|Gorilla in the monkey house
When the Berlin Zoo was first opened, it was the first zoo in Germany, the ninth in Europe and was located on the outskirts of the city limits; today it sits in its center.The first animals were donated by Frederick William IV, the King of Prussia who had a summer retreat complete with peacocks, bears, kangaroos and water buffalo on an island near Potsdam. The first full time director was appointed in 1869 and from then until the end of the century the zoo continued to grow in both size and scope as exotic animal habitats with ornate structures were established. The building of a minaret topped antelope house, and Indian style elephant house, and Egyptian inspired ostrich house and the elephant gate house soon had the Berlin Zoo competing with the venerable London Zoo.
|Have you ever seen a goat actually standing on the ground?
It may have been cold but this zoo is great to visit any time of the year. Plan on making a day of it; we were there when the gates opened and they were shutting them behind us as we left. But the day flew by so if you are in Berlin and need a break from war history, visit the zoo. You won't be disappointed.
|The sea lion show
If you go:
10787 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 30 254 010
Accessible by U-Bahn & S-Bahn
Open 09.00-19.00, reduced hours during the winter
Adults 13 Euro, children over the age of 5 are 6,50 Euro; family tickets and combination tickets for the
aquarium are also available