Destination: Knies Kinder Zoo, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Our little Prince Charming has been obsessed about visiting a zoo for quite some time now. He has millions of questions like “do tigers like to swim?” or “can dolphins swim in the air? (whatever that is supposed to mean…)” or “what do the monkeys like to eat?” “can a giraffe reach the ground with its head?” …always followed by the final question: “when do we finally go to see some real ones?
So when the summer holidays were finally approaching, we decided to fulfill the little guy’s wish and headed to Knies Kinder Zoo in Rapperswil. We ended up choosing this particular zoo because we knew it is not too big, but there is still enough to experience. Needless to mention that even though the little guy is very interested about multiple things, his concentration is still at a typical level for his age group.
Knies Kinder Zoo has giraffes, zebras, elephants, flamingos and pinguines. If you like, you can pet the little goats. And if you get lucky (or realize to look the timetables beforehand, which we naturally didn’t do…) you can ride a pony or a camel. Elephant rides were not available this time due to special arrangments because of the covid-19. Knies Kinder Zoo also has a few restaurants, playgrounds and a souvenir shop with millions of cute stuffed animals (advice to all parents: cover the eyes of your children and run unless you want a car full of those on the way home!!!) They also seemed to be building some kind of a new arena for shows. We’ll have to check back on that next time..
Our kids enjoyed the pony rides and would have definitely wanted to go around million times. Explaining that the ponies get tired and need some rest seemed to be good enough a reason to move on. Our favorites on this zoo were the giraffes. It was fun to watch these huge animals with enormously long necks following their feeding balls around the area. They were very curious. And had friendly eyes, too. You could actually climb up into a terrace that was place in the same level with their heads!
There was a lot of information available about all the animals, but as usual I was too busy running after Little Prince Charming who wanted to see everything at once and didn’t understand what was so interesting on these pieces of cardboard with some black marks on them… oh well, maybe the time comes when I can concentrate again. It was fun to watch their joy anyway.
After going around the zoo multiple times, we decided to take a little walk by the lake Zurichsee, which is located nearby. There is a beautiful wooden walkway going above the water in the end of the lake, so off we went. We could see different kinds of fish under the surface of clear water. And we could see numerous birds swimming in the water or flying around. Lastly, my dear hubby was searching a geocatche, which was nowhere to be found. After two failed attempts, we headed to the car. Others were tired but happy. Only my dear husband was a little disappointed about not finding the geocatche.
The evening was crowned with a tasty meal at our dear friend’s place nearby the city of Zürich. And when we finally got home, our Little Prince Charming just had to wear his giraffe pyjamas for the night. I wonder what he was dreaming about…?
Location: Rapperswil, Switzerland
With a car: Navigation address: Oberseestrasse 36, 8640 Rapperswil. You can reach the zoo using the A3 Zurich – Chur/Chur – Zurich, exit at Pfäffikon/SZ, Seedamm, town centre, towards St. Gallen Wattwil, Lido or using the A52, exit at Rapperswil, Zürcherstrasse, town centre, towards Lido/Hochschule Rapperswil.
Public Transportation: You can reach Knies Kinderzoo with the train or the ferry. From the Rapperswil train station you can reach Knie’s Kinderzoo by the underpass, Oberseestrasse or the walkway in about 5 minutes. From the ferry landing the walk to the zoo is about a 15 minutes.
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Cost: Adults 19 CHF per person, children aged 4+ 6 CHF. For groups or special condition check the website
Open: Open from June 6th to October 31st (2020) every day including sundays and public holidays. From 9 am to 6 pm.
Services: WC, restaurants, cafees, souvenir shop, playgrounds
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