The Berlin Zoo celebrates diversity, from pandas to rhinos, and protects, studies and breeds one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of species. Travelers can meet Knut the polar bear, along with a massive variety of marine creatures at the Zoo Aquarium.
Many of the enclosures are historic and re-create a range of habitats for everything from carnivores to birds. One of the newest is the glass-domed Hippopotamus House. At the adjacent aquarium, visitors can see tiny jellyfish and huge crocodiles, reptiles and tropical fish.
Germany’s oldest zoo is in the heart of the city off Kurfürstendamm, entered via the lovely Chinese-inspired Elephant Gate on Budapester Straße. The closest subways are Zoo and Kurfürstendamm stations.