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The Tiergarten is the city's largest park and home to several monuments. Right in the middle of the park is the Column of Victory. Nearby are also a Bismarck Memorial, Castle Bellevue (the seat of the Federal President), the House of World Cultures, and much more.
The park itself is quite large containing a mixture of wooded and grassy areas as well as several small lakes. One of the main streets through the park leads to Brandenburg Gate.
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Berlin has a big Zoo that is certainly worth a visit, you can easily spend a whole day there.
The Zoo also has a big Aquarium, and you can buy separate tickets for the Zoo and the Aquarium, or a combination ticket.
See their website for actual information.
Unfortunately, the famous polar bear Knut of the Berlin Zoo died in March 2011 at the age of 4. R.I.P Knut!
Tiergarten Park is a huge park (the largest park in Berlin) and it can be ideal for a nice picnic during the summer months.
It has several paths, it’s green everywhere of course with many lakes, ponds, weird trees and hidden corners. We just walked around with no direction for some time and we loved the tranquility of the park. It must be an oasis for the locals that want to escape the craziness of the city. There some big alleys but I loved the small paths where nobody was except (from time to time) a jogger that was focused on his training.
It was turned into a park during the 18th century(by Peter J. Lenne in 1830), before it was just the hunting grounds of Prussian royal family, Tiergarten means animal garden anyway. June 17th avenue splits the park in the middle as it runs from Brandenburg Gate to Reichstag.
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Tiergarten is the largest park in Berlin and a popular outdoor oasis for Berliners.
It originally served as hunting grounds for the Prussian princes until it was made into a park in the 18th century. From 1818, the landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné laid out the site in the English landscape style, and statues were added from 1850. Today, the park is used by many Berliners for relaxation. The very centre is the Siegessäule. Schloss Bellevue, seat of the federal president, is also in the Tiergarten, as is the former Hall of Congress, now the House of World Cultures.
Tiergarten es el mayor parque de Berlín y un oasis popular al aire libre para los berlineses.
Originalmente sirvió como cotos de caza de los príncipes prusianos hasta que fue hecho en un parque en el siglo 18. Desde 1818, el arquitecto paisajista Peter Joseph Lenné establecidos por el sitio en el estilo de paisaje Inglés, y las estatuas se han añadido desde 1850. Hoy, el parque es utilizado por muchos berlineses para la relajación. El centro es la Columna de la victoria. Palacio de Bellevue, sede del presidente federal, también está en el Tiergarten, al igual que la antigua Casa del Congreso, ahora la Casa de las Culturas del Mundo.
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The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it comprises an area of 35 hectares and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. With almost 1,500 different species and around 15,000 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. During the Second World War, the zoo area was completely destroyed and only 91 of 3,715 animals survived, including two lions, two hyenas, an Asian bull elephant, a hippo bull, ten hamadryas baboons, a chimpanzee, and a black stork, among a few others. By the end of the war the zoo was fortified and a center of Nazi resistance against the Red Army and allied air forces with bunkers and anti-aircraft weapons. The Berlin Zoo is the most visited zoo in Europe with approximately 3.0 million annual visitors from all over the world. It is open all year long and can easily be reached by public transportation.c*
El Jardín Zoológico de Berlín es uno de los zoológicos más grandes en Alemania y con la mayor cantidad de especies animales en un zoológico en el mundo. Está ubicado en el antiguo distrito de Tiergarten. Junto con su acuario, este zoológico es uno de los lugares de interés de Berlín. Fue abierto el primero de agosto de 1844, siendo el primer zoológico en Alemania. El acuario fue abierto en 1913. Los primeros animales que habitaron el zoológico fueron donados por Federico Guillermo IV de Prusia. Al final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial el zoológico quedó prácticamente destruido y sólo 91 de los 3195 animales sobrevivieron. Considerando la casi total destrucción de la ciudad, esto fue bastante notable.
To the west of Potsdamer Platz lies the huge area of the Tiergarten (Animal Garden). It was very chilly in January 09, and as you can see in the photo, still snowy, but we braved the cold to have a picnic breakfast on the edge of the park before doing more sightseeing. It would be a lovely place to explore properly in the summer.
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Hunting Grounds of the Brandenburg Electors
Many cities have parks which are an integral part of their identity: Central Park in New York, Villa Borghese in Rome, Hyde Park in London, Retiro in Madrid, to name a few. Berlin has Tiergarten.
Thanks to the Brandenburg rulers who liked to hunt there, and thanks to the landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenne who designed the park in the 1830s, Berlin today has a large and beautiful public park it can be proud of. In 1944-45 it was destroyed and its trees used for firewood, but now it is restored to its former glory.
I started from the high pillar of the Siegessaule (Victory Column), and walked deeper and deeper into the park. From large alleys to narrow winding paths, shaded by trees and occasionally under open sunny skies, across little bridges, among streams and ponds... I met joggers (serious ones!), bikers, strollers...
The June 17th Avenue runs through the park all the way to the Brandenburg gate and the Reichstag. In the north, the park borders on the Spree river bank. In the South-Western corner you can visit the zoo.
Tiergarten is an excellent relaxing refuge, away from the museums, the shops and the monuments (although the Soviets did erect a monument on the June 17th Ave). For me it was a great way to start the day.
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Soviet War Memorial
This huge monument near the Brandenburg Gate was unveilled in 1945, on the anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia. Flanked by the first two tanks into the city, the monument commemorates over 300,000 Soviet soldiers who perished in the battle for Berlin at the end of WW2.
The vast column was made from marble taken from the headquarters of the Third Reich, when it was being demolished. The area is also a cemetary for 2,500 Soviet casualties.
