Visitor numbers to the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo Rotterdam, the Netherlands 2011-2018

Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands, presenting various animals and plants over a 25-hectare area in total. In 2018, the zoo attracted approximately 1.43 million visitors, which is a decrease compared to the previous year when the number amounted to over 1.45 million people visiting the zoo in Rotterdam. Looking at another zoo, Artis in Amsterdam received the highest visitor volume in 2018. The Amsterdam zoo welcomed over 1.4 million visitors, roughly 7,000 more than in the previous year.

Most visited zoos in the Netherlands

Observing the ranking of the most visited zoos in the Netherlands in 2017, Diergaarde Blijdorp Rotterdam and Artis Amsterdam were ranked first and second. Burgers’ Zoo, an animal park in Arnhem, attracted roughly 1.16 million visitors, whereas Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen had roughly 1.1 million individuals and was ranked fourth.

Museum most visited attraction

Museums received in total over 13.5 million visitors in 2017, which resulted in the most visited type of attraction in the Netherlands. Zoos and natural parks attracted 10.7 million visits, whereas theme parks had slightly less with 10.6 million visits.

Number of visitors to the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam in the Netherlands from 2011 to 2018 (in 1,000s)*

Number of visitors in thousands
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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The figures have been taken from several publications. Figures have been rounded.

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