Zoo Berlin

Zoo Berlin

One of Berlin's most prominent landmarks, the Berlin Zoological Garden is Germany's oldest zoo. It is considered to contain the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.

  • Elephant Gate© Zoo Berlin
    The Elephant Gate at Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Pit und Paule feiern 1. Geburtstag im Zoo Berlin© dpa
  • Besucher beobachten einen Eisbären in seinem Gehege im Zoo Berlin© dpa
  • Seelöwen-Nachwuchs im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin/dpa
  • Neue Löwen erstmals im Zoo zu sehen© dpa

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The Berlin Zoological Garden - affectionately known as the Zoo - on the south west corner of the Tiergarten is a wonderfully kept urban Zoo with a huge playground, restaurants and coffee shops, providing a whole day's worth of family entertainment. A site Berliners are justly proud of, this large and very well-kept Zoo is home to more than 20,000 animals and over 1,500 species. The Berlin Zoo and its animals are part of local life and most Berliners will be aware of the news of a new arrival.

Zoo Berlin was opened in 1844

Rare among city zoos, the Zoo Berlin was founded in 1844 on the initiative of zoologists Alexander von Humboldt and Martin Lichtenstein and was the first Zoo to be built in Germany. Under Friedrich Wilhelm IV it became a joint project by Martin Lichtenstein and Peter Joseph Lenné who had redesigned the Tiergarten and allocated the southwestern tip of the Tiergarten as a zoological garden. Prior to this a pheasantry had served the royal kitchen from 1742. The royal family's private zoo had been on the Pfaueninsel (Pheasant Island) where pheasants can still be seen strutting around.

Photo Galleries (in German)

Zoologischer Garten Berlin

  • Elefantentor am Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Elefantentor am Zoo Berlin
  • Eisbär-Momente© dpa
  • Zoo Berlin© dpa
    Zoo Berlin
  • Ein verregneter Tag im Zoo© dpa
    Ein verregneter Tag im Zoo
  • Panda Nachwuchs im Zoo Berlin© dpa
    Panda Nachwuchs im Zoo Berlin
  • Eisbär-Nachwuchs in Berlin© dpa
    Eisbär-Nachwuchs in Berlin
  • Gorilla im Zoo Berlin© dpa
    Gorilla im Zoo Berlin
  • Giraffen im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Giraffen im Zoo Berlin
  • Orang Utan© Zoo Berlin
    Orang Utan
  • Elefanten im Berliner Zoo© dpa
    Elefanten im Berliner Zoo
  • Orang-Utan-Mädchen Rieke© dpa
    Orang-Utan-Mädchen Rieke
  • Zoo Berlin© dpa
    Zoo Berlin
  • Nashorn Nachwuchs im Berliner Zoo© dpa
    Nashorn Nachwuchs im Berliner Zoo
  • Nashorn Nachwuchs im Berliner Zoo© dpa
    Nashorn Nachwuchs im Berliner Zoo
  • Elefant im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Elefant im Zoo Berlin
  • Wölfe© dpa
  • Bongonachwuchs im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Bongonachwuchs im Zoo Berlin
  • Hyänenhunde im Berliner Zoo© dpa
    Hyänenhunde im Berliner Zoo
  • Zoologischer Garten© Zoo Berlin
    Zoologischer Garten
  • Zoologischer Garten© Zoo Berlin
    Zoologischer Garten
  • Flusspferd im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Flusspferd im Zoo Berlin
  • Zoologischer Garten© Zoo Berlin
    Zoologischer Garten
  • Pinguinhaus im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Pinguinhaus im Zoo Berlin
  • Zoologischer Garten© Zoo Berlin
    Zoologischer Garten
  • Felsenpinguin im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Felsenpinguin im Zoo Berlin
  • Elefantenfütterung im Winter© dpa
    Elefantenfütterung im Winter
  • Seelöwen im Zoo Berlin© Zoo Berlin
    Seelöwen im Zoo Berlin

Animal houses at Zoo Berlin

Numerous architects worked on the design of the urban habitats for the specific animal. The Antelope House dates back to 1872 and the Elephant House to 1873. The Hippopotamus House (1997) is an example of more modern concepts applied for the well-being of the animals. Under a 13,000 square feet glass solar panel roof the hippopotamuses can be viewed beneath the water and the animals are no longer simply on display.

Over three million visitors each year

There are two impressive main entrances – the Lion Gate on Hardenbergplatz, and the Elephant Gate next to the Aquarium on Olof Palme Platz. The Zoo is visited yearly by over three million animal enthusiasts. Feeding Times for many different animals can be checked prior to your visit on the Zoo's website.

Zoo Berlin Information


Hardenbergplatz 8
10787 Berlin
Opening hours
1st January to 21th February 09-16:30
22th February to 28th March 09-18
29th March to 26th September 09-18:30
27th September to 31th October 09-18
1st November to 31st December 09-16:30
The Zoo closes at 2 p.m. on 24 December.
Admission Fee
Adults 16 euros, children (4-15 years) 8 euros, children up to 3 years free of charge.
several themed tours are available

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)


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| Last edited: 26. February 2021