Located next to Zoo Station in the heart of the western city center, Zoologischer Garten Berlin is one of the most renowned zoos and a popular tourist attraction in the city. Founded in 1844 by Prussian King William IV, the Zoologischer Garten is Germany's oldest zoo. With 13,000 animals covering over 1,400 different species, the zoo is also one of the world's most populous zoos. Home to polar bears, giant pandas and arctic wolves, majestic birds like King Vulture and Ostrich can are found here. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, the zoo is an important landmark of the city.
Biosphäre Potsdam is an indoor tropical haven in the city of Potsdam. Spread across 7,000 square meters (75347.37 square feet), the Biosphäre Potsdam recreates the typical rain forests of the equatorial region. As you walk in, you will be mesmerized by refreshing sights, sounds and fragrances. Professional guides will take you around the rain forest to get you acquainted with the flora such as Traveler's Palm, The Screw Pine and more, fauna such as Python Regius, Veiled Chameleon and some pretty intriguing exhibits. This ecological space is also home to a koi pond, where you can feed the fish, a colorful butterfly house, medicinal plants, birds, insects and a lot more. Escape from the city into the green world of Biosphäre Potsdam for an unforgettable experience.
Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr - Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow is situated in what was a Royal Air Force base in the far west of the city, before German reunification. British aircrafts landed here with essential supplies during the Berlin Airlift of 1947. After Allied forces left Berlin in the 1990s, the German Air Force took over the base and promptly turned it into a museum dedicated to military history. This hidden gem of a museum boasts a massive collection of over 600,00 exhibits, including 214 aircraft, 5,000 sets of uniforms and a number of equipment covering a hundred years of German aviation. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum organizes special exhibitions on topics related to military history.
Kinderbauernhof Pinke-Panke is in a city farm that is bordered by the small river Panke and in the district of Pankow. This is the perfect family-friendly outing that allows children to learn more about where their food comes from in a fun setting. You can help with farm chores, listen to a storyteller, do crafts, and more. At set times, children can even feed the animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. You may even learn how to bake bread on an open camp fire.
This rectangular, leafy square in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg is surrounded by tall buildings, busy outdoor cafes and restaurants. Named after a famous left-wing, anti-war artist Käthe Kollwitz, this was the clandestine meeting place for radicals, intellectuals and artists during the socialist era. Today, the square is one of the most throbbing sites of Berlin, with trendy coffee bars and exclusive restaurants such as Gugelhof, where German Chancellor Schröder once took US President Clinton out to dine. The square has an ambiance that still reminds one of the era of socialistic revolution. There is also a big wooden playground that is separated for younger and older kids, complete with everything they need, including swings, slides, a play house and climbing towers.
Located in a pavilion at the far end of the Hackesche Höfe complex in the centre of eastern Berlin, Galerie Leo.Coppi is home to exhibitions of figurative and expressive art, paintings, sculpture and graphics by local artists. The friendly proprietor will be glad to provide you with further information about the artists. This is one of those locations that showcases the rich culture of Germany.
Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung lies in one of the twin buildings facing Schloss Charlottenburg which were originally used as the royal barracks. The centerpiece of the museum's collection is the world-famous, 3000-year-old bust of Nofretete. Don't forget the other treasures though, which include a portrait of Queen Tiy and King Akhenaton from the 14th Century BCE. The collection contains a total of over 2000 ancient Egyptian masterpieces. Temporary exhibitions are staged in the great hall, which was modeled on King Sahure's Pyramid Temple.
The Berliner Arbeiter und Studententheater ('Berlin Workers and Student Theatre') otherwise known as 'bat' was founded in the 1960s by Wolf Biermann. Since 1981 it has been part of the Ernst Busch Hochschule für Schauspielkunst (Academy of Theatrical Arts), who still use it as their main stage. Plays by the Academy's students are performed regularly. Most are very good and often have a distinctly political edge.
Sponsored by the district's Bureau for Cultural Affairs (Kulturamt Mitte), the legendary comic library has reopened in a new location. From Nick Knatterton to the Japanese Manga originals, Renate stocks them all. Get your hands on your favorite comics in German, Italian, Spanish, French and other languages. You'll find historical comics, fanzines, magazines, art periodicals, comics for adults and for children, and underground comics here. Enjoy flipping through the vast collection while seated in a pretty setting. The knowledgeable staff will help you with your queries. You can also borrow books and magazines for a monthly fee.
Dance is the name of the game at Dock 11 theater and studio. From children's ballet lessons to international seminars, the studio offers a range of classes and workshops to improve your moves. They even have pilates and yoga classes to tone and strengthen. If you do not feel like participating yourself, the theater is also a very active part of the establishment, with festivals and performances taking place throughout the year. Visit the website for updated event schedules.