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City wildness – Summums FAVOURITE BIG CITY ZOO’S

There’s nothing better than seeing animals in the wild, but a few hours wandering in a city zoo is a good quick-fix if you need a dose of nature’s wonders. Here are some of Summum’s favourite big city zoos – which you will naturally dress for in safari gear and exotic prints.



Summum has its roots in Amsterdam, so we couldn’t overlook Natura Artis Magistra, especially since the opening of the new outdoor enclosures for the jaguars and elephants. The latter even got a Jacuzzi! The ZOOmeravonden (summer evenings) in June, July and August are our favourite times to go: Artis stays open until sunset on Saturdays and you can picnic (you’re allowed to bring your own goodies) to the sound of live music. The animals are much livelier at this time so you really feel like you’re in the jungle! Cheers!




New York City is in itself a huge jungle of birds of paradise and predators, so you almost have to escape to the beautiful zoo for some peace and quiet. Located in the stunning Central Park, on the 5th Avenue side – yes, just like in the film Madagascar –, this is a place to see the extraordinary beauty of snow leopards, grizzly bears and the exotic animals of the Rainforest Zone. Me Jane in the City.




Don’t feel like joining the crush of all the other great apes on the shopping streets but prefer to imagine yourself in the wilderness? Book a stay at the 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin with a view of the Zoologischer Garten Berlin, Zoo Berlin for short, in the heart of the city. The hotel is situated adjacent to the Bikini Berlin concept mall in the completely renovated Bikini Haus, on the famous Kurfürstendamm, and is full of hip pop-ups, flagship stores and great eateries – all with a view of the zoo. You couldn’t wish for a better example of having the best of both worlds. The Tierpark Berlin Friedrichsfelde is also excellent, with a huge number of animal species and, at 160 hectares, the largest animal park in Europe.





The most bohemian city zoo in Europe is found in Prague: bushes and wild flowers surround winding paths, giving the zoo a delicious, casual hippie vibe. The cable car to the upper part of the zoo is a joy, as are the cuddly cataloes and sambars that live here. Lemur Island is fun: lemurs wander about obliviously between the legs of visitors, or come and sit next to you on the fence.


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