“ Zoo. Lion Gate on Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin. AQUARIUM: Elephant Gate, Budapester Strasse 32. (there's also an entrance from inside the zoo). „
The opening times of the zoo are from 9 o'clock and depending on the season the closing time changes. Between January and March the zoo closes at 17 o'clock. Between March and October the zoo closes at 19 o'clock and from October to December the zoo closest at 17 o'clock. For the exact openings time please check the zoo website.
The entrance prices of the zoo
There are several prices to enter the zoo of Berlin. Adults pay a price of 13 euro's and children pay a price of 6,50 euro's. There are other prices for different kind of people. Please check the website for the exact prices. You can also buy a ticket for the zoo in combination of the aquarium.
How to reach the Berlin zoo
The Berlin is easy accessible by public transport since it's well signposted. You can reach the zoo by bus but also by metro. The zoo is only a few minutes' walk from the stations away which makes it very easy to reach the zoo. The zoo is reachable by park but there is paid parking in the area and the parking spaces can be full.
The Zoo of Berlin
The zoo of Berlin is a big zoo and you have the aquarium next door which you can visit but you will have to pay extra for this. It's a bit disappointing when you do not know this. We wanted to go here but we simply didn't had the time since the zoo is large enough to spent a good few hours here. The zoo has many animals and most are not behind bars, so no large fences blocking the way of sight. You can freely take pictures but the animals are on a safe distance. Depending on the kind of animals of course. You can see the most popular animals lie camels, tigers, lions, penguins, birds, alligators, but also monkeys are here to be find. I was impressed by how the animals lived and they had clearly quite a moving spaces. No cages for them and they seems contempt with the space they had. The animals seemed to be well kept and fed and the living spaces seemed clean enough.
Food and drink
There is plenty of opportunity to eat and drink at the zoo. At the entrance you get a map and here you can read where the restaurants and food stalls are. Throughout the zoo you see enough food stalls, benches and bins. The zoo was well kept and clean. The food you can get our simple frites and sausages but also healthier food like sandwiches and salads. The prices of the food were reasonable and we had simply some frites and a soft drink and think we spend around 7 euro's which was cheap.
This Park is wheelchair friendly and I can imagine for people with walking difficulties it's quite hard to walk all around the zoo. There are benches everywhere so I can imagine that makes it a lot easier to visit the zoo. I saw at the entrance it was possible to rent wheelchairs.
Worth the visit?
I think so. It's a very pleasant to visit this zoo. I think it's very well planned and it easy to find your way. You get a map at the entrance of the zoo and you can easily find your way around the zoo. The animals looked good and well-kept and they were easy to see. When you get hungry or tired there are more than enough opportunities to eat and rest. We saw quite a few staff members walking around and they looked polite and helpful. I think the zoo is worth the visit although it can be very expensive for a whole family. We spent a good few hours here and had a great day.
Having spent Christmas in Berlin last year, I was extremely keen to visit Berlin Zoo and so we spent a relaxing (but bitterly cold!) day there on Boxing Day. Having heard all about Knut the Polar Bear, and being a bear-lover, I was plesantly surprised at the collection of other bears at the zoo, including both Brown, North American Black and Panda bears. The enclosures were spacious and offered excellent vantage points for visitors. Having only seen Brown bears in American Zoos before, seeing one in Europe was excellent. The Zoo also boasts an impressive collection of big cats, although when we visited, they were all in their inside enclosures, more than likely because of the weather! Another notable enclosure was that of the hippos, where visitors can see them underwater which gave a great insight into just how graceful they are underwater, but also just how large they are as you are very close to them. As well as an impressive collection of animals, Berlin Zoo does benefit from some beautiful and well-landscaped grounds. The famous Elephant Gate is breathtaking in stature, and strolling around the grounds was extremely pleasant. In fact, it was easy to forget that you were in the middle of the city at some points!
The Zoo was incredibly good value for money, especially considering the collection of animals available to see there. Adult tickets were around £12/£13 each (depending on the exchange rate!) which is great in comparison with similar zoos in England. There is also an Aquarium on site which you can buy a seperate ticket for, although we did not visit it on this occasion. All in all, Berlin Zoo was a great experience and we very much enjoyed ourselves. It really is an all weather attraction as well so great whatever the weather and whatever the time of year!
Located in the heart of Berlin, the famous Zoologischer Garten is one of Europe's biggest zoos, and boasts the largest variety of animals in the entire continent.
An interesting fact states that the first bomb dropped on Berlin in the World War 2 did not kill a single human, only an elephant. The zoo we see today has evolved much like the city surrounding it. Berlin Zoo is a surprisingly large expanse for its location. This is no out-of-town park, Berlin Zoo lays right in the thick of things; only a few meters from the famous Gedächtniskirche and the hustle and bustle of Berlin.
So what is the big appeal of Berlin Zoo? Recently, a big crowd puller was the arrival of 'Knut' the polar bear. Of course Knut is no longer a cuddly little bear-cub but a twenty-something stone gargantuan, but that is no reason not to pay him a visit! If you go to see Knut, I recommend you visit on one of his feeding times, as he is quite a crowd-pleaser!
Of course there is more to Berlin Zoo than just Knut. Much more. I was particulary astounded at the Hippopotamus house, home of some of the biggest creatures I've ever seen in my life! Much like an aquarium, the Hippo house allows both an underwater and overwater view of the Hippos, and if you stand there when one of the beasts roars you can consider yourself very lucky. It's quite a formidable show of power!
