Berlin Zoological Garden

Where Knut Was Once at Home

Remember Knut? He was the cute polar bear, born in the Berlin Zoological Garden, who was rejected by his mother and afterwards raised by his keepers. Knut became a huge attraction, but unfortunately passed away five years later.

Anyway, you guessed it: Lars and I paid a visit to the Berlin Zoological Garden.

Berlin Zoological Garden

It was quite clear from the beginning that some animals do not fear heights, whereas others preferred to keep a low profile.

The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest and most popular zoo in Germany.

And it has one of the biggest animal collections of the world.

You can even pet some farm animals, which is fun for small and big kids.

The Berlin Zoological Garden opened in 1844 and currently covers 35 ha.

Lars and I are big fans of these animals: elephants and giraffes.

And then… we felt so sorry for this fellow…

Berlin Zoological Garden

But nothing prepared us for this: the majestic silverback gorilla. Enjoying his lunch…

The colourful orangutans were quite photogenic as well.

Although it was very cold outside, these monkeys did not seem to mind it at all.

The aquarium – for which you have to pay extra – was our last stop. It doesn’t only house creatures from the sea, but also reptiles (which we did not visit, since Lars hates them).


  • GP Cox March 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    That hippo sure seems tuckered out. I wonder what he had been up to!!
    Good to see a giraffe, they’ll soon be extinct along with the elephants and rhinos. Hopefully they’ll breed in the zoo.

    • Ingrid D. March 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Then you will be happy to know that there is a zoo in Belgium with three pregnant elephants ūüôā

  • David Klinke March 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve long heard the complaints of various animal activists about zoos and circuses being unfair to animals, and to an extent I can see their points, but I so love them anyway!

    — YUR

    • Ingrid D. March 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      So do we! But most of the zoos that we have visited so far really treat their animals well.

  • Kathryn Sparks March 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I am so in love with good zoos‚ÄĒand despite the complaints about animal captivity, believe that many zoos are very vigilant about the health and well-being of their animal occupants *and* that many species would be in graver danger of extinction, if not already extinct, were it not for the education and exposure zoos give to non-biologists and those unable to understand the beauty and complexity of the animals without experiencing live “contact” in this way. In any event, thanks for sharing such a grand example and the gorgeous animals in it! Richard and I are longing to get back to Berlin and visit some of our dear friends, and I would love to have a chance to see some of the great parts of the city that you’ve shared here!
    All best to you two!

    • Ingrid D. April 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      If you make it to Germany, try to visit the zoo in Bremerhaven, which specialises in arctic animals. All the best to you as well!


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