Basel Zoo (or the 'Zolli' as it is affectionately known by locals) welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors every year, making it Switzerland's largest zoo and the country's most popular tourist attraction.
In 2008, Basel Zoo was named one of the world's top 15 zoos. And in 2009, Basel Zoo ranked as the 7th best in Europe. Animals on display at Basel Zoo currently include Indian rhinoceroses, flamingos, wild donkeys, cheetahs, pygmy hippopotamuses, ostriches, zebras, kangaroos, lemurs, lions, crocodiles and orang-utans.
Opening times and helpful information
Basel Zoo is opened to the public every day of the year, generally from 8am until 5.30 pm or 6.30pm depending on the time of year you visit. Discounted entry is offered on Mondays, but typically speaking an adult ticket will cost 18 Swiss Francs (around £11 GBP) and a child ticket will cost 12 Swiss Francs (roughly £7 GBP). Family and senior passes can also be purchased at a discount. Basel zoo is a not-for-profit organisation and happily accepts donations towards the care of its animals.
Getting to Basel Zoo from our central Basel hotel
Our city-centre hotel in Basel couldn't be more conveniently placed for visitors to Basel Zoo as it's just a two minute walk along the Steinentorstrasse - and less than ten minutes in the opposite direction to the historic cathedral of Basel Munster, another of the city's popular attractions.