The European Group Travel Awards, organised by Landor Travel Publications and HotelPlanner.com, recognise the remarkable achievements made by suppliers in the group travel industry. The Awards in 2015 will take place on Thursday 5th March at the prestigious Intercontinental Berlin in the heart of Berlin.
With TripAdvisor able to compile a list of the top zoos in Europe, based on the results of their Travellers’ Choice Awards this year, it is clear that animal attractions on the Continent are proving popular with visitors.
The award for the Best Animal Attraction for Groups will go to an attraction that has really worked hard to provide an educational and inspirational visit for groups over the last twelve months. Your nominations are:
Nominees for the Best Animal Attraction for Groups
Nausicaa is the French National Sea Life Centre in the coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. It is one of the largest public aquariums of Europe with 36,000 animals from 1,000 different species living at the Aquarium.
The Berlin Zoological Garden is the most popular zoo in Europe and the oldest zoo in Germany. Situated in beautifully landscaped gardens with plenty of spots for a picnicking, the zoo is an important scientific resource as well as being rich in entertainment value, containing almost 14,000 creatures, among them rare and endangered species.
One of the UK’s flagship attractions, ZSL London Zoo was opened to the public in 1847 and today is set within leafy Regent’s Park. With over 760 animal species, exciting and innovative new exhibits and heritage-listed buildings almost as famous as their inhabitants it’s a great excuse for a big day out.
Leipzig Zoo accommodates about 850 animal species and subspecies and is among the most renowned and most modern zoos in the world. They have designed their enclosures according to state-of-the-art animal husbandry and have recreated settings that resemble the natural habitats of those animals in the wild. Concrete, steel and tiles have all been replaced in today’s zoo by extensive Savannah, tree borders and various waterbodies.
Pairi Daiza (Belgium)
Pairi Daiza is a privately owned 55-hectare zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. Pairi Daiza means enclosed garden in ancient Persian. This garden of 55 acres is located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey, and is home to over 4,000 animals.
Burgers Zoo (Holland)
Royal Burgers’ Zoo is a 45-hectare zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. When Johan Burgers opened his zoo in 1913, he wanted to do something different. Instead of presenting animals in cages, he wanted to show them in their natural habitat. A hundred years later Burgers’ Zoo still doesn’t present animals to you in the traditional way. You have to enter their habitat.