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Berlin Zoological Garden guide

Berlin Zoological Garden's history, exhibits & access

With a history dating back almost 165 years, Berlin’s Zoological Garden is one of the most well-known zoos in the whole country. It is spread across 35 hectares and is home to a wide variety of species of animals, with the total animal population at the Berlin Zoo estimated to be over 12,000. Some of its most famous residents include the Knut, the Giant panda and the polar bear. The Berlin Zoo attracts a large number of visitors.

Entrance: The Elephant Gate at Budapester Strabe adorns one of the two entrances to the zoo, while the second entrance is at Lion gate situated on Hardenbergplatz. A massive Ferris Wheel has been set up adjacent to the entrance in collaboration with the Great Berlin Wheel. The zoo itself is open every day and is easily accessible from any part of the city.

Getting there: Travellers can take a train up to the Berlin Zoologischer Garten railway station or opt for any other kind of transport like the S-Snake in the Zoological gardensBahn, U-Bahn or public transport buses.

Features: One of the main features of the Berlin Zoo is that all the animals are placed in unique enclosures which have been designed to mimic their natural surroundings as much as possible. There are separate sections within Berlin Zoo like the Carnivore house and the Bird House. Several species of animals which are rarely found in captivity can be seen here including the ring-tailed mongoose, narrow-striped mongoose and birds like herons, waders and the Bao Bao.

The Aquarium is also popular with zoo visitors and can be visited by purchasing a joint ticket with the main zoo or a separate Aquarium ticket. Spread across three levels, there are more than 9.000 variants of animals here such as the famous black tip reef shark.

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