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Helsinki Zoo

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Address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki 00570, Finland
Phone Number:
+358 3 5891695969
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20...

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from the city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal and 1000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls. Not to mention the indigenous Finnish species: elk, bear, wolverine, forest reindeer and more.

The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Helsinki Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Helsinki zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to re-introduce animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is renowned for its work in helping endangered big cats. Helsinki Zoo is the most significant annual donor for the conservation of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger.

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Restful zoo visit by boat

The animals are a little cramped and their cages aren't as modern as in some European zoos, but still they seem relaxed and have ample hiding places. OK restaurants in the zoo... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Auri P
Espoo, Finland
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Sharnford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a surprise to find a zoo open in such cold conditions and a great experience! Getting to the zoo is simple on the #16 Bus from the central train station and takes less than 30 minutes. Entry to the zoo was 12 EUR each although there are cheaper options for families - cards are accepted. The zoo itself... More 

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very easy to get to, with buses running quite frequently and dropping you off right at the gates (there was no boat because it was winter). It was a typical old-fashioned city zoo with lots of concrete and animals in smallish, cages spaces. The bit you go into first is the worst for this and has the least interesting animals,... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals are a little cramped and their cages aren't as modern as in some European zoos, but still they seem relaxed and have ample hiding places. OK restaurants in the zoo, also good places to eat your own packed lunch. The island location gives the zoo a unique flavour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fab day to spend and easy way from the city centre. Bus takes about half an hour and you can spend hours walking around the island. Beautiful views and lovely animals of course.

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QLD, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It could have been because it was winter, but there was a real lack of animals. Saying that though, what we saw was interesting. It is very pretty in winter, but very quiet. You can catch the Zoo bus from the main train station in Helsinki, which was easy to do. It is about a 20 minute trip to reach... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Korkeasaari, helsinki's zoo is a great way to spend the day with your family - or just as a couple. Located on an island just off the coast of helsinki (catch the ferry from city center during the summer season, a bus during winter), it's best enjoyed either on a summerday (it can get crowded though due to the summerholidays),... More 

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Lanzarote, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Very nice place ! Everything is in order in the zoo showing the nests and each animal's name and backround. Children were amazed. We didn't see the bears because winter season was just starting and they went to sleep. totally reccomended for families!

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth a small boat to go to the zoo. This is good experiences to the child. The zoo is a very beautiful place, and clean. On the island there are picnic spots and the opportunity to buy on the spot (the spot more expensive). Time should reserve about 3-4 hours, you will calmly look around all the animals. Tropical... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Visiting Helsinki in November with a 14 and 8 year old. Cold outside and finding something to that burns off energy and is fun isn't always easy. Spent almost 4 hours at the zoo as they raced to be the first one to find the animal, reptile, bird in each of the exhibits. Bus 16 was easy to use to... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We visited the zoo because the kids wanted, but the thing is you could see how the animals didnt enjoy space enough, and how the pikku panda bear was very stressed and clearly unhappy. It does not really worth to visit zoos where the animals cant be free and have a normal life. Also, Finland is such a cold country... More 

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