Zoo Berlin#11 in Best Things To Do in Berlin
Zoos are frequently top attractions for families, and Zoo Berlin (or Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is no different. Nearly 20,000 animals – including giant pandas, hippos and polar bears – live here, nestled in the southwestern curve of the Tiergarten.
The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to either 4:30, 6 or 6:30 p.m. (depending on the season). If you're also interested in bidding a "guten tag" to the aquatic animals housed at the nearby aquarium, you can save some euros by purchasing a combined ticket. Recent visitors say the variety of animals is impressive and the facilities are well-maintained. Reviewers were also pleased with the aquarium and recommended paying for the combined ticket. However, travelers do warn of a lack of food and drink options within the zoo.
You can find Zoo Berlin on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. General zoo admission ranges from 8 euros (about $9) for children 15 and younger to 15.50 euros (about $17) for adults. Family ticket packages are also available. Note that the ticket office closes one hour before the zoo closes. For more information, visit the zoo's website.
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#1 Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.
Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.
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