ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
The main purpose of ARTIS, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, is to stimulate the care and love for nature. There are 27 historical buildings in the 140,000 m2 of the park. It's tucked away in a leafy green part of the city (the 'Plantage' District), and is a lovely place for nature lovers.
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Good fun and a learning experience for everyone from 6 years and up.
Ours was a father-son (25 years old) trip, and the zoo is very family oriented on a Sunday. Mostly locals it seemed, but all the signs had at least some English explanations. With the monkeys and baboons at least, it seemed that they were watching the human adults and children with as much interest as the humans watching them.
Our big error: arriving at 14:30 and not having enough time to visit more than half the exibits before the 18:00 closing time.
My son wants to go back with his girlfriend to see all the animals we missed.