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Helsinki Zoo

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Address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki 00570, Finland
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+358 9 31037900
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20...

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from the city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal and 1000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls. Not to mention the indigenous Finnish species: elk, bear, wolverine, forest reindeer and more.

The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Helsinki Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Helsinki zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to re-introduce animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is renowned for its work in helping endangered big cats. Helsinki Zoo is the most significant annual donor for the conservation of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger.

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Great for a day out

Korkeasaari is a perfect place to go for a day out. On top of seeing animals, you get very nice views of the city of Helsinki too (if you neglect the construction sites at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lauri H
Kuopio, Finland
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Kuopio, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Korkeasaari is a perfect place to go for a day out. On top of seeing animals, you get very nice views of the city of Helsinki too (if you neglect the construction sites at Kalasatama). During the winter season it's also very quiet and you get lots of space for just yourself and avoid the large groups of kids. Go... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely zoo. Lots of animals to see. Most of the animals were out in their enclosures and it was very quite when we visited early morning. It was easy to get to, we got the bus from outside the central station you can't miss it as it has zoo animals printed on the side, it took around 25 minutes. It... More 

Thank Shabbylaura
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes about 40 minutes to get to the Zoo from the city center, but it is definitely worth it. In addition to an extensive collection of birds and animals in open-air cages and special pavillions, you can meet peacocks and geese who walk free, so you have a chance to make great photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent prestidigitator famous zoo Azhab it requires a reservation to ride a ship into the cause of its island location not far Dqaig ten tickets or take a quarter of an hour through the vessel until it reaches all or flip Granger viewing Do not miss

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

On the small side as far as zoos go, but there was only ~10 other visitors when we went, so felt like a private zoo! All the animals were outside, the Tiger cubs in particular were very active, always playing and slipping in the snow, a real treat to watch! Definitely the best zoo I've been to in terms of... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

A nice zoo, not the biggest in the world but its location on an island in touching distance of downtown Helsinki is great. I've been in the summer and the winter. Both are good but I most enjoyed in the winter in the snow when there are few people around and the animals are exploring the snow or welcoming it... More 

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Birmingham, MI USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I visited the Helsinki zoo in Mid-January. There were very few animals that were out to see, which was disappointing. The zoo, however, looked like a great place to visit in warmer weather. It is on an island and well laid out, with many animal exhibits. However, I would avoid it during the winter, if you are going to see... More 

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Sharnford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

It was a surprise to find a zoo open in such cold conditions and a great experience! Getting to the zoo is simple on the #16 Bus from the central train station and takes less than 30 minutes. Entry to the zoo was 12 EUR each although there are cheaper options for families - cards are accepted. The zoo itself... More 

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Very easy to get to, with buses running quite frequently and dropping you off right at the gates (there was no boat because it was winter). It was a typical old-fashioned city zoo with lots of concrete and animals in smallish, cages spaces. The bit you go into first is the worst for this and has the least interesting animals,... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The animals are a little cramped and their cages aren't as modern as in some European zoos, but still they seem relaxed and have ample hiding places. OK restaurants in the zoo, also good places to eat your own packed lunch. The island location gives the zoo a unique flavour.

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