Berlin Zoo








                  The origin of the Berlin Zoo is ‘Peacock Island', summer home of Prussian King Frederick William III. His son King Frederick William IV happily gave his menagerie of birds, bears, kangaroos, and llamas to the founders of the Berlin Zoo when he came to power. In 1844, the Berlin Zoo opened after just three years of construction, making it the first zoo in Germany and the ninth in Europe.

Toward the beginning of its life, the Berlin Zoo gained little popularity. People weren't willing to make the trek outside of the city centre to get to this recreational haven. However, the early zoo directors Dr. Heinrich Bodinus and Dr. Ludwig Heck increased the zoo's status by bringing new structures and species to the zoo. During the period from 1869 to 1913 the Berlin Zoo's reputation greatly increased and began to rival other large zoos in Europe. In 1913 the great three-story aquarium addition opened to the public. This marked the height of the zoo's success. The achievement would soon go unnoticed however, with the fatal damage of World War II.
The Second World War destroyed the Berlin Zoo's buildings and killed many animals. Before the bombings in 1941, the Berlin Zoo was home to over 1,000 animals. Only 91 animals survived the war. Luckily, thanks to the Berlin Senate, Berlin Class Lottery, and generous people of Berlin, enough donations were provided after the war to get the zoo up and running once again. The current structure shows a more modern design of animal exhibits and is truly a sight to behold. Among the must-see exhibits is that of Bao Bao, the oldest Panda in the world living in captivity.

Guests can visit the zoo any day of the year. Operating hours are between 9am and 5pm with extended summer hours. From March to October the Berlin Zoo is open from 9am to 7pm. The cost of adult admission is €13; student and reduced admission is €10 and children's tickets are €6.50.

Visitors staying in Berlin apartments can easily find the Berlin Zoo by taking the underground to Zoologischer Garten station. Zoo-berlin.de is available for current Berlin Zoo information     
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