As a child I had been taken to Berlin Zoo, on a few occasions so, although not a big fan of zoos generally, I decided it would be fun to have another look around and see if things had changed at all. Apart from the recent birth of an immensely popular little German, the baby polar bear Knut, nothing here seemed very different.
Knut fans old and young had crowded into the zoo in the hope of seeing him, but mostly this small, maybe 2 weeks old bear cub could only be seen via an outdoor screen. I'm not sure when exactly he was born but my brother seemed to think it must be several months ago - quite how long Berlin Zoo will profit from marketing him as a cute, cuddly bundle of white fluff, I don't know, but surely even a child will be able to work out that he must by now be a slightly yellowing, not-so cute, gangly, moody pubescent-bear? Anyway, there are the ubiquitous "I Heart Knut" t-shirts and keyrings and mugs and god knows what else everywhere for sale in Berlin, not only in the zoo.
Knut Update! - Spiegel.de
It costs an adult 11E to get into the zoo and 16E if you want to see the aquarium too. There are a couple of restaurants with pleasant outdoor areas serving hot and cold food and drinks.
This monument is final home for 300.000 Russian soldiers killed in the liberation of Berlin. What went so wrong that such a huge number of young guys were lost on one side only? What kind of strategy or tactic was used to produce so many victims? How many colonels or generals were promoted and gloryfied after this battle? Did they wrotte 300.000 letters? Were it comfort for Stalin if the monument was built out of marble taken from Hitler's chancellory?
Its amazing what arrogancy could bring out from those who have ultimate power to order attack, no matter costs!
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.
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
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.
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.
Tiergarten is a large, green park in the middle of Berlin, criss-crossed by ponds and small waterways, and lined by the River Spree to the north. Very Romantic Period, calm, yet not at all nostalgic.
It's in Tiergarten that I saw all the faces of Berlin coming together. It reminded me of Mont-Royal in Montreal, every Montrealer's mountain.
This path should lead to Rousseau Island... I went in circles a while before I found it. So much for Enlightenment!
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.
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).
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.
I honestly am not too sure what to say or what to recommend about zoos. Are they a good thing or a bad one? I like to believe zoos do rescue animals, they do help to save some wild population. And when zoo trapped animals eventually start to breed, I trust that means they feel safe and sheltered. No doubt there are zoos which are really worse like they badly squeeze their animals into tiny cages! Then there are other zoos which truly take good care, and offer their animals a good welfare like Opel Zoo in Hesse defenitively does. If you like pls take a look at also the link to Opel Zoo. When I saw the childrens' joy and happiest smile at the petting zoo, I felt it's all ok the way it is. Sure, every time there's a pro to be found, there will be a con to be found too. In the end it's all about respect and education. Children and me been to Berlin's zoo, particulary for the petting zoo, back in summer 1995. Only many years later, in fall 2009 I and my friend made it to the Berlin zoo again. I still found that zoo to be a nice place though our visit was less about animals but a walk through autumn leaves with their golden hues adding bitter-sweet melancholy to the soul.
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.
The Berlin Zoo was opened in 1844 and is the oldest zoo in Germany and one of the largest in the world with nearly 15,000 animals, it is also one of the most popular attractions in Berlin with millions of visitors each year. The number one attraction is the Great Pandas of which the are only a few in captivity. As with all zoos there is a rolling program of renewing enclosures. There are beautiful landscaped gardens with plenty of places to have a drink or snack. A ticket to the zoo or aquarium costs 13 euros for each or 20 euros for a combined ticket for both.
Keeping its English connection, along with the architect behind the restoration of the Reichstag that sits in it, the Tiergarten (Animal Garden) is a vast English style park on the western side of the old wall. The Tiergarten was originally created by Landscape artist Peter Joseph Lenne in 1830, but was rebuilt after allied bombing destroyed it during the war. The park is absolutely massive, and contains many different sections, including a zoo. Just wandering about myself, I walked through fields of lush trimmed green grass, paths cut through tightly planted trees, and patches of uneven lumpy muddy grass that made me feel like I could have been out in the country, rather than in the middle of a capital city. The part of the Tiergarten outside of the Reichstag was particularly peaceful, and, perhaps due to its great size, surprisingly free of people. There was plenty of room to lounge about in peace, or throw a frisbee between friends, without fear of stepping on anyone.
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.