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The Berlin Zoo, part of the Tiergarten dates from 1844 and is the most visited zoo in Europe with approximately 2.6 million visitors from all over the world. Visitors can either enter the zoo through the exotically designed Elephant Gate beside the aquarium on Budapester Straße or through the Lion Gate on Hardenbergplatz/
The Berlin Zoo and Aquarium are the largest of their kind in the world. They both have the largest collections of animals found anywhere in the world. The zoo has over 74 acres and around 13,000 different animal species or more. It concentrates on preserving and breeding endangered species. The most amazing part of the zoo is the Elephant Gate, which is an oriental gate with sculptures of elephants on it. The aquarium has almost 300 tanks with all different varieties of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Tip: The zoo covers a very large area and there will be lots of walking involved, but a map when you enter especially if you want to see specific animals as its like walking around in a maze.
Entrance 18 Euro for the zoo & aquarium together, 12 Euro each separately.
Berlin's central green area is called the Tiergarten from stretching from the Riechstag to the zoo in the west. There are lots of pleasant areas to go walking by the river, also don't miss the gold statue (Siegessäule/Victory Column)
This was a pretty cool zoo with lots to see and do. Mainly the Giant panda attraction, which is really the love of Germany. haha. A national sensation! We saw a baby when we were there, which was not as good.
The monkey facility is fantastic! Have an ape of a time! Also, the habitats are very impressive, for the penguins and arctic animals.
I usually avoid visiting zoos as I don't like seeing animals locked up in cages. They always seem to look so sad and I start feeling sorry for them. I made an exception in Berlin, and was happy to see that the animals there looked fine and they seemed to have enough space and were taken good care of.
Zoo Berlin is the oldest zoo in Germany and there are over 1300 species there. And, of course, the most famous animal at the moment is Knut, the polar bear. I didn't see him during my visit, but I did see many other adorable animals. I especially enjoyed watching the orangutangs! Please see my Berlin zoo travelogue for pictures.
The Berlin zoo is located in the middle of the city, near Ku'damm and it's easy to reach with public transport. Tickets cost 12 € for adults and 6 € for children (March 2008).
The green lung of Berlin
In the middle of Berlin lies a large green park, called Tiergarten. In the 1600s, it was the hunting ground of the Great Elector. Now it is a nice park where you will find the Victory Column (Siegessäule).
Turtle Walk #2: Zoo Station to Brandenburg Gate
This walk guides you from Zoo Station to Brandenburg Gate via Tiergarten Park, Victory Column and the Sovjet Monument. Length is approx. 2.5 miles or 4 km.
Alternatively, you can replace the Sovjet monument with Bellevue Palace and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), which would add another 200 yards or meters.
Start at Zoologischer Garten station. Zoo Station was West-Berlin's central station and made it into a variety of literature (Christiane F. - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo), rock songs (U2 - Zoo Station) and - mostly - sociological studies.
Cross Hardenbergplatz and turn left. At the end of Hardenberg Platz, there's a somewhat narrow way which will take you to Landwehrkanal, the canal, where Rosa Luxemburg was killed.
Turn right into Gartenufer and follow the canal. On the right hand side, you'll see a couple of the Zoo's enclosures, so this part of your walk will be accompanied by the twitter of some exotic birds (pic #1).
After maybe 200 yards/meters, there's a bridge that takes you across Landwehrkanal and into Tiergarten. There's a beer garden (with lousy service) at a nice pond if you already need a beer.
When you now stroll through Tiergarten, it's a good idea to choose smaller, narrower ways than the one I marked in pic#2. It's still pretty easy not to miss Victory Column, build in 1873 to commemorate the successful completion of the Victory Column ;-).
From there, you can turn right into Strasse des 17. Juni which name commemorates the 1953 revolt of East-Berliners against the GDR government.
Albeit you are still in the former western part of Berlin, you'll see the Sovjet Monument on the left.
Alternatively, you can cross the square at Victory Column and go down Spreeweg, which will provide you with a view over Bellevue Palace, the residence of the German President. Turn right into John-Forster-Dulles-Allee to see Haus der Kulturen der Welt (nick-named Pregnant Oyster), the Chancellory and Reichstag Building (pics # 3 & 4).
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Soviet War Memorial on Straße des 17. Juni
We had a lot of fun with those Soviet War Memorials. When discussing where to go we could never agree on the itinary – because I spoke about the one in Treptower Park and hubby about the one in Tiergarten, near Brandenburger Tor, and all our travel guides only mentioned one – one or the other LOL Finally we compared the addresses, and when checking which was the correct one a receptionist at the hotel knew of both of them ;-) As we were both fixated on “our” memorials we went to both – and mine, the one in Treptower Park, clearly won the competition LOL
But I do not want to leave the memorial on Straße des 17. Juni, about 500 metres west of Brandenburger Tor, on the way to Siegessäule, without a short description, so you can decide yourself.
This memorial’s subtitle is “Spuren des Krieges” – Traces of the War. It is framed by the first two Russian tanks named Nos 200 and 300 to enter the city in 1945. Centre piece is a big statue of a soldier in arms, and a kind of memorial hall. It was erected in the summer and autumn of 1945 and inaugurated on 11 November 1945. The area includes the graves of 2500 Soviet soldiers who died during the battles in Berlin in April and May 1945. To the Russianss it symbolises the victory over fascism (Hitler’s National Socialism). In December 1990 the USSR handed the monument over to reunited Germany, and the state of Berlin looks after and maintains it.
It is said that the marble used for the monument came from Hitler’s chancellory, and more of it was used for the memorial in Treptower Park.
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