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Berlin a City With a Lot of History and Culture

Mar 6, 2008
Berlin is a major European city which hosts an international airport and several top hotels. Many people believe that a visit to modern Berlin would be incomplete without a visit to the Berlin Wall, in order to obtain an understanding of the city's history. Today, the various museums and monuments represent a part of Berlin's history and are featured around the city. As a light break from the city's historical details and culture, many people of all ages enjoy a visit to the Berlin Zoo.

Zoo Berlin

The Berlin Zoo was opened in 1844 and is located in the heart of the city. It may be difficult to conceive but for over a century and a half, visitors to the zoo have been able to learn about animal life and enjoy watching the animals. It is believed that these days the zoo contains approximately 14,000 animals of 1500 different types. In addition, an aquarium located within the zoo was opened in 1913. The zoo itself today provides a combination of the historical and the modern that produces an interesting visit for the tourist. A particularly interesting and well-known sight at this location is the entrance to the zoo. The Elephant Gate that was constructed in 1899 was destroyed in the latest war. This gate was then reconstructed according to its original features in 1984. Photographs of the gate are famous around the world. This gate now welcomes modern visitors to the Berlin Zoo just as the original gate did all those years ago.

At the Berlin Zoo, special efforts are made to create an environment for each animal type that is as close as is feasibly possible to its natural environment. One particular species worth a special mention is the giant panda which is housed at this zoo but is not an animal that can be found at all zoos around the world. Another aspect that demands a special note is the new home for the hippopotamuses that was opened in 1997. Today they are housed in a specially created type of aquarium that is surrounded and enclosed by special glass domes so that visitors may watch them. There is also a petting zoo at which children are permitted to pet and feed certain animals.

The Berlin Zoo is claimed to be the zoo with the most visitors in the whole of Europe.
This location's official name is Berlin Zoologischer Garten which is translated to Berlin Zoological Garden in English. Due to its central location, the zoo is easily accessible. It is also possible to find a place to stay that is close to the zoo, if desired. After checking out details of the different options available, accommodation may be arranged at the simple touch of a button, via the Internet.

The city of Berlin offers several cultural and historical sites to its visitors. However one of its main attractions is the Berlin Zoo.
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