Zoos and Parks in Berlin
For a city of 3.4 million Berlin has a remarkable number of green
spaces, public parks and zoos.
has two zoos, both on a generous scale. The Zoological Garten
in the west is right in the centre of the city, and although it
is relatively compact, the animals's habitats have been authentically
reconstructed. Some spectacular orang-utangs, an enormous Aquarium,
and a section for nocturnal animals are on display. Don't miss
the extraordinary mock-oriental Elephant Gate. Tierpark in the
east has 7300 animals in 150 enclosures. But that sounds almost
small-time when compared to the Botanical Garden in Steglitz which
houses over 2 million strains and species of dried plants in its
Sweeping from the Brandenburg Gate in the east to the Zoological
Garden in the west, Tiergarten, the old hunting grounds of the
Prussian royalty, is an enormous landscaped park, with canals
to boat along, lawns to sunbath on, and statue-lined avenues to
Most suburbs have their own park each with a different character.
Kreuzberg's Viktoria Park has a romantic waterfall tumbling down
from a monument crowned hill with a good view over the city. Volkspark
Humboldthain in the district of Wedding still has the remains
an old anti-aircraft gun turret and bunker which are used as a
Grunewald has the Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), complete with
ruined folly and shaky ferry to transport you to the magic island.
Further east the Hasenheide is filled with the smell of smoke
drifting from the barbecues, as the Turkish residents celebrate
the arrival of spring by picnicking en famille.
Park houses the dramatic Soviet War Memorial - it runs along the
river Spree, and from there you can take boat trips through or
right round the city by canal and river.
Palaces like Schloß Charlottenburg and Potsdam's Sanssouci have
formal gardens, landscaped and perspectived, complete with Orangerie,
lakes and follies.
Many of the public parks have open air cinemas and theatres,
where shows are run through the warmer months. Others boast elaborate
sporting facilities - tennis courts, race-tracks, mini-golf, climbing
walls, pools - as well as little cafes.
Spring and Autumn are the best times to be exploring the green
face of Berlin under it's famous skies .
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