The Zoological Garden in Berlin was opened in 1844 after the zoologist Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein had approached the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV three years earlier. He not only asked him for a loan for his project, but also wanted to be allowed to use a significant part of his pheasantry. His memorandum persuaded the king to allow the garden to be founded.
In 2019, over 3.5 million people visited the Zoological Gardens. Today, it is the oldest zoo still in existence in the whole of Germany. However, it suffered immense losses during the Second World War. Of the 3715 animals living there at the time, only 91 survived the bombing. The reconstruction phase was associated with many hardships.
Today, visitors can marvel at over 19,459 animals on a total area of 33 hectares. Among the 1,200 species, you will also find animals that are threatened with extinction. The zoological garden is probably also familiar to many animal lovers from television. Since the 2000s, the series Panda, Gorilla & Co. has been filmed here, as in other large zoos in Germany. It gives viewers an insight into everyday animal and, of course, human life at the Berlin Zoological Garden.
Cheap parking at the zoo at Q-Park Fürst
Our Q-Park Fürst car park is about 23 minutes (1.8 km) walk from the Zoological Garden and offers you the perfect opportunity to park all day for just €15. Make the most of your time in Berlin and visit more of the city's offerings without having to re-park, such as KaDeWe and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.