Lions, tigers and bears, oh my - plus hundreds of other species in a modern zoo which still preserves much landmark Art Nouveau architecture
Copious Fauna & Flora Right in City Park
One of the world's oldest zoos (established in 1866), centrally located in City Park just behind Heroes' Square, conserves some of the handsome Art Nouveau architecture of its founding era (considered national monuments, in fact). However, the facilities have been greatly updated and modernised. Today, the zoo and botanical garden receive more than a million visitors annually, who come to see 733 animal species and more than 2,000 types of plants from across the planet. From the elephant house, you can climb an observation tower for a good look out over the park, while the garden's Palm House has a delightfully tropical feel to it. The whole business is of course quite family friendly, with plenty of activities and workshops for the little ones.