Mandatory Prague

Prague Zoo

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Every major city has a zoo. But does every city have a zoo that’s ranked the 5th best in the world?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

There’s a reason the Prague Zoo brags so many accolades. Located near the Trója Chateau in Prague 7, the zoo is home to nearly 5,000 animals and 650 species. The zoo came to be as a way to commemorate the wedding of Crown Prince Rudolf and Princess Stephanie of Belgium in 1881—because what better way to celebrate a new bride and groom than with a couple hundred furry attendees?

Opening to the public in 1931 and currently visited by more than one million people each year, the zoo boasts amazing views and is a gorgeous park in itself with wandering paths overlooking the city and river. It is also known for being one of the only successful breeders of Przewalski Horses, an effort that has largely contributed to the preservation of the species.

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