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The truth is that everybody likes going to the zoo. It’s a place where you get to see incredibly interesting wild life and the way they interact with people. What is more, it might be the only chance for most of us to actually see particular animals which are rather rare. With this in mind, the Zoo in Prague is one that’s definitely worth paying a visit to. And it is not only about beautiful animals inside of the zoo, but also the pleasant countryside which is surrounding it.
The Zoo in Prague is open every single day throughout the entire year. The ticket office which is situated by the main entrance is also open daily while the ones which are on the northern and southern ends are opened during the weekends. During official holidays as well as throughout school vacations, the Zoo is going to close half an hour before its official closing time. This is pretty convenient, and that’s why it’s usually visited by a tremendous amount of both locals and tourists who’ve come to the city. The opening hours throughout the year can vary based on the month:
January, February 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
March 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (from 25th of March is opened until 6 p.m.)
April, May 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
June, July, August 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
September, October 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November, December 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
*The times stated here could be object of a change please check also the official website.
The admission fees can vary from 150 CZK (approx. 5,50 EUR) for children, students and retirees to 200 CZK (approx. 7,50 EUR) for adults. Pragues zoo is also having special offer from time to time, so it is good to check their website for the price at the moment.
Of course, the main attraction of the Zoo is the tremendously abundant habitat of different animals. There are hundreds of different species that you can take a look at. There are, however, a few must-see attractions that you shouldn’t miss. Right off the bat, you have to take a look at the Giant Salamander in his layer as well as the Hippo House. The latter is basically a giant pool and land area where the hippos reside. There is also an elephant valley and a gorilla pavilion to showcase these beautiful and already rather rare animals. Of course, for the lovers of cute little penguins – you can also take a look at those. There is an African house which contains quite a lot of animals which are characteristic for the continent. In any case, the truth is that there are quite a lot of different animals that you can take a look at. What is more, the entire zoo is designed in an interesting layout so you most certainly wouldn’t get bored.
The Prague Zoo has its location in the municipal district of Praha Troja. The exact address is U. Trojskeho zamku 3/120. There are quite a lot of different ways to get there.
You can use public transportation - bus number 112. This bus is going from stop Nádraží Holešovice - which is also a stop of metro line C. The ride from Nádraží Holešovice takes approximately 10 minutes and the interval of the departures of the bus is around 7-15 minutes. If you are taking ferry - which operates daily between Podbaba and Podhoří and which is stopping approximately 1,5 km from the zoo you can use bus number 236 from Podhoří station.
You can also go to Prague zoo by car and you can park it there. Zoos parking lot can take around 850 cars and they are closing about an hour after the zoos closing time. You can purchase A parking card at the ticket offices at the entrances to the zoo or at payment terminals located in the parking lots. The price for a car is 100 CZK (approx. 4 EUR) per day.
From March to October you can also use steamboat on Vltava to reach the zoo. The steamboat departs from the Rašín Embankment (in Czech Rašínovo nábřeží) or from Čech Bridge (in Czech Čechův most) and in 75 or 55 minutes respectively will take you to the dock on Císařský Island near the zoo. You can buy one-way and also return ticket and the price varies according to the ticket. For example one-way ticket for an adult costs 190 CZK (approx. 7 EUR). To see exact prices visit official website of steamboat operator.
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