Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo)

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Blijdorplaan 8, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo) Reviews

Suusj Suusj
198 reviews
The Rotterdam Zoo Aug 25, 2013
After getting an upgrade on my review award I decided to look trough them and I found out that I never wrote a review about Blijdorp! My last visit was a couple of years ago but I found the pictures and decided on a review.

Blijdorp is situated in the city of Rotterdam, about a minute walk from the train station. It also possible to take the tram or by car, there is enough parking space.

From 1855 till 1940 the zoo was located at another place in the city. It was also not visible for everyone, only for the upper class. During the war the old location was bombed, lucky enough the zoo was already relocated to where it is today. The design of the new zoo contains little to no railing and more ditches and canals.

In 1984 the first baby elephant was born. The first elephant ever born in captivity in the Netherlands. Nowadays there are 10 elephants born in Blijdorp. Blijdorp is stimulating nature conservation trough observing, behavior, food and reproducing. Hoping that rare species don’t die out. Blijdorp is participating into 70 breading programs including; the Egyptian land turtle, the Asian Elephant and the little panda.

Sinse 1988 the animals are kept per continent. Not only animals but also vegetation and cultural elements are being displayed.

In 2001 he oceanium was officially opened. It’s build on 11 acres, which makes a total of 28 acres of zoo, and lies on the other side of the rail road. It is really funny to walk around Blijdorp and then see the train pas. The train rides over a bridge so you have no problems crossing. The Oceanium contains a large variety of fish.

In 2009 the new Giraffe exhibit was opened, a huge space in comparison to what they had before. They have an inside as well as an outside space. The outside they share with big koedoe’s.

As you can read, the Zoo is constantly alternated. The layout is constantly improved as are the animals exhibits. You get a map when you enter the Zoo and around the Zoo there are signs telling you where you are and what direction you can go.

There are several food courts in the Zoo. They serve the typical zoo foot (fries, sandwiches, candy and soda) nothing special and you will have to pay for them… There are a lot of benches and other places where you can sit and eat your home made lunch if you like.

The zoo is open 356 day a year. Entrance, €21.50 (!) for adults and €16.50 for children. If you buy your tickets online you get a €2.- discount. Parking cost €8.- for the full day.

I love animals and I love to watch them but, it’s a zoo and some of the spaces are a bit small. I would, despite of the price, I do recommend Blijdorp as it can entertain you for a whole day!
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moshers_moll moshers_…
12 reviews
A must for animals lovers. Not just for the children! Feb 03, 2010
When asked if I wanted to tag along with my friend and her toddler to Rotterdam Zoo, I couldn't resist, being such a keen animal lover, and boy am I glad I went along. It's easy to see why it's one of the most visited zoo's in Europe, it's HUGE! Excellent layout which is constantly being updated and improved upon. There's plenty of indoor/covered area's as well as outdoor making it an ideal place to visit whatever the weather.

The highlight of the attraction has to be the relatively newly opened Oceanium, apparently the largest in Europe. It was absolutely breathtaking to walk 'beneath the ocean' I'll let the photo's speak for themselves.

Though I thought admission was a little pricey with there being no separate price for adults. (Anyone over the age of 10 must pay full admission of €18.50. Prices for children between 3 and 9 is €15.50) However there's plenty to see and spend a good chunk of time here to get your moneys worth. Although it's worth mentioning there's also a car park fee of €7 regardless of length of stay. The zoo however is easily accessible via public transport.

Highly recommended for young and old alike. All the info you may require can be found at their website: http://www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl/
Freaky but friendly looking!
Danielmarley says:
thanks !
Posted on: Apr 18, 2011
Glynnes says:
An informative review. Thanks
Posted on: May 12, 2010
irish_dancer irish_da…
34 reviews
An ever changing zoo Apr 11, 2009
Being born and raised in Rotterdam I grew up visiting this zoo at least once a year. And still I love visiting it once a year.

The zoo has always something new to me, since it is always changing and improving; and they always have a nice group of young animals, thanks to the EEP.

The zoo intergrates new with old architecture: they keep old enclosures and intergrate them into new. I love that: it shows the history of the zoo.

It makes a nice day, weather it rains or shines: lot's of indoor areas as well. Very child friendly with playgrounds all around, childresn menu's etc.

it's easily accessed bij car: on the highway follow directions to Blijdorp; You park at the large parking at the Oceanium side. By public transport it's also very easy: take the train to Rotterdam Central Station and from there it's a 10 minute walk to the olde entrance, at the other side of the zoo.

