The Antwerp zoo

Zoos can be found all over the world, but the Antwerp zoo is somehow a very special one. The Antwerp Zoo was founded in 1843. That makes it one of the oldest zoos worldwide and the oldest one in Belgium. The zoo is situated next to the very beautiful Antwerp central station, right in the busy center of the city.

Due to its location the zoo is not a very big one and some years ago the aquarium section was closed and moved to a location very near, in fact it's just across the Queen Astrid Square, only 100 meters away from the zoo entrance.

Aquatopia  is situated under the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel and is a public aquarium with about 10,000 species of fish and reptiles. It is divided into territories sharks, river, coral reefs, wetlands, mangroves, mysteries of the ocean, rainforest and lab. The Antwerp zoo also has another bigger zoo "Planckendael" located 40 kilometers away in the small village of "Muizen" near to the city of Mechelen.

In the Antwerp zoo there are about 5.000 animals from 950 species. Going from birds to elephants. It also has an amazing garden and all the buildings in the zoo are listed UNESCO buildings. A visit to the Antwerp Zoo is always a moment of sheer relaxation in the centre of the city and can be combined with a visit to the central station and the new shopping center underneath it.

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