Basel Zoo

  • Things to do
  • Altstadt Grossbasel (central Grossbasel)
Basel Zoo
©Jörg HessThe penguin walks are one of Basel Zoo's most popular attractions

Time Out says

Switzerland’s oldest zoo, Basel Zoo or “Zolli” is home to more than 600 species.

Known affectionately to locals as Zolli, Basel Zoo is something of a landmark. It opened in 1874, making it Switzerland’s oldest zoo. It is also home to some 600 species, including meerkats, snow leopards, gorillas, spider monkeys, giraffes, penguins and parrots. The penguin walks that take place outside the Vivarium during the winter are not to be missed. Visitors themselves enjoy taking a walk there in the summer, when the zoo’s grounds look really pretty. The zoo is currently constructing a huge marine aquarium, Ozeanium, which is scheduled to open in 2020.


Binningerstrasse 40
Trams 1,2 and 8 or 10 minutes by foot from the Basel SBB station
CHF7 children under 15; CHF 12 adults 16-24; CHF18 adults 25-61; CHF16 senior citizens; CHF39 families
Opening hours:
8am-5.30pm daily Nov to Feb; 8am-6pm Mar, Apr, Sep and Oct; 8am-6.30pm May to Aug
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