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The Diergaarde Blijdorp (Official Dutch name: Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde, Foundation Royal Zoo of Rotterdam) is a zoo in the northwestern part of Rotterdam and one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands. In 2007 it celebrated its 150th anniversary.
The original Rotterdam Zoo was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. Some streetnames, such as Diergaardesingel (Zoolane), still recall the old zoo. Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station in Rotterdam, as well. In 2001, Blijdorp became almost twice as large when it opened a new western part, called Oceanium, with its main attraction an aquarium. In April 2004, the whole zoo was declared a national monument.
Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam - Blijdorp, RotterdamEnergieweg 2, 3041 JC , Rotterdam
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