many tram and bus stops.


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Hyperion Hotel Basel £95
Hyperion Hotel Basel

Hyperion Hotel Basel

Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Messeturm Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within 3 miles (5 km). Basel Bad Station is 7 minutes by foot and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 16 minutes.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel £121
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel

    Steinentorstrasse 25, Basel, BS
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Basel City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Basel Historical Museum and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also within 2 miles (3 km). Basel SBB Station is 7 minutes by foot and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 12 minutes.

      Dorint An der Messe Basel £101
      Dorint An der Messe Basel

      Dorint An der Messe Basel

      Schoenaustrasse 10, Basel, BS
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musical Theater Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within 3 miles (5 km). Basel Bad Station is 10 minutes by foot and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 19 minutes.

        ART HOUSE Basel - Member of Design Hotels £171
        ART HOUSE Basel - Member of Design Hotels

        ART HOUSE Basel - Member of Design Hotels

        Steinenvorstadt 42, Basel, 614817472
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Basel Art Museum (Kunstmuseum) and 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Vitra Design Museum. Marktplatz Tram Stop is 10 minutes by foot and Basel SBB Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel Victoria £125
          Hotel Victoria

          Hotel Victoria

          Centralbahnplatz 3-4, Basel, BS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Basel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of BIS Tower and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also within 2 miles (3 km). Basel SBB Station is only a 3-minute walk and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 18 minutes.

            ibis budget Basel City £64
            ibis budget Basel City

            ibis budget Basel City

            Grosspeterstrasse 12, Basel
               
              1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sankt Alban, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of BIS Tower, St. Jakobshalle and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Basel SBB Station is 10 minutes by foot and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 23 minutes.

              Hotel Spalentor £101
              Hotel Spalentor

              Hotel Spalentor

              Schönbeinstrasse 1, Basel, BS
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Spalentor, Basel Zoo and Congress Center Basel. St. Jakobshalle is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Marktplatz Tram Stop is 7 minutes by foot and University Tram Stop is 8 minutes.

                ibis Basel Bahnhof £88
                ibis Basel Bahnhof

                ibis Basel Bahnhof

                Margarethenstrasse 33-35, Basel, BS
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of BIS Tower and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also within 3 miles (5 km). Basel SBB Station is 6 minutes by foot and Marktplatz Tram Stop is 18 minutes.