Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.
Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.
As much as possible the over 900 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.
Having been closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, ARTIS is reopening to the general public on May 23, 2020.