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Helsinki Zoo

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Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki 00570, Finland
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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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  • Poor4%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki 00570, Finland
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+358 9 31037900
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I visited Korkeasaari last Saturday. My previous visit was more than 30 years ago and I didn't have any positive memories of it. This time I went there with my grand children hoping for at least some improvements. Needless to say that we all were...More

1  Thank Globetrotter1948
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

If this zoo wasn't on the island, I would give only 2 "stars" for it, but the surroundings are great and the boat trip to Korkeasaari is nice. It was very crowded on a sunny Sathurday, so that was not so enjoyable. There were some...More

Thank Jenny A
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The transfer with boat is nice and the surroundings are good for an outing. But you pay a lot for a ZOO. And in the end both the children and the adults have no recollection of animals. Apart from the geese and seagulls.,

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Can go by the boat trip or w/bus different sides... Much animals and pets to see and enjoy :) I like it *****

1  Thank ElisabethIII
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

The zoo is situated in a lovely little island off Helsinki. You can get there by water-bus or across a bridge. Good maps and signs can be found around the island. Maybe some of the animals coud have had a bit more living space. The...More

Thank Marja K
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We took the local bus from Helsinki station (as recommended) which seemed to take forever as it wound it's way through suburbia. Upon arrival,purchased lunch at the café (standard overpriced sandwiches) and then headed off. Whilst it's a lovely walk,there seemed to be a large...More

1  Thank NannyBSmith
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I visited Korkeasaari with my mother and my partner, and we had a lovely time walking around the island. We were lucky enough to see a lot of baby animals and everything seemed to be well taken care of. This is a place where you...More

1  Thank LauraNip
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

If you'd like to spend some time outdoor but not ready for hiking challenges, Korkeasaari is definitely your place. Take some snacks and sandwiches with you, catch the boat from Helsinki citycenter and enjoy this wonderful island and fresh Baltic weather all year around. Even...More

2  Thank Tatyana A
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

A lovely little place to visit providing the weather is nice, but the layout is slightly confusing and a lot of places on the island seemed to be under construction. Some of the enclosures seemed quite small but there is a good range of animals...More

Thank Duran J
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is the best zoo I've ever visited in my life (giving that I'm from a developing country and not yet have chances to visit many zoos in Europe). Nevertheless, it's worth a visit. Everything is really nice. The open air is refreshing. The facilities...More

Thank Vinh B
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ClassyLad
14 April 2017|
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Response from Korkeasaari | Property representative |
Hello, and welcome to Finland! The quickest way depends on where you should be at 1pm. Both the ferry from the Market Place and the bus no 16 from the Central Railwaystation take about 20 minutes. As the first ferry leaves... More
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Borrnodrog
30 March 2017|
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Response from Korkeasaari | Property representative |
I'm sorry the reply is a bit late, hope this helps someone else. The ferry from the Market Place operates from 1st of May until the end of September. Bus no 16 runs from the Central Railway Station all year round every 20... More
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Natálie K
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Response from GREYGALAH H | Reviewed this property |
yes, they're there, but not a lot of them.
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