ZOO Planckendael

ZOO Planckendael, Mechelen: Hours, Address, ZOO Planckendael Reviews: 4.5/5

ZOO Planckendael
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos • Parks
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Greet J
16 contributions
Excellent example of how zoos should be.
Aug. 2021 • Family
I have been a member of Planckendael and Antwerp Zoo for many years since childhood but now living abroad I’ve not had a yearly visit or 2 or 3 like I used to. I have visited in august 2021 and for the first time as an active wheelchair user. I must say I am very impressed with the quality of the enclosures and the way it is now laid out. My son and partner enjoyed the walk through the trees and we all loved seeing the freedom of roaming for the animals as well as the diversity of animals looked after in this zoo with information presented about them. I would thoroughly recommend visiting and appreciating this Zoo as a high standard of animal conservation. Also for accessibility this zoo was really very good; I only needed one or two little bits of assistance but able to access all that I wanted.
Written August 24, 2021
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Eugene L
Steenhuffel, Belgium27 contributions
Animals kept in spacious conditions
Sep. 2020
I have not been to Planckendael since it was closed for Covid but I have been there many times previously. The Zoo is set in an extensive rural setting and the animals are divided by "continents". They are kept in spacious enclosures and there is quite a lot of variety. Parking is good and the restaurants are acceptable. I am obliged to choose "September 2020" as the date of my visit but clearly this was not the case as the zoo was closed to the public for Covid measures. My last of many visits was November 2019.
Written August 4, 2021
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Tunes79
Barrow-in-Furness, UK362 contributions
Bigger & Better Than Expected - Brilliant for Kids
Aug. 2019 • Family
A brilliant range of animals, wonderful habitats, and great all-round fun made this a perfect family day out before flying back home.

With elephants, lions, cheetahs and more, all living in well-maintained habitats and with enough space not to feel as though they are penned in - the elephants in particular seem to have a vast home - there is much to see and it could easily fill a whole day, and more.

The paths are perfect for pushing a toddler around in his pram. There are stairs on some routes, but always alternatives, while they can see most of the animals very easily without having to get out.

There are playgrounds located at regular intervals, meaning the kids are well catered for when they want a break from looking at the animals. They have different themes and layouts and are they perfect for children from as young as 6 months up for playing in the sand, with more advanced playground equipment for older children. Ours loved the two we stopped at.

There are also lots of toilet stops and bins, which was good to see, with separate recycling facilities next to every waste bin, backing up environmental credentials.

Food served in the various cafes and food huts is what you would expect from any such attraction, without costing the Earth. Sandwiches, snacks, drinks & more can be found at regular intervals.

It’s only 25 minutes from Brussels Airport as well, so perfect for a last-day stop prior to a flight.
Written September 1, 2019
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T G
Brussels, Belgium12 contributions
Well worth it
Aug. 2019
Grandparents, parents and younger grandchildren all had a great day today visiting animals set out by geographical regions, a sense of environmental importance and the need for conservation being communicated. The walk ways through the zoo and the viewing places are given a cultural ambience as well with a school in rural India, field study centres as they might be in Africa, village in Kerala for example. There are also walkways through the treetops, and also added playgrounds, a sandpit and added features for children to play. Really creative, and more to do than can be done in a day.

Good weather helped us, and the drive there is best done to arrive at opening time, leaving before rush hour on the roads. I can't comment on access by public transport.

Not cheap; but well worth what you pay.
Written August 23, 2019
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Bisky S
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK27 contributions
Great Family Day Out
Aug. 2019 • Family
Visited here with young grandchildren, daughter, and in-laws family.
I’m not normally a fan of animals in captivity but, what a beautifully designed and user friendly place this is.
The extra positive side to it is that they have an ongoing programme of reintroducing animals into their natural habitat.
The set up is based on each continent having their own area, with village buildings indigenous to that continent.
You can spend an hour or two in each area then link into the next continent.
The animals are as diverse as the continents cultures, and appear healthy and well cared for.
There are play areas for the kids and various cafes serving food and drinks.
Disabled access appears well thought out and wheelchairs, Parma etc can be hired.
At around €25 an adult and €20 for 3 - 11 year olds (free for under 3’s) (plus parking €9 per day) it’s not cheap, but go early and spend the day and you’ll enjoy the experience.
Written August 7, 2019
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E Suys
6 contributions
Fun day
Aug. 2019 • Friends
It was a very nice day. There were a lot of animals. Fun garantueed! Easy way to get there. 100% would recommend
Written August 6, 2019
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Wout
1 contribution
Empty cages and bad shuttle service
Aug. 2019 • Family
Public transport is difficult, back of station through works about 7-10min. Then one has even to pay at a job student for a bus that is too late. Cause of long queue and time loss for something that should be included for bad location.
In parc a lot of empty spaces, no animals. Other people complained too.
Nice spots for Kids. But go to pairi daiza or zoo Antwerp. Much better.
Of course connection to Brussels missed in rerurning...
Written August 1, 2019
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Sonja V
Mechelen, Belgium75 contributions
Nog steeds een grote schande!
Jul. 2019 • Friends
I visited last year and they make publicity for the biggest bonobo stay BUT the pour LIONS still live one 1 quare meter!
This is nog in balance and unfair!
On top parking is 9 eur!!!!
I was nog happy with my visit!
Written July 7, 2019
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margrietjansz
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands9 contributions
Space and old trees offer animals a good place
Jul. 2019 • Friends
We came to see a snow leopard - and saw it very well. But we had time, visited most of the zoo and saw animals at ease. A good place to go on a hot day, with lots of shade.
Written July 4, 2019
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VPowFam
34 contributions
Great zoo for children
Apr. 2019 • Family
There are soooooo many playgrounds. The children love this place. All in all, is a great little zoo and park... and it has good food. We have passes and choose to go often.
Written June 11, 2019
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