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I came upon this 42m tower in the Tiergarten and must confess I had no idea at the time what it was. I now know it’s a carillon and the largest musical instrument in Europe. The tower contains 68 bells the largest bell weighing 7.8 tonnes. The Carillonneur sits in cabin between the bells and plays the instrument with his fists and feet on a baton and pedal keyboard. Concerts are held on a regular basis throughout the year regardless of the weather and are free. Tours of the carillon are available after the concerts.
Like so many of the grand parks in European cities, the Tiergarten was laid out (by Elector Friedrich III) as hunting ground, but which was destroyed in 1945 in the Battle of Berlin. Today, it is a vast expanse of woodland and lakes in the centre of the city and which is cut through by a series of major thoroughfares and the Landwehrkanal, an inland waterway off the River Spree.
Once a royal hunting ground, Tiergarten became a park in the 18th century and a very fine park it is indead. Tiergarten is Europe's largest (cosmopolitan) park which cover a vast area from Bahnof Zoo to the Brandenburg Gate.
Strasse des 17 Juni run straight through the Tiergarten. Strasse des 17 Juni is named after the East Berlin workers uprising in 1953.
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There are two zoos in Berlin: In the western part of Berlin, the "Zoologischer Garten" (opposite train station Berlin-Zoo), in the eastern part of Berlin the "Tiergarten Berlin Friedrichsfelde". The Tiergarten is less-known but very nice as it has a park-like character and a very diverse animal population.
The main photo shows Knut, the cuddly polar bear of the Berlin Zoo. In spring 2007 one had to be prepared for long queues, as he was very popular then. Knut resides in the "Zoologischer Garten" - he has outgrown his cuddliness though and will soon become a fierce big polar bear. The other photo shows a potential food source in the future.
A recent attraction: A show aquarium with european fish life from sea, rivers and lakes, including (small) sharks and stingrays. The highlight of your visit will be an elevator ride right through an aquarium. Overseas visitors should note though that the bigger species (manta rays, big sharks) are not to be found in the Sealife. It is worth a visit nonetheless.
"Sealife" is not identical with the "Berlin Aquarium" which is part of the (western) zoo and worthwhile as well.
My visit to the Berliner Zoo
Starting my "Things to do" report on Berlin and ending it, does this mean i loved this part of Berlin ? - Next to the many other impressions of architecture, culture, history and nightlife, not to forget my feelings for Marlene - definately :::: Yes
Some outside pictures of the Zoo
Magical world of animals
The Zoo is without doubt a frequently visited place for old and young
Founded in 1844 by Prussian King William IV, the Zoologischer Garten is Europes oldest zoo. With 13,000 animals and 1,400 different species, the zoo is also one of the world's most popular. The nearby Aquarium opened in the 1930s.
You can visit both with a combined ticket (Euro 16.5)
Location : next to Zoo Station in the heart of the western city centre. I mentioned this name already a few times in my report : Budapester Strasse - near Tiergarten
Kim and I had a great time here - except the food and drinks, but this is another story, look at my restaurant page
Berlin Zoo is home to Skippy the kangaroo, Pretty Woman the gorilla and Kiri the elephant, to name just a few. Other attractions are the nocturnal animals and a pair of Chinese panda bears, although Yan-Yan's lack of sexual interest in her partner Bao-Bao has been talk of the town for years! During my visit Yan even didn’t show up.
Waterworld, reptiles and insects
Next to Bahnhof Zoo you will find the oldest zoological garden of Germany (1844)
A gift by Friedrich Wilhelm IV.
The location is in the “Tiergarten” Park ( the names are little bit confusing ) – the greatest green area in the center of Berlin
The surface is about 350.000 square meters – quantity of animals about 20.000
and 1.500 different species
Next to the Zoo is the Aquarium. It will learn you more about the mystery of the waterworld . A colourful world of fish – coral lines and jellyfishes.
On the second floor you will see a world of reptiles – from snakes to crocodiles
On the upper floor – there is a show of insects
The area around Bahnhof Zoo had a bad reputation in the past ( read the book - Christiane F. Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo) but is now a popular spot for everybody.
