The 7 most popular zoos in Poland
Poland has so many great zoos that it’s really hard to pick the best ones! Like all over the world, zoos are one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Poland, a great day out for the whole family. Prepare yourself for a journey to the fantastic animal world!
All the listed zoos have been recently re-opened.
Wrocław Zoo and Africarium
The Wrocław Zoo is not only the oldest zoo located in Poland (established in 1865), but it also includes Africarium – the only oceanarium in the world dedicated to Africa’s water environment and the top tourist attraction in Poland. Africarium is located within the area of Wrocław Zoo and you do NOT need to buy any separate entrance tickets to Africarium. The opening hours of Africarium are the same as the whole Wrocław Zoo.
The Zoo in Wrocław during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Wrocław has been reopened on May 21. Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm. The Japanese Gate / Brama Japońska will remain closed. It’s recommended to buy tickets online.
The Zoo was opened in Praga district of Warsaw, in the place where it is today, in 1927. The garden was 12 ha, now it extends over an area of 40 ha. The Warsaw Zoo is a place with a lot of history. Between 1940 and 1944 Jan Żabiński (director of the Warsaw zoo) and his wife Antonina hid around 300 Jews in the zoo’s enclosures and in their own villa. You can read more about this history in a non-fiction book “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman or watch “The Zookeeper’s Wife” movie.
The Warsaw Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays. To avoid crowds the best option is to visit if possible on a weekday.
The Zoo in Warsaw during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Warsaw has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). The Zoo recommends buying tickets with mPay application or online. Two entrances will be open: from Ratuszowa Street and the Most Gdansk bridge (only one ticket office be open at each entrance).
For several years, the Łódź Zoo is developing a huge new project – Orientarium, which will occupy half of the garden (the opening is planned for May 2021). The Orientarium will be dedicated to fauna and flora of Southeast Asia, among others – Indian elephants, and in the aquarium – sharks, rays and coral reef fish.
The Zoo in Łódź during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Łódź has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). It’s recommended to buy tickets online.
In the Gdańsk Zoo (located in Oliwa district), animals from all continents live in the area of 125 hectares. Among them are those whose populations in the wild no longer exist. It is the largest zoo in Poland in terms of the area!
The Gdańsk Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays.
The Zoo in Gdańsk during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Gdańsk has been reopened on May 19. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (last entrance: 6 pm). Entrance only with online tickets!
There are over 1,400 animals in the Krakow Zoo, representing 270 species. Endangered animals constitute a large group (over 100 species). The Zoo is located in Wolski Forest (Las Wolski) – a beautiful forest park, unique in large cities, with numerous, marked walking and cycling routes.
The Zoo in Kraków during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Kraków has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). It’s recommended to buy tickets online.
Do you know the city where there are 2 zoos? In Poland it’s Poznań!
The New Zoo (founded in 1974) is like a huge forest, located in a hilly forest area with six large ponds. There is a free trackless train which makes it easy to explore the Zoo with children and strollers (the train has 5 stops).
The Old Zoo is smaller than the New Zoo which can be nice especially with smaller children – it’s more like a city park with animals. The main advantage of the Old Zoo is that it’s free – so no need to worry about long lines, no need to plan your visit.
The Zoo in Poznań during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Zoo in Poznań has been reopened on June 19. Entrance tickets to the New Zoo will be available only online or in ticket vending machines (payment only by card). The Old Zoo is opened too.
Katowice area – the Silesian Zoological Garden in Chorzów
This is the third largest zoo in Poland. In an area of nearly 50 ha, in the heart of Upper Silesia (Górny Śląsk), you can observe over 300 species of animals from all over the world. The zoo also hosts the Dinosaur Rock Valley (Skalna Kotlina Dinozaurów) – the first outdoor exhibition of this type in Europe, created in 1971.
The Zoo in Chorzów during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Śląski Ogród Zoologiczny has been reopened on June 1. The Zoo is open every day 9 am – 7 pm. Entrance to the zoo will only be possible through the main gate (the gate and ticket office at Złota street will be closed). 900 people can visit the zoo at the same time. Tickets can be bought at the zoo ticket office – we suggest cashless payment. You can buy tickets online.
Photo sources: Kids in the City, Wrocław Zoo, Warsaw Zoo, Łódź Zoo, Gdańsk Zoo, Poznań Zoo, Kraków Zoo, Chorzów Zoo
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