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The Bratislava Zoo (Slovak: Bratislavská zoologická záhrada) originates in 1960 and in these days is in the borough of Karlova Ves. It lies in the Little Carpathians forest and as of 2007, the zoo has an area of 96 ha, and is home to 1307 specimens of 152 animal species. In 2006, the zoo received 203,000 visitors.
Bratislava Zoological Garden is a popular destination not just for children but as there were a major reconstruction and extension recently the ZOO can enjoy enormous increase of tourists too. The garden is divided into several parts. You can find a bird lake with a path towards the variety of bird cages. All around there are the pavilions with various animals. There are also geographically motived sections, a section with white rhinos, antelopes, hyenas and other African animals, another with Australian kangaroos and rehas, and third one with nandus and llamas from South America.
The one of the most popular part is certainly the Dino Park – the Central European’s unique exposition of 22 life sized replicas of pre-historic animals. It lies in the forest area of 3 ha within the garden. All these Mesozoic dinosaurs can be tuned on and one is even movable. All scenes are coordinated by central computer and there are 14 scenes in total simulating the life in Mesozoic age. The part of the exposition is the children paleontological playground, the educational route and 3D cinema of the evolution on Earth. The extraordinary piece is the 200 mil. years old Mesozoic plant Wollemi Pine.
The Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the summer (April-October) and from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the winter. You can find there several possibilities for refreshment, children playground and Zoo Shop. ZOO is located approx. 15 minutes away by car from the city centre in the district of Bratislava Mlynska Dolina. It is also accessible by public transport (buses No. 30, 31, 32, 37, 39, 92, bus stop Slavicie udolie).
Popular starting point for biking routes in the northern part of Bratislava. Everyone can find their own route for themselves. You'll need a mountain or trekking bike for all the roads, because there are many hills and the roads run through nice forest. It's worth it to visit, especially in the morning or in the evening in the spring. It's also a popular place for starting your walks around Bratislava. There is a chairlift connecting Zelezna Studnicka and Kamzik Hill. The chairlift operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every hour on the hour in the months of October to April and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May to September. The lift covers 186 m in height in about 14 minutes, offering great views. Tickets are on sale at both end-stations at 60,-SK (EUR 1.54) one-way and 90,-SK (EUR 2.31) return. There is nice view to the Small Carpathians Mountains from the chairlift.
Kamzik hill (also Koliba)
The best known part of Bratislava Forest Park is that one under the TV tower prevailing over the whole city. It is the Kamzik hill (440 meters over the sea) area, generally called by Bratislava dwellers also Koliba, (by the name of hilly suburb through which it is generally accessed). Its popularity stems mainly from a vast meadow where most Bratislavians got the basics of downhill skiing – therefore it is generally nicknamed Cvicna luka (The Training Meadow). There is a summer bobsleight run on the meadow. A 360 meter-long with 10 bends, 1 jump, and 1 crossing provides an entertaining experience. Most visitors in winter as well as in remaining seasons concentrate just in the top hill area close to this place with several restaurants (including revolving restaurant and cafe at the TV tower - 200 meters height), kiosks, a mountain hotel and, last but not least, very fine outlooks.
How to get there - Kamzik hill is by most visitors accessed by trolley-bus line that can be taken downtown, just opposite the Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace). At its last stop, called "Koliba", you have got an indefinite choice of hikes, short or long, throughout the Little Carpathians (Male Karpaty). Biker can use one of more or less steep gradients. The top-hill area is accessible also by private car, nevertheless especially during skiing weekends parking lots used to be overfilled. Look at map of tourist paths.
Bike route Bratislava - Vienna (Wien, Austria).
You can take a bike tour from Bratislava to Wien along the river Danube. There's an official bike route. It's very nice trip. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT! YOU'LL CROSS THE BORDER BETWEEN SLOVAKIA AND AUSTRIA!