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Planckendael Mechelen Reviews
Nature and wild animals May 01, 2012
For me this 'zoo' is a piece of nature close to home.
I go here 3 or 4 times a year.
It is not you average zoo.
While in most zoo's the animals are kept in cages you will find no such thing here.
All the animals have a more natural enclosure with allot trees, plants, ect.
The park is not only important because of it's animals but also for their wide variety of trees.
I've been here all seasons and it is alway a really beautiful place to be.
In the summer months there are allot of storks (they have a breeding program)but also other baby animals.
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not your average zoo Dec 25, 2011
Planckendael is another zoo and is said to be the "little brother" of the Antwerp zoo. It is part of the Antwerp Zoo Group and was originally intented as a kind of retirement home for the old animals which were placed in Antwerp.
But soon enough it gained its own success especially with the breeding program of storks, which you will find throughout the entire park.
Although the park is relatively bigger than the one in Antwerp you'll find fewer animals. Planckendael isn't your average zoo. It is more an "adventure park" with children's playgrounds where you can learn more about animals.
It can easily be reached with your car or even with public transport. A fun thing to do with kids is the following: take a trainticket to Mechelen and from their you can take a boat all the way to the zoo.
When you visit Planckendael, keep an open mind and don't expect lots of cages with animals ... here you will find lots and lots of open space. The entire park is divided into continents, just follow the arrows and let yourself be surprised!
The entrance fee is the same like the Antwerp Zoo. An adult pays 21 euro, children 17 euro and toddlers are free.
Part of the list Fun things to do with the little ones and the slightly older
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