Enormous diversity in a small space

Directly in front of the Hotel Palace, the Zoo, with more species and history than any other zoo in the country, is a special place for an autumnal stroll.

Zoo Berlin Elephant Gate

Two stone elephants silently greet visitors to the zoo at its entrance on Budapester Straße, and above them towers an Asian-style roof with golden ornamentation and a red-green arch. Both this Elephant Gate and the Lion Gate at the other side of the zoo on Hardenbergplatz attest to the long and exotic history of the Berlin Zoo. Not only does it have the largest number of species of any zoo in the world (some 1,500 species live here and in the adjacent aquarium), it was also the first animal park in Germany, and is therefore the oldest zoo in the country.

Hippos in the Berlin Zoo

Doch damit nicht genug: Die Zoo Berlin AG, zu der ebenfalls der größere Tierpark im Osten der Stadt gehört, zählte mit 4,4 Millionen Besuchern 2014 zu den beliebtesten Freizeit-Einrichtungen in Berlin und Brandenburg. „In der Gesamtleistung sind wir mit rund 500 Mitarbeitern der größte Zoobetrieb Europas mit dem größten Zootier-Bestand der Welt und den weltweit meisten Artenschutzprogrammen“, betont Andreas Knieriem, der Direktor für beide Zoos. Viele Berliner favorisieren den Tierpark im Osten der Stadt – die Touristen den zentral gelegenen Zoo in der City-West.

Chimpanzee, Zoo Berlin

They have the generosity of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV to thank for the great location: in 1841, he handed over a part of his city-centre pleasure grounds, Tiergarten, for the creation of the zoo. Zoologische Garten Berlin opened its doors on 1 August 1844, the ninth zoo in Europe, and quickly became a crowd-puller. Today, 17,107 animals from 1,443 species live on 35 hectares, including in Europe’s most modern bird house, where visitors can walk around with the birds in the free-flight halls. The hippo house is also an incredible spectacle: thanks to panorama windows that stretch all the way to the floor, visitors can observe the hippos even when they go for an underwater stroll. And the nocturnal animal house offers insight into the activities of nocturnal creatures by using light effects to swap day and night.Petting Zoo for kids

For families with young kids, the petting zoo and the adventure playground are definite highlights, and for older kids, there are activities that help them understand and appreciate the world of animals with quizzes and games.

 

 

 

 

Asian elephants, Zoo Berlin

The new zoo director Andreas Knieriem is planning ways to increase comfort for both visitors and animals: the carnivore house is under redevelopment until 2017, and the entry gates are being enlarged to shorten waiting times. Our tip: buy your tickets in advance online with your smartphone – this allows you to skip the queue. The zoo is open 365 days a year, and only on Christmas Eve does it close early at 14:00. Even the lions, elephants and hippos get to call it a day early once a year!

 

Berliner Zoo / Zoologischer Garten Berlin
Hardenbergplatz 8
10787 Berlin,
Deutschland
www.zoo-berlin.de

Info number: 030/ 25 40 10

Prices: Adults from € 20
Children from € 6.50, family tickets from €2 2 (1 adult, 2 children)

Opening hours:
9:00 - 18:30 (to 24 October)
9:00 – 17:00 (25 October - 31 December)

 

Fotos:
© Elefantentor Querformat Zoo Berlin Mai 2014 – Carlos Frey
© Asiatische Elefanten Zoo Berlin Juli 2015 – Steffen Freiling
© Zoo Flusspferd und Jungtier – Broeseke
© Streichelzoo Zoo Berlin September 2014 – Christian Wyrwa
© Schimpanse Zoo Berlin Juli 2015 – Steffen Freiling

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