Travelers visiting Zurich with little ones in tow (or just the young at heart) should make it a point to visit the city’s wonderful zoo, which is one of the most pleasant in Europe. Visitors of any age and parental status are welcome as well, of course, and the grounds are rumored to be a sought after destination for young Swiss couples out on a date.
One popular feature of the zoo is a large domed enclosure home to the native flora and fauna of Madagascar, with several of the smaller species let loose to roam freely among the visitors.
Guided adventure tours are available for larger groups, and a number of seminar rooms are available for rental and special events. There are also nine restaurants situated throughout the park, as well as the expected gift and souvenir shop.
Situated in a shady park just east of the city center, the zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals, including big cats, black rhinos, and Asian elephants. Just outside the walls of the zoo near the lion exhibit is the grave of the famous author of Ulysses, James Joyce, and on certain occasions, it is reputedly possible hear the big cats roar while paying your respects to the influential Irish scribbler.
The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., March-October, and 9 a.m.-5 .pm. November-February. There are extended evening hours one Saturday a month from June-October. Admission is approximately twenty-five dollars, with discounts for young children, students, and the disabled.