If you have had the pleasure of travelling with children, you would know that sometimes it’s hard to keep them happy. In their minds, Museums and Art Galleries can be boring. That’s because most young children don’t appreciate looking at the ancient pottery from Pompeii or the subject and detail of Rembrandt’s The Nights Watch. Basically, unless there are dinosaurs or places with amazing interactive fun, children become disinterested quickly. They want to go to places like Disneyland, Sea World or the other major amusement parks. But, at times we all become those little kids and desire that entertainment. Feeling in a fun and happy mood we head off for a day at the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium.
Now, if this is your first trip to Berlin, you may want to think about purchasing the Berlin Welcome Card. This transport tourist card lasts up to 6 days and covers all your public transport options. It also comes with a booklet containing discounts to many of the major attractions, including the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium. Additionally, it comes with that all important city map, so you can see the various tourist sites and construct your touring itinerary accordingly.
If you are short on time, you can do the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium separately. We opted to combine the two at a discounted price (See below). Since the zoo is the larger of the two complexes we do the zoo first.
As mentioned the zoo is large, exhibiting a wide range of animals from around the world. Our recommendation is to examine the zoo’s map provided and work out a plan of attack. That way you won’t be backtracking and possibly missing some of the animals. Of course, the information is in German so have your translating app available if you can’t read German.
The zoo has set times for feeding and information on the animals (again in German), but it was still interesting seeing them being fed. From wolves, elephants, gorillas, rhinos, lions, zebras and giraffes it was amazing to see the children’s young faces light up in awe of these magnificent creatures.
Finding food is not an issue at the zoo as they have a large cafe, a restaurant and many food carts scattered around the park.
Exciting times are ahead for the Berlin Zoo as they are finishing their new Panda enclosure as they are expecting them to arrive in June 2017.
Once you’ve finished in the Berlin Zoo make your way to the Aquarium. Here you will find an arrangement of diverse types of fish, amphibians, reptiles and creepy crawly insects.
This three-story building holds a vast quantity of fish species of assorted sizes and incredible colours.
There is a warm, humid, central forest area that has some crocodiles, which was inviting on a cooler Berlin day. Like the zoo the aquarium has a cafe, in case you want a snack or coffee.
Overall, both the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium are wonderful places to visit in Berlin. By using the Berlin Welcome Card, we had a 25% discount on the combined price, so great value for money. There is enough fun and intrigue for children to enjoy the day. The zoo also has a large playground area, so your children can burn off some extra energy if required. Visit the zoo and aquarium today and tell them, Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
Additional Information for the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium
Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin
Ph. +49 30 254010
|1. January – 26. February||9:00 am – 4:30 pm||9:00 am – 3:30 pm|
|27. February – 26. March||9:00 am – 6:00 pm||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|27. March – 24. September||9:00 am – 6:30 pm||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|25. September – 29. October||9:00 am – 6:00 pm||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|30. October – 31. December||9:00 am – 4:30 pm||9:00 am – 3:30 pm|
The Zoo closes at 2 p.m. on 24 December.
Please note that the ticket offices close approx. one hour before the zoo closes. The animal houses close 30 minutes before the zoo itself closes.
Budapester Straße 32, 10787 Berlin
Ph. +49 30 254010
|1 January–31 December||9 a.m.–6 p.m.|
TICKETS – Berlin Zoo and Aquarium
|Aquarium & Zoo – Separate||ZOO & AQUARIUM Combination|
|Adults||14,50 €||20,00 €|
4 up to 15 years
|7,50 €||10,00 €|
(1 adult and his or her children up to 15 years)
|25,00 €||33,00 €|
(2 adults and his or their children up to 15 years)
|39,00 €||50,00 €|
students, apprentices, ALG I+II recipients, the severely disabled and their accompaniment, accompaniment if explicitly required on the disabled visitor’s ID
|10,00 €||15,00 €|
Welcome to Berlin Card
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