Top Zoos in Holland

Whether you are visiting Holland with kids, or whether you are an animal lover, the country is home to several outstanding zoos. Wander through the pretty ground and see a wide range of different animals from all over the world. Some zoos have smaller petting zoos, where you can get up close and personal with some smaller animals and domesticated breeds. You can also see some common pets and farmyard animals in the zoos in addition to the more exotic species. A day at the zoo can make a pleasant change to other types of sightseeing, a day where you can just relax and chill out whilst admiring some of earth’s most interesting creatures.

Artis Royal Zoo

Artis Royal Zoo is the oldest zoo in Holland, having been founded in the 1830s. There are numerous animals in the zoo, all of whom live in beautiful natural spaces; they have lots of space to roam and play, and the zoo tries to create living spaces that are as close to the animals’ natural habitat as possible. There are around 750 different types of animal that live in the zoo, including chimpanzees, sharks, wildebeest, zebras, elephants, snakes, birds, reptiles, and giraffes. The zoo also boasts an enormous planetarium and some gorgeous gardens, which are truly outstanding when all the colourful flowers are in bloom.


Rotterdam Zoo

Rotterdam zoo is an incredibly popular attraction in Holland, loved by locals and tourists alike. Part of the zoo’s appeal is that the animals live in simulated habitats as they would in the wild. You can stroll though different zones and environments, marveling at the different creatures that you will see. One minute you will be in the African Savanna, another you could be in the heart of tropical Asia, and the next you may be at a freezing ice cave. Here is a gigantic tunnel at the bottom of the sea that stretches for an impressive 22 metres. Go underwater without getting wet and be in awe as you watch marine life pass in front of your eyes. See penguins, puffins, otters, turtles, sharks, and fish as you watch in delight. Animals in the zoo include polar bears, elephants, birds, bats, and gorillas. There is a terrific children’s play area as well as a good selection of places to eat and drink.


Apenheul is another of Holland’s excellent zoos. It is in Apeldoorn. Opened in the 1970s, the idea was to create a space where monkeys and primates could live freely. Monkeys were able to roam around, reproduce, and raise their own offspring, and the zoo simply grew and grew from there. It is now a world-famous research centre, and visitors can enjoy the thrill and excitement of walking freely with the animals. Watch the monkeys swinging and playing in the trees before they come down right in front of you. It is sure to amaze old and young alike. Different species that live in the zoo include chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. 

Burger’s Zoo

Opened in the early 1900s, Burger’s Zoo was created as a place where animals could live freely in their natural habitat. There are no cages; it is an open zoo where many different types of animals live together as they would in the wild.  There are different eco-areas, making for some splendid viewing. The different zones are Bush, Ocean, Mangrove, Rimba, Safari, and Desert.  Research, education, and conservation are on the list of priorities for the zoo. Animals that live in the zoo include tigers, lions, zebras, rhinos, monkeys, giraffes, birds, sharks, and lizards. It is unlike most traditional zoos, and is sure to be a great day out.


In South Limburg, the award-winning GaiaZOO is truly beautiful and outstanding. Guests can take a journey through different habitats from around the globe, seeing an exciting range of different creatures that come from those parts in the wild. The different zones include Amazonia, Congo, Tundra, Namibia, and Europe. There is a small petting zoo as well as terrific bird shows. Interestingly, there are also areas designed to show what things were like in Limburg in the past - at different times throughout history the area has sat on the equator and on the edges of the sea, and it was subject to biting Polar winds that blew over the land during the Ice Age. You can see reconstructions of the city from these periods in time. There is a large dinosaur park too. 

Other great places to see animals in Holland include Safaripark Beekse Bergen, Amersfoort Zoo, Emmen Zoo, and RavotAapia.