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 Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788.
Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.
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