Last Sunday I went to one of my favourite places in Basel, the Lange Erlen Animal Park. The Lange Erlen park is right at the German border, alongside a thin water stream. The park itself has many ponds and creeks which are home to different species of ducks and geese. But they're not the only inhabitants of the park. Elks, ponies, goats, bobcats or boars can also be seen around, grazing or sleeping carelessly. In the recent years the Lange Erlen park has been expanded and some other animals have been added to the park, including bees, owls, mice or salamanders. Lange Erlen is not very big and it can be seen in approximately an hour but I find it a really relaxing walk. I love it when a city has good parks to enjoy and I particularly like not having to drive for hours to get that close to the nature.
Lange Erlen Tierpark is open daily from 8am till 5 or 6pm, depending on the time of the year. The only downside of visiting in winter is that some animals are nowhere to be seen as they are busy hibernating - but just imagine how beautiful it would look with some snow around! I know because I saw it covered by snow a couple of years ago.
Entry is free but there are several boxes where you can leave a small donation if you wish.
Have a lovely week!