Berlin Zoo, or Berlin Zoological Garden, is the oldest zoo in Germany and one of two in Berlin. Opened in 1844, it is located in the Berlin district Tiergarten and covers over 33 hectares (82 acres). Home to the world's largest variety of species, displaying almost 20,000 animals of 1,400 species, the zoo and its aquarium welcomed more than 3.5 million visitors in 2017, making it the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular in the world.
Elephants, Pandas and More
Besides the elephant, monkey and predator houses, Berlin Zoo features many more attractions and enclosures. Watch the hippos do their water ballet through large panoramic windows at the hippo house, or visit Meng Meng at Panda Garden, Europes most modern enclosure for giant pandas.
If you haven't booked your next trip to the Arctic yet, just go see the penguins here instead. Numerous other, colourful birds as well as interactive exhibitions on exciting topics about birds wait for you at Welt der Vögel, the world of birds.
Stunning Underwater World
Make sure to not miss out on the Aquarium Berlin. One of Europe's best-known and most popular aquariums, it is home to hundreds of reptiles and insects. Jellyfish, lizards and tons of other creatures are waiting to be discovered. There are public feeding sessions, which are extremely interesting for the young and the old.
Founded in 1844, Zoo Berlin is the oldest German zoo and the ninth oldest worldwide. In 1939, the zoo counted more than 4,000 animals of 1,400 species. Most of them died during bombing raids at WWII - only 91 animals survived. Dr Katharina Heinroth, first female zoo director in Germany, started to rebuild the almost fully destroyed zoo from close to scratch.
In 2014, Dr Andreas Knieriem became director of both the Berlin Zoo and the Tierpark Berlin. A development plan for the next 20 years was issued for both the Berlin Zoological Garden and the Tierpark.
How to get there
Located in the Berlin district Tiergarten close to the train station Zoologischer Garten, and thus quite in the heart of Germany's capital, the Zoo is conveniently situated.
There are several ways to get to the Zoo via public transport. For instance, take the S-Bahn S5, S7 and S75 and exit at Zoologischer Garten, or take the U2 and U9 and exit at Zoologischer Garten. Alternatively, take the U1 and U9 and exit at Kurfuerstendamm. There are about 15 bus lines plus the X9 express bus leading to the airport which all stop at the zoo. If you're trying to reach the zoo coming from out of town, there are several regional trains (E1, RE2, RE7, IRE, RB21, RB22).
Within walking distance, there are parking options at Nuernberger Strasse. However, there are parking lots adjacent to the zoo as well. Most of them are not free of charge. There is also a parking garage at Nuerberger Strasse.