The best way to experience the AquaDom is to take the glass elevator straight up through the center of the cylinder. Once inside, you are surrounded by 265,000 gallons (over 1 million liters) of water and have a fish-eye view of over 1,500 marine creatures. There are more than 80 different species of varying shapes and colors to admire here, from the paddle fish, also known as the Pinocchio fish for its long nose, to the orange and white clownfish, better known to kids everywhere as Nemo.
As you rise slowly through the 82-foot (25-meter) tall cylinder, an informative guide brings the surrounding environment even further to life with fascinating insight and commentary. The AquaDom lights up after dark, which makes evenings in winter a particularly magical time to visit.
AquaDom is part of the Sea Life Berlin aquarium. See both attractions for the one ticket price.
The 35 different tanks at Sea Life include marine creatures such as eagle rays, catfish, sharks and an octopus. Get a little closer to the action and head to the Interactive Rockpool. This area reconstructs rocky shoreline habitats. Touch and play with crabs, anemones and sea stars. Check the feeding times at the various exhibits online before your visit.
Watch the masters of disguise at the Seahorse Paradise exhibit. These delicate creatures change their color and patterns to mimic the surrounding environment. Learn what Sea Life is doing to help protect this endangered species.
The AquaDom and Sea Life Berlin make for an educational adventure, particularly if you're traveling with children. They are also good attractions to visit on a rainy day.
The AquaDom and Sea Life Berlin are open every day. They are located right next to Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district. Several public transport options service the area, including the U-Bahn underground train, the S-Bahn railway system, buses and trams.