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Discussion in 'Germany' started by Welsh Zootographer, 28 Jun 2018.

  1. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I am flying in to Berlin tomorrow night for a zoo visit weekend break, I will probably only visit one zoo as I want to see other things too. My hotel is by zoo station so I will visit that one.
     
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    Try to then visit the aquarium too. :)
    There's a lot which is easy to miss - kiwi in the bird house (along with the fruit doves and finches + so much more), gerenuk in the giraffe house, arctic tern in the seabird aviary... Be prepared to split the zoo into two 'half'-days if you get tired.
    One of the 'non-zoo' things you can do is briefly visit the main desk in the lobby of the Radisson Blu to look up at the AquaDom. ;)
     
  3. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    My hotel is actually by Tierpark station, one stop from zoo. Visited the zoo for several hours this afternoon before becoming too tired and returned to my room for a rest. Just woke up too late to go out again so am going downstairs for a pot of tea and wtite postcards.

    Didn't see everything at zoo, deliberately missed the "annex" with the kangaroos, and didn't get around to hippo, primates or cats. However had a GREAT time and did see the Pandas (main objective) twice and a polar bear (very briefly, too quickly to photograph).

    Want to see a few things in the morning, bombed church, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Wall remaining etc. Then may make a visit to Tierpark, my flight from Schonefeld is not until late evening.
     
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    I would have avoid the pandas just to see the indoor viewing of the hippo house. It is impressive.

    Wont see much of Tierpark in a few hours. I spent a whole day there and didn't see everything, and did multiple loops.

    I would love to go back and take a couple of days at each place to take my time. Might wait till the works on the cats house at Tierpark are finished.
     
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  5. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Ah, but seeing the Pandas was not only the main objective of my zoo visit but the whole reason for my trip to Germany. :)

    I have wanted to see pandas for soooo long...
     
  6. Welsh Zootographer

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    Went to the Monkey Bar on top of Bikini Berlin. Then did some sightseeing before going to Tierpark. Had an hour to do Tierpark! Saw eight animals, lol. (6 buffaloes, a black/brown bear, and a polar bear. Want to go back to both next year. :D
     
  7. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't they have some of those in Scotland? Is it easier to get to Germany, or is it just the language barrier?
     
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    Ever since Edinburgh Zoo axed the free shuttle bus around the collection - which is located on a pretty steep hill - it has been a bit of a dicey prospect for anyone in a wheelchair or who cannot walk long distances; I suspect this might well be a reason why @Welsh Zootographer would have trouble visiting.
     
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  9. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    That was part of the reason, though I have the intention of visiting every panda in Europe. Eventually... :)