Artis Zoo, the best kept secret of Amsterdam!
Come and stroll in nature's oasis in the midst of the bustling city! See more than 300 species of trees and more than 750 species of animals. Admire the gardens with their flowering bulbs in spring and study their rich vegetation in summer and autumn. Artis boasts some of the most beautiful 19th century architecture in Amsterdam, of which the Aquarium is a fine example. Marvel at the stories nature has to tell you.
Set in a large park, the Artis Royal Zoo is one of the best kept secrets of Amsterdam. It is located right in the city centre. Founded in 1838, it was the first zoo in the Netherlands and with its gardens, museums and library it soon became a vibrant centre of social life.
Something else to keep in mind: on summer weekends, the zoo often hosts a series of concerts and there are always special activities on the programme, like a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo or in the winter, ice-skating.