Berlin Zoo

Zoologischer Garten

The first famous Berlin zoo was opened in 1844. Elephant Gate of the zoo is certainly an architectural decoration of Berlin. The basis for the exhibition was comprised of the animals and birds (mostly pheasants) that belonged to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm IV whose castle was located on the territory of the zoo. Major distinctive feature of the zoo is that animals are provided with the maximum freedom here. Indeed it is rather hard to imagine hippopotamus and antelopes friendly existing near each other in conditions of wild nature. Currently Berlin Zoo consists of three zones occupying the territory of thirty five hectares: the zoo itself (in the west part of Berlin), aquarium (in the same place) and a landscape park (in the east part of the city) inhabited by 15000 animals including those living in the huge aquarium. Three floors of the aquarium house not only fish but also reptiles, amphibians, insects and invertebrates. However the most famous inhabitant of the zoo was the polar bear Knut, people from all over world were visiting the zoo to see this bear. In 2011 Knut died but the fame of the zoo remained.

Address: Hardenbergplatz 8
Opening hours: 1 Jan – 27 Feb: 9 am – 4:30 pm
28 Feb – 26 Mar: 9 am – 6 pm
27 Mar – 24 Sep: 9 am – 6.30 pm
25 Sep – 29 Oct: 9 am – 6 pm
30 Oct – 31 Dec: 9 am – 4.30 pm
How to reach: Zoologischer Garten U1, U2, U9, S5, S7, 46, S75
Coordinates: 52.507393, 13.334009