- By Kevin
- On Nov 16, 2017
- Travel Tips
Walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall,marvel at the splendour of a Prussian palace,visit Checkpoint Charlie or stand in the very room where the Holocaust was planned.Just following our Berlin guides to learn the attractions,sights and activities in Berlin.
Berlin Zoological Gardens
Zoologischer Garten Berlin is the oldest such establishment in Germany and remains one of Berlin's most popular attractions,welcoming more than three million guests each year.Established in 1844 and completely rebuilt after WWII,this very modern zoo and its aquarium does an excellent job of displaying the animals in its care in their natural environment,and has earned a reputation for its many successful breeding programs.
With more than 15,000 animals representing some 1,600 species,including pandas and apes in large open-air enclosures,as well as predator and nocturnal animal houses and Europe's biggest aviary,expect to spend the best part of a day here.Be sure to also visit Aquarium Berlin,one of the zoo's main attractions.Built in 1913,it remains one of the largest such facilities in Germany with more than 9,000 creatures housed in its 250 tanks,including reef and tiger sharks,jellyfish,tropical fish,reptiles,and insects.Another zoo of interest is Tierpark Berlin,home to some 7,250 animals from 840 different species.
Address:Hardenbergplatz 8,10787 Berlin
The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum
Originally the kitchen and herb garden of the Royal Palace,the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden(Botanischer Garten Berlin-Dahlem)was built in 1679 on the instructions of the Grand Elector.After being transferred to Dahlem at the end of the 19th century,it became one of the largest and most important botanic gardens in the world.
Covering 104 acres,the site is home to more than 22,000 different species of plants,including a series of open beds arranged geographically,an arboretum with 2,200 species of trees and shrubs,a section devoted to medicinal plants,16 hothouses for plants from tropical and subtropical areas-including the Great Tropical House-and a large pond forming the centerpiece of the biotope for marine and marsh plants.Also worth seeing is the Electoral Garden with its 17th-century garden greenery,a garden restaurant,and the excellent Botanical Museum with its herbarium featuring more than two million plants and an extensive library.
Address:Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8,14195 Berlin