Berlin not only has its two-legged inhabitants, but also a whole host of animals. And there are two places in the urban jungle where you can find them – the Zoologischer Garten in the west of the city and the Tierpark in what used to be East Berlin.
The Tierpark in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district is the biggest zoo in Europe, so it’s best to put a whole day aside for a visit. On a site covering 160 hectares, it houses around 7500 animals from a total of around 900 species – from Malayan sun bears to Indian flying foxes. You won’t want to miss these special Berliners.
The Alfred-Brehm-Haus is where the tigers, lions and panthers snooze through the day. As well as the big cats, it also includes the tropical hall, where a treetop path takes you through the exotic greenery among flying foxes and tropical birds.
The elephants are one of the Tierpark’s greatest attractions – particularly when there are babies. On Saturdays and Sundays (from October to Easter), it’s bath day and you can watch them make a splash.
You can go for a walk with a llama outside Schloss Friedrichsfelde and ask the keepers all about them (from May to October on Saturdays and Sundays).
In the lemur forest you can watch the black and white lemurs and the red ruffed lemurs, and see the inquisitive prosimians right up close.
Feeding times, animal shows and polar bear talk at the Tierpark Berlin
Come and see them feed the animals at the Tierpark in Berlin. Whether it’s penguins or sea cows, echidnas or anteaters - together with their keepers you can experience the Tierpark’s inhabitants right up close. A very special event at the Tierpark is the polar bear talk every day at 11 a.m., with lots of expert information about these animals.
You can also visit your own particular favourite animal on the other side of the fence! The Tierpark offers individual guided tours for groups into the enclosures for selected species.
The pride of the Tierpark – Edgar the baby elephant
For more than 20 months, the elephant Kewa was pregnant with her baby. Then on New Year’s Eve 2015 it was finally time, and she gave birth all by herself. At first they through it was a girl, but it turned out to be a baby boy elephant. Berliners eagerly started looking for a name. Finally the inquisitive little elephant was christened Edgar and he has charmed the visitors ever since.
Video: Ich bin Edgar
The history of the Tierpark
The Tierpark was built as a result of Berlin’s partition after the Second World War, because they wanted a zoo in the east of the city too. It was opened in 1955 in the palace grounds of Friedrichsfelde. The park, which was originally designed by the landscape gardener Peter Joseph Lenné, also contains Schloss Friedrichsfelde, which was built in 1695. The events here – especially the concerts – are now organised by the charitable association set up to support Berlin’s two zoos.
Events at the Tierpark
Whether at the family festival, the Rococo palace festival or the Tierpark run – there are plenty of annual events where you can get to know the spacious park, the palace and the animals. Evening walks and quiz safaris are also regularly held in the summer months.
Information for schools
From nursery classes right up to the final year – there are organised learning tours of the Tierpark that can be tailored for all age groups and individual wishes. As well as junior biologists and zoological experts, up-and-coming mathematicians are in demand for school projects at the Tierpark. Detailed information for schools can be found on the Tierpark website.
Getting to the Tierpark Berlin
The Tierpark has two entrances: for the Bärenschaufenster, take the U5 underground line to Tierpark station. For the Schloss entrance, take the M17, 27 or 37 tram to Criegernweg .
From the Tierpark to Karlshorst
Karlshorst is tranquil, green and relaxed. 19th century buildings, villas, terraced houses and listed residential buildings characterise this part of town. One of the highlights is a visit to the racecourse for the harness racing. With the Kulturhaus, a theatre and the interesting German-Russian Museum, locals and visitors alike can discover the history of the neighbourhood.