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In the Tiergarten, you find the Berlin Zoo, which became world famous in 2007 for the Polar Bear cup – Knut – who sadly died in 2011 due to a heart disease. But the Zoo is so much more that cute polar bears. It is a giant zoo, 35 acres, and has over 17.500 animals and 1500 species. This is in other words a garden that you must visit, if you like looking at different animals.
There is also a pretty big Aquarium, and you can buy combined ticket for both. The Aquarium has not only fish, but also reptiles, bugs and worms.
As you can see from our pictures, you can find one of the most “loving Lions” in the world, this great animal wasn’t a bit shy when trying to sneak up on the female, while 200 visitors was following his every move. You must admire his charm and devotion, even though the female lion didn’t make this his lucky day…
If you only have a short period of time in Berlin, what should you see, of all the different attractions? Here are, in our our humble opinion, the top attractions of Berlin, which all are with-in walking distance of each-other… First off – the area around the Brandenburger Gate is for sure a good place to go and see. At the big square in front go the Brandenburger Gate, you will each day find a lot of street artists showing off, and the square is packed with people all day. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epCRd9Bug5s&feature=youtu.be] Right at the Pariser Platz, just oppersite of the Brandenburger Gate, you can see the world famous Hotel Adlon Kempinski, which of course is where you stay, after reading our post
A few hundred meters from the Brandenburger Gate, you find the Reichtag, the seat of the German Parliament, a vast city castle. The building was destroyed in the war, rebuild between 1961 and 1971 and finally redesigned in the late 90’s buy the hand for star architect Norman Foster. The signature glass dome at the top, hosts a restaurant and cafe, but remember to book a table in good time, because this is a popular place to go. In the same area of the city, the huge park Tiergarten is located. If you know a bit german, you will properly think that this park is a giant zoo. But sadly it isn’t – but actually you can find a zoo at the far western corner of Tiergarten – Berlin zoo and its impressive elephant gate build in 1899. The zoo os the oldest in Germany, and has a collection of round 16.000 animals. Combined with the zoo is also a very interesting aquarium. The zoo is a very nice place to spend a few hours looking at all the animals.
On the oppersite side the german answer to Champs Elysee, the street Unter den Linden cuts is way through the city towards the Museum Island. Take a slow walk and enjoy all the beautiful buildings like the Berliner Dom, St Hedwigs Cathedral and Alte Museum on your way towards the most famous building of them all – The Berliner Fernsehturm – the tv-tower, which honestly is most impressive due to the hight and structure, and not for the architecture – it other words – it not really something pretty. Right besides the tv-tower you finds the Alexander Platz…
….Then it is time to turn 90 degrees left in a heartbeat – and head towards the trendy and cool area of Berlin. The streets around Alte Schönhauser Straße. In this area of the city you find all the cool shops, small restaurants and designer places. Here you can find designer goods like big metal letters, clothes, refurbished furniture and have our dinner at Monsiour Voung’s vietnamese restaurant – a quite popular place in Berlin, and they provides great food at low prices. If you are thinking – isn’t there any more to see in Berlin? An for sure there is, there is plenty more to see. But these places are placed quite close and are easy to reach by foot during one day. If you have a bit more time on your hands, a sailing trip on the river Spree, a walk down to see Check-point Charlie and the old parts of the Berlin-wall must also be on your “to do” list…
Currywurst and Knödel is normally what you combine with german food, and to be honest, this quality of these dishes is quite low. So when we were going to Berlin, we thought that our love for japanese food, would have a hard time. But we were wrong, very wrong! The japanese restaurant Ula-Berlin was our rescue, this place is really in a world class league.
In august Travellersplanet went to Berlin, to celebrate one of ours birthdays. As luxury-lovers, the only place to stay in Berlin is of cause Hotel Adlon Kimpinski. Should you not know about Adlon, here is a quick historic lesson: