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Copenhagen Zoo

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Copenhagen Zoo featuring zoo animals and land animals

Come and see the state-of-the-art elephant enclosure, the observation tower and animals from around the world in this historic Danish zoo.

With all the big names from the animal kingdom present, the Copenhagen Zoo is a great outing for families. Watch exciting daily feedings and climb a panoramic observation tower at the zoo’s center. While animals now live in state-of-the-art enclosures, many of the original structures have been maintained, so it is still clear that you are in one of the oldest zoos in Europe.

When Copenhagen Zoo opened in 1859, one of its main attractions was a turtle in a bucket. Today, the historic animal park is a leader in wildlife conservation and is home to more than 260 animal species from around the world. The Copenhagen Zoo attracts millions of visitors each year and remains one of the city’s most popular attractions.

The zoo’s exhibits are separated according to geography, so you can see each animal surrounded by its natural neighbors. Walk through the South America enclosures to discover anteaters and prairie dogs, or see red pandas in the Asian quarter.

A major attraction of the zoo is the state-of-the-art elephant enclosure, designed by a British architect and Danish landscape architect. The enclosure’s glass domed ceilings let natural light flood in. Visit the Asian elephants that call this atrium home and enjoy seeing them splashing and stomping about.

Climb to the top of the wooden observation tower, the zoo’s centerpiece since 1905. You are standing 143 feet (44 meters) above the suburb of Frederiksberg and have one of the best views of Copenhagen. While the animals go about their daily business below, you can use the aerial view to pick where you want to explore next.

The Copenhagen Zoo is located in Frederiksberg, a few miles (3 kilometers) west of the city center. The zoo can be easily reached by bike or public transportation, with a bus stopping just outside. Being beyond the city center, there is ample street parking with free and metered spots available. The zoo is open daily and a small fee applies.

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4 out of 5
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Hotel Ottilia by Brøchner Hotels
4 out of 5
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