And of course it the home of Bokito; an impressive animal!
zillahdeGroot zillahde…
11 reviews
Blijdorp Apr 05, 2008
I live very close to Blijdorp and I am a member. So for me it's very easy and cheap to visit. If you're in Rotterdam for only a day or 2, it's probably to expensive. But if you have some more time and allready visited all the sites in the city, it's nice place for a stroll and to get out of the busy city. They tried to put the animals together in areas in which you can find them in the wild as well. So there is Asia, Afrika, South America, Oceans and they are building an Arctic area with polar bears. The zoo is also a very nice park, with diffeent trees, flowers, ect.

I took some pictures last month to give you an idea, but I guess there website will provide more info. Have fun!
Spring in the Japanese garden
Japanese garden
Old fountain
jennethm jennethm
8 reviews
Nov 26, 2007
Diergaarde Blijdorp also known as the Rotterdam Zoo is one of the oldest zoo in the Netherlands counting at 150 years old. The original zoo was destroyed during the war but was rebuilt and opened again to the public in 1940, the designer being the same one who designed the Rotterdam Central station railway.

It contains various animals that are enclosed in the near-replica of their original habitat making it very large. Walking about the zoo is an exercise in itself, but at the same time admiring their vast collection of animals, birds, snakes and fishes. An Asian section houses Javanese monkeys, a bat cave, exotic birds to name a few. It even has a section about the Philippines, though the information was about the Philippines losing a great percentage of it's rainforest fast (translated to me, of course). The latest addition, the Oceanium (the best part for me second to the aviary), opened in 2004, presented a submarine world inhabited by sharks, jellyfish, and other creatures of the deep brought from around the world.

The zoo became more popular after the escape of Bokito. His original enclosure was under construction at the time of my visit but one can see that they have been putting more height to the walls as part of the increased security and widening the moat area. As a result of this escape, besides the Oceanium, Bokito has drawn a lot of crowd to his temporary enclosure, together with the other gorillas.

It is open all year long. Entrance is 16.50 euros for adults but it was well worth it. Parking is 5 euros for those who have cars. It is about 12 minutes of walk from the Rotterdam Central Station.

For those who have a few hours to spare in Rotterdam, especially those with kids, I am recommending the Rotterdam zoo for a place to visit.

For more pics, please check out my travel blog ;)
the seahorses playing ;)
part of Bokito's enclosure under r…
dicksiem says:
Cool that you wrote a review about Blijdorp. Always like going there!
Posted on: Mar 09, 2008
jennethm says:
Hello, yes I know why Bokito escaped and about the woman too, they were actually telling me too (joking of course) to not look at Bokito too much or else I would cause him to escape again! :D
Posted on: Mar 06, 2008
polvandenwirre says:
Do you know why Bokito the Gorilla escaped? THere was a woman frequently visting the zoo who always looked at him. While escaping Bokito wounded the woman... and went to the zoo cafetaria!
Posted on: Mar 06, 2008
dolfijn dolfijn
53 reviews
Sep 22, 2007
Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) is certainly one of the biggest attractions in the Netherlands. There is a whole world to explore and discover at Rotterdam ZOO.


Diergaarde Blijdorp (Official Dutch name: Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde, Foundation Royal Zoo of Rotterdam) is a zoo in the northwestern part of Rotterdam, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands. In 2007 it celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Rotterdam zoo was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. Some streetnames still remember to the old zoo, such as Diergaardesingel (Zoolane). Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public on December 7, 1940, it's current location. The new zoo was designed by dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn who also designed the Central railway station in Rotterdam.

In 2001, 'Blijdorp' opened the new western part, called Oceanium with its main attraction an aquarium, making the zoo almost twice as large. In water continent "Oceanium" you make a magical journey over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions'.

Throughout the zoo it contains various animals that are enclosed in the near-replica of their original habitat.

Blijdorp not only participates in animal programmes like EEP, it also houses a botanical garden and manages the Dutch National Bromelia Collection. In April 2004, the whole zoo was declared a national monument.
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travelman727 says:
Great review! I hope to visit Rotterdam soon after an TravBuddy Amsterdam Get-Together :-D
Posted on: Oct 16, 2007

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