The Zoological Gardens Berlin
Berlin actually has two! The main zoo is in the city centre which is quite unusual. This one is the easiest to get to if you are visiting. The other is called the Tiergarten and is in what was formerly east Berlin and not to be mistaken for the area in Berlin called Tiergarten.
Berlin Zoo is spacious and you will need at least half a day to walk around. The animals are kept in nice size enclosures and surrounded by pleasant gardens. There is also a petting zoo for the kids and several reatuarants that are not overpriced. Well worth a visit as the zoo has more variety of species than any other zoo in the world!
Next to the zoo's main entrance is the Aquarium. You can buy seperate tickets for each or it is cheaper to buy for both.
Entry to the zoo is € 11.00 for adults €8.00 for students and €5.50 for children. The aquarium is the same price but if you buy tickets for both adults is €16.50 students €13.00 and children €8.50.
Also are available family day tickets, yearly tickets and family yearly tickets.
The Zoo in Berlin is the best museum I have ever been to hands down. It had every type of animal you can think of and they had adequate room to move around. It had elephants, tigers, sharks, Komoto dragons etc. I was in Berlin during a heat wave and just by chance I went to the zoo. It turned out to be on the most fun days in Germany and maybe all of Europe I had a blast!
I was surprised at the poor condition of the Tiergarten. Living in Wiesbaden, every park is perfectly manicured. While I was just in the outskirts of the park, I felt like I was in a weed field. I'm sure the actual Tiergarten is beautiful (it is Germany after all), but the outskirts of the park where very run down and non taken care of.
Park Tirgarten. Germans suited this huge park (three kilometers at length and kilometer at width) in the city centre. Once it was a warren where kurfursts hunted on hares, wild boars and deers. From the middle of the nineteenth century it became a place of walks and amusements. While we have mastered only that part of the park which is situated to the north of the prospectus of the Name on June, 17th. There is a lake Noue See and a set of fine lakes in its southern part . During the war the park was completely destroyed on fire wood and as a result bombardments. After the war Germans suited kitchen gardens here under potatoes and cabbage. Now it is set by trees and it is a lungs of the city.
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Even looking at the simplest map of Berlin shows one odd feature - the very heart of town is not the place where you would find the center of town. Instead, at the very geometrical center of Berlin lied huge park - the Tiergarten. It was once the hunting grounds of the nearby castle, and reshaped into a public park by famous landscape architect Peter Lenné in 19th century.
Ever since then this 210-hectares green oasis has been a place to enjoy the nature in this huge city, but also the place of big marches - from Nazi marches in the 1930s to Love Parade events of the 1990s. The center of the park is a roundabout with a huge column of Siegessaule - celebrating the Prussian victory over France in 1871. Around this column there are other statues of famous people of Germany and Berlin.
At one corner of Tiergarten there is a large ZOO and Aquarium, and another corner houses the Schloss Bellevue and the residence of the President of Germany
Lovely all year round
The Tiergarten is a lovely place to visit in Berlin, any time of the year, especially if you wish to walk through the many paths you will find through the park, or sit on one of the benches and relax under the trees. In summer this is known as a lovely place for barbeques and picnics
I was there in winter, and even then it was lovely, the trees were coated in snow and everything looked magical. I spent a few hours there walking through the park and watching people ice-skating on the frozen lakes.
The Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Schloss Bellevue, Zoologic Garden, Siegess?ule and many other interesting landmarks are all located in or within walking distance to the Tiergarten. Restoration of the Park began in 1949 to repair the damage cause by deforestation during the Second World War. The Tiergarten was originally a hunting grounds for Prussian princes, but was transformed into a park in the 18th century. This gives reason to the name Tiergarten, meaning animal garden.
It is certainly a lovely place to vist!
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You will need at least 3 hours to see all the animals. Inside the zoo there is aquarium department and if you see the zoo and the aquarium you will do this for reduce price.
There is one more zoo in Berlin which is called Tiargarten I'm saying this because mistakes are made often. I don't know is it better then this one because i haven't visit it. But I did like very much this one.
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