Berlin doesn't just have two-legged residents, but also a lot of animals. They have two homes in the urban jungle: one is the Berlin Zoo in the former western part of the city, the other is the Tierpark Berlin in former East Berlin.
The Tierpark in the Berlin district Lichtenberg is the largest zoo in Europe. It is best to plan a whole day for your visit. Over 9,000 animals live on an area of 160 hectaresand there are about 900 different animal species in total - from the Malaysian bear to the Indian giant flying fox. You mustn't miss these animals of Berlin:
The elephants are a highlight in the Tierpark Berlin - especially when there are young ones. Our tip: Saturday and Sunday are bathing days (from October to Easter). Watch the thick-skinned animals as they splash around.
Walk with a llama in front of the Schloss Friedrichsfelde and pester the carers with your questions (from Easter to October, on Saturdays and Sundays, and also on public holidays).
In the Vari Forest, you can stroll through the forest of black and white and red varises and watch the curious monkeys up close.
Feeding, animal shows, and the polar bear talk at the Tierpark Berlin
Be there when the animals are fed in the Tierpark Berlin. Whether penguins or manatees, short-billed hedgehogs or tamandua (middle anteater) - together with the animal keepers, you can experience the Tierpark residents up close. A special feature in the Tierpark: The Polar Bear Talk takes place every day at 11 a.m. - with lots of expert information about these animals. By the way: You can also visit your favourite animal and look a giraffe right in the eyes or touch an elephant. The Tierpark offers individual guided tours for groups in the enclosures of selected species. You can find all the necessary information on the Tierpark's website.
The Tierpark highlight: Baby elephant Edgar
Our lady elephant Kewa was pregnant with her child for over 20 months. Then, on New Year's Eve 2015, it was finally time: She gave birth to her baby all by herself. First thought to be a girl, the baby elephant turned out to be a little boy. Berliners were eagerly involved in coming up with a name. Eventually, the curious mammal was christened Edgar and since then he has tumbled into the hearts of visitors.
The Tierpark was built when Berlin became a divided city after the Second World War because East Berlin also wanted to have a zoo. It was opened in 1955 in Schlosspark Friedrichsfelde. The park area, originally designed by garden artist Peter Joseph Lenné, also houses the Friedrichsfelde palace, built in 1695. The Community of Supporters of the Tierpark and Zoo Berlin e. V. took over organising the events that are held here - especially the concerts.
Events in the Berlin Tierpark
Whether it's a family celebration, the rococo castle festival, or a Tierpark run - get to know the extensive park, its castle, and the wildlife at one of the annual events. Evening walks and a varied holiday programme are regularly offered during the school holidays. On the Tierpark's website you can also find rally bows to print out yourself - so you can plan the rally with your family in advance.
Information for school groups
From kindergarten to year 13 - there are organised guided tours for the Tierpark as a learning location, which are designed according to age and individual requirements. In addition to small biologists and zoo animal experts, prospective mathematicians are also in demand for school projects in the Tierpark. Detailed information for school classes can be found on the Tierpark's website.
Directions to the Berlin Tierpark
The Tierpark has two entrances: The Bärenschaufenster can be reached by subway line U5 to the Tierpark stop. The Schloss entrance is located at the tram stop Criegernweg, which can be reached by tram lines M17, 27, and 37.
Did you know...
the Tierpark, zoo, and Aquarium Berlin are committed to the worldwide protection of species. For example, these institutions are involved in two-thirds of all international conservation breeding programmes.
From the Tierpark to Karlshorst
Karlshorst is a serene, green, and relaxed area characterised by nineteenth-century villas, town houses, and other listed structures. A highlight is visiting the harness racing track on a race day. With a cultural centre, a theatre and an attractive museum dedicated to German-Russian relations, residents and visitors have much to discover about the history and culture of this neighbourhood.