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Berlin Zoo

Say “guten tag” to some of the world’s most exotic creatures in one of Europe’s most comprehensive and elegant zoos.

Berlin Zoo, or Zoologischer Garten in German, covers 84 acres (34 hectares) in the impressive Tiergarten park in the city center. The zoo opened in 1844 and was almost completely decimated in World War II. Now one of Europe's great zoological gardens, it’s home to nearly 18,000 animals from 1,500 species. It's attracted its fair share of celebrity too. It was here the polar bear Knut became an international star a few years ago, idolized through merchandise and TV appearances, before sadly passing away in 2011.  

When you enter the zoo, get your camera ready to capture one of the most photographed structures in Berlin: the Elephant Gate, one of two entrances at the zoo. This pagoda-style arch sets the tone for the zoo’s elegant layout and architecture. The animals are housed in areas built to resemble their natural habitat, including the African savannah and Australian outback.

Giant pandas, penguins, elephants, lions, meerkats, wolves and hippos are among the animals you’ll see. There’s also a walk-through aviary. Don't miss the symbolic animal of Berlin: the brown bear. You can watch the bears, and nearly all the other animals, at one of the regular feeding times. Check the website for details. Children and their parents can help feed the goats, geese and donkeys at the petting zoo.

Pick up a zoo map (available in English), at an additional cost, which lists useful information about the zoo’s inhabitants. When it's time for a rest stop, the zoo's main restaurant serves traditional German cuisine, as well as international dishes.

Next door is the Berlin Aquarium, housed in an opulent early 1900s mansion. It has 250 tanks showcasing tropical and native fish, crocodiles, sharks and insects.  

The zoo is located in the southern section of the Tiergarten and is easy to get to by public transport. It is open every day, but hours vary according to season.


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Steigenberger Hotel Berlin

Steigenberger Hotel Berlin

Los-Angeles-Platz 1, Berlin
4.4
of 5, from 2,963 reviews
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Opening onto a quiet park adjacent to the Ku'damm area, this hotel provides walking-distance access to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which is just 1 block away, as well as metro and train stations.

$88
Lindner Hotel Am Ku'damm

Lindner Hotel Am Ku'damm

Kurfuerstendamm 24, Berlin
4.4
of 5, from 1,241 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the Charlottenburg neighborhood in Berlin’s city center, this contemporary hotel is near Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche and Berlin Zoo. The metro and train station are also nearby.

$37
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Zentrum

Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Zentrum

Bülowstraße 20-22, Berlin
3.7
of 5, from 5,047 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Modern seven-story complex with cream facade, situated within 2.5 kilometers of the Kurfurstendamm and Berlin Zoo, and close to a metro station.

$80
Hotel Berlin, Berlin

Hotel Berlin, Berlin

Lützowplatz 17, Berlin
4.2
of 5, from 5,445 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The 701-room hotel offers access to West Berlin attractions such as Kurfürstendamm boulevard, and East Berlin sites such as Potsdamer Platz; Spree River is one block away.

$102
Hotel Palace Berlin

Hotel Palace Berlin

Budapester Strasse 45, Berlin
4.6
of 5, from 2,790 reviews
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Located in West Berlin, this modern hotel is next door to the Europa Center shopping complex and within just 500 meters of the bustling and cosmopolitan Kurfürstendamm.

$36
Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum

Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum

Franklinstrasse 23, Berlin
4.2
of 5, from 1,797 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Charlottenburg, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Technical University, Victory Column, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Berlin Zoological Garden and Schloss Charlottenburg are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$59
Hotel Lützow

Hotel Lützow

Keithstr. 38, Berlin
3.9
of 5, from 937 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tiergarten, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bauhaus Archive and Berlin Zoological Garden. Victory Column and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church are also within 15 minutes.

$87
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre

Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre

Nuernberger Strasse 65, Berlin
4.3
of 5, from 1,122 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Berlin City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Europa-Center and Berlin Zoological Garden. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Victory Column are also within 1 mi (2 km).