Known for being the oldest zoo in Germany, the Berlin zoo is one of the most modern and popular animal sanctuaries in Europe and is a highlight for the whole family. Holding around 25,000 animals from more than 2,000 species, it's the most extensive collection in the world. The Zoo-Aquarium is the largest public aquarium in the world. The zoo has a big cat house, a hippopotamus house and a nocturnal animal house, as well as the biggest bird house in Europe.
Give your family a treat and take them to Berlin's famous zoo.
In the 19th century, nature expert Alexander von Humboldt, African explorer Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein and the landscape designer Peter Joseph Lenné elected opening a zoological garden in Berlin. After three years of large scale construction, the site opened its gates to the public in 1844. Their first selections of animals were ones that King Friedrich Wilhelm IV donated from his menagerie and peasantry in the Tiergarten. Over the years, the area of the zoo was redesigned and extended a number of times to accommodate the growing popularity of the site. Of the 3700 animals it housed before the Second World War, only 91 survived, and many of its buildings were destroyed needing to be repaired and restored. Today, the Zoologischer Garten is one of Berlin's most visited attractions. As well as the Zoologischer Garten, the Zoo-Aquarium, which you can also visit separately, has facilities for sharks, stingrays and coral reef fish. The terrariums contain insects, amphibians and reptiles.
Jellyfish pulse in glass cylinders.
The aquarium is home to 13,000 animals with varying species all with their own story. With daily events and talks, the zoo is still one of the most popular attractions in Berlin for the whole family. You have the ability to download info sheets from the website in order to give the little ones the chance to learn more about the zoos inhabitants. If that was not enough, the zoo offers special activities during school vacations to give children the platform to learn more about wildlife. At the fenced-off petting zoo there are goats, piglets, donkeys and lambs so that children can get right up close to safe and domestic animals, and climb around like the monkeys in the playground. With so many options for both you and the family this is a great day out for anyone in Berlin.