Berlin’s Zoological Garden is Germany’s oldest zoo and, with near 1,500 different species, it is one of the best-stocked in the world. Animals have been kept and bred here, in the northwest of the Tiergarten district, since 1844. A total of about 15,000 animals live in the zoo, ranging from saucer jellyfish to the Indian elephant. Some enclosures are interesting buildings in their own right. In summer, a visit to the zoo is a favourite day out for Berliners, and many animals, such as the panda and baby gorillas, have become celebrities.

  • Hardenbergplatz 8 and Budapester Str. 34

  • 030 25 40 10


  • Jan–Mar: 9am–5pm daily; Apr–mid-Sep: 9am–7:30pm daily; mid-Sep–Oct: 9am–7pm daily; Nov–Dec: 9am–5pm daily

  • Admission charge

The Elephant Gate – the Zoo’s main entrance

There is a café and self-service restaurant with a terrace inside the zoo, to the right of the Elephant Gate.

A day at the zoo is not complete without a visit to the aquarium. The basins and terraria teem with life, as do the zoo enclosures. A combined ticket for €18 entitles you to visit both zoo and aquarium.

Top 10 Zoo Sights
  1. Panda Bears

    Bao-Bao the Giant Panda (one of the most endangered species in the world) is one of the great stars of the Berlin Zoo. He was presented to Germany by China as an official gift in 1980. His female partner Yan Yan, who was on loan from China, died in 2007.

  2. Monkey House

    Monkeys and apes are at home in this house, and here you can watch gorillas, orangutangs and chimpanzees swinging from tree to tree and playing in the straw. The Eastern Lowland Gorillas are very popular.

  3. Polar Bears

    Polar bear, Knut, is another star of the zoo. Born in 2006 and now fully grown, he was the first polar bear born here in over 30 years.

  4. Giraffe House

    The African-style Giraffe House is the oldest house (1871–2). Visitors enjoy watching the giraffes as they nibble the leaves of a tree or bend down, in slow motion, to take a drink.

  5. Nocturnal Animal House

    This house, in the cellar of the Predatory Animal House, houses the creatures of the night, including nocturnal reptiles and birds. Here you can admire striped bandicoots, fruit bats and slender loris. Asleep during the day, their hearing is outstanding and their eyes may light up uncannily in the dark.

  6. Elephant House

    These good-natured pachyderms have a healthy appetite: fully-grown male Indian elephants devour up to 50 kg (110 lb) of hay a day! Two elephants have been born in captivity.

  7. Aviaries

    Nowhere else in the city can you hear such singing, tweeting and whistling – cockatiels, parrots, hornbills and humming-birds sound off in the Bird House aviaries.

  8. Crocodile Hall

    Not for the timid: in the crocodile hall visitors cross a small wooden footbridge, only 2 m (6 ft) above the dozing creatures. Opened in 1913, it was the first zoo enclosure accessible to the public.

  9. Aquarium

    The greatest draw in the aquarium, where Caribbean and Amazonian habitats have been recreated, are the blacktip reef sharks and green morays. The electric eel, able to generate up to 800 volts, and the sting-rays are also popular.

  10. Amphibians’ Section

    Poisonous snakes, bird spiders and reptiles as well as other amphibians crawl and slither around behind glass on the second floor of the aquarium. A particularly spectacular event is the feeding of the spiders.

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