The monkey house boasts a wide range of species, and the chimps always deserve your time. They didn't let me down when I was last there, and you could quite literally spend hours watching them. Berlin Zoo also boasts a large selection of big cats, including a black panther which was brooding in its (somewhat small) indoor enclosure.
Berlin Zoo is definitely worth a visit if you are in the city or nearby.
As it is quite a large zoo I recommend you purchase a guidebook from the stall at the beginning so you can plan your day and visit as many creatures as possible.
Berlin Zoo is located right near to the S+U Bahn station 'Zoologischer Garten'. There are three entrances to the zoo. Entrance to the zoo is 12,00Euro, but you can buy a zoo/aquarium combined ticket for 18,00Euro which comes recommended if you have the time.
Ok here is my second Zoo review! ;D
I couldn't possibly go the year in Berlin without visiting the well known Zoo at Zoologischer Garten. Easy to get to- just take either S bahn, U bahn, or Regional Bahn to Berlin Zoologischer Garten, cross the road, and you are there.
The entry costs are Euro12 for adults, Euro6 for children, but if you want to visit the aqaurium too, you will have to fork out Euro18 for an adult and Euro9 for children. May seem rather a lot, but like Cologne, the zoo is pretty big (although maybe not quite as big?), and the aquarium is something special in itself.
Unlike at Cologne, i was not given a map, but its a zoo- its ok exlporing by yourself (although i know of course, a map would help). We just threw ourselves into it, and managed to spend a good 3 hours there- without even visiting the aquarium!We wandered around, and even though there were a lot of people there, were never barged or felt like we didn't have a chance to see the animals properly (We visited a week ago (April 08))
We saw many different animals, but a highlight was definitely the hippos- we were lucky enough to see them being fed. The primates were also impressive- the little monkeys were very active. The big apes were quite the opposite, but nevertheless fascinating to look at for a while ;) There are also giraffes, elephants and penguins, to name but a few. We watched the young penguins have a little fight with each other, and also visited the petting zoo! You can buy food for Euro0.20, and can feed animals such as horses and even swans! (do be careful with the swans- maybe don't let the children get their fingers near the beaks!!)
Berlin Zoo also has a decent number of bears- including brown bears and polar bears- namely the very famous Knut! Unfortunatley during this recent visit to the Zoo we didnt get a glimpse of him, but during a previous visit I did! Although often a little grubby, he is definitely worth going to see! We also caught a rather explicit show from a certain brown bear. Needless to say it was filmed and can be seen on youtube...There is also a huge selection of birds. Birds aren't really my thing, but we did see a few interesting ones!
There are plenty of WC facilities around the park, and I saw a few restaurants/snack points on my way round. (There are also places to eat outside the Zoo itself- right outside in fact.) I also noticed a big adventure playground quite near the petting area.
The aquarium is definitely worth a visit, in my opinion. I spent a good ten minutes in the lobby area touching some big fish!! (make sure u do wash your hands afterwards!) It was mainly attracting children but we coudn't resist! There are a huge number of fish and sharks, (i took plenty of pictures of some very colourful fish and some rather dangerous looking sharks!), as well as reptiles and insects too. We spent at least an hour and a half here.
The Zoo at Berlin is a great day out, especially if you visit the aquarium too. The animals were lively and there were so many different species!
Berlin's Zoo is located right in the centre of the commercial district of West Berlin, just a couple of minutes walk from the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, and opposite the Zoologischer Garten S-bahn and U-bahn station. I hadn't really planned on visiting the zoological gardens during my visit to Berlin in August 2000, but I was disappointed to find that many of the city's museums and galleries are closed on Mondays – the zoo was one of the few attractions which wasn't. The zoo consists of the west-most portion of the Tiergarten, a large park in the centre of Berlin which was once a royal hunting estate. The land was made into a zoo in 1844, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. The monkey house, in particular, is very impressive, with a very large collection of different species of primates, including large families of gorillas and orang-utans. There is a very large sunken enclosure housing a very big group of baboons too. A large darkened area beneath one of the pavilions is home to nocturnal creatures, including aardvarks and bats. Pretty much every creature you'd expect to see in a zoo is here; polar bears, hippopotami, camels, giraffes, elephants, flamingos, lions and tigers, to name just a few. Probably the star attraction of the zoo is the giant panda, Bao-Bao, who always has a collection of gawping tourists staring at him. Generally, the animals seemed pretty happy and had adequately large enclosures, however, we did see one serval restlessly pacing up and down in a relatively small enclosure, which was a bit distressing. Other than that though, the animals seemed very well cared for. In many of the pavilions, you could watch keepers prepare food for the animals, and (if your German was up to it) ask them questions. The zoo seemed to be quite conscious of animal welfare concerns, and appeared to be involved in several breeding programmes - a baby elephant had recently been bor
n at the zoo when I visited, and a female giant panda from Chengdu in China was um… visiting Bao-Bao. The zoo itself is absolutely massive, and it could easily take up most of a day if you have nothing else to do. This does unfortunately mean that there's a lot of walking involved, so those with young children should be warned! It's not one of the cheapest attractions in Berlin, but the sheer number of animals in the zoo easily justifies the cost a visit! I didn't actually visit the aquarium in the Zoologischer Garten, but it is apparently one of the largest in Europe, containing sharks, piranhas and fish from all over the world. Frankly, the zoo alone is enough to occupy most visitors, I would have thought, and there is an additional fee to visit the aquarium.