The Zoologischer Garten Berlin is a nice green area in the middle of the concrete jungle of Berlin and it is within a good access by public transport.
Here’s five more reasons to visit the Berlin Zoo
If you’re living in the Nordic countries and you’d like to see a real Asian elephant without traveling to India, you will find it surprisingly near. From the Berlin Zoo.
2. If you’re traveling to Berlin with kids, then the Zoologischer Garden Berlin will be guaranteed to give a lot more rewarding experience than, for example, the Berlin Wall.
3. The trained sea lions of the Berlin Zoo provide an action-packed show which will amaze you with the wisdom and learning ability of the animal.
4. If you want to try what it feels like to look at the hippopotamus eye to eye, even that can be done in the Berlin Zoo.
5. And yet, if you want to see the real giraffe, zebra or rhino without traveling to Africa, these animals can be found from the Zoologischer Garden Berlin, which Wikipedia says to be one of the largest zoos in the world and the largest in terms of animal species.
A big moose was guarding the main entrance, bringing the Scandinavian feel for the guest right from the beginning.
The room I got was ok size for a short visit and it was having big windows, from the floor to the ceiling. The window offered a nice view outside, though there was not much to see except buildings.
In-between the bathroom and the bedroom there was an exceptional glass window decorated with Scandinavian birch leaves. The window was right next to your bathtub, but you could not see outside clearly.
What I loved the most about this hotel, in addition to its central location in Berlin, near the public transport, were the mornings. The morning buffet was one the best I’ve ever had – There were plenty of options for people eating gluten-free and organic food.
Nice detail in the restaurant interior was the clock in the restaurant, which was actually a tv showing videoart of time passing by. What a lovely idea to have art in the morning together with your lovely breakfast.
The restaurants in Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz were neat and clean and simply elegant in a Scandinavian way. Coming from Finland, it all felt familiar to me. Over all I had nothing to complain during my stay in this hotel, so if you’re after a nice hotel experience in Berlin, this is one option.
SECOND TIME IN HOTEL SCANDIC POTSDAMER PLATZ IN BERLIN
In June 2019 I made another visit to the Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The big moose I mentioned earlier, was no more there waiting outside the hotel, but otherwise this Scandic hotel had stayed the same.
This time I had booked a superior room. It did not differ much from the previous standard room, except that it was on the second top floor of the hotel and the view from the window was a lot better and more spacious.
The room was neat and clean and in a good condition with a bathroom looking almost like new.
However, when I was making the bath, an unexpected surprise was revealed as the bathtub was filled with greenish water. The matter was investigated and settled for a long time. But even though the interior of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz was decorated with birch and lime green, all the way from the elevator ceiling to the dining room, no explanation for the tinted greenish water in the bathtub was found.
The hotel offered a gym shower and another free room by the next day. But since the water coming from the shower seemed colorless in a glass, it had to do for a quick shower, after a hot day in Berlin. Showergel was missing though but it was arranged later.
Next day the hotel maintenance technician had not found anything to repair in the bathtub, so in the end nothing was repaired.
There really was more than 30 degrees temperature in Berlin in the beginning of June. Inside the hotel room the temperature was at least +26. The room did not get cooler than that without opening the room window in the night. There was a silent cooling system in the room, but it was operating too gently and modestly compared to the traditional A/C systems, which cool the room very loudly but efficiently.
However, the hotel lobby, restaurants and the terrace were nicely cool all this time.
I went to the hotel restaurant once to dine and felt little amused, since the only vegetarian option in the menu was the same burger I had had four years back. But on the other hand – why to change, if the burger and the French fries are as tasty as they were in this restaurant of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz.
It was also possible to have the veg hamburger gluten-free. However, that meant that a small bun was brought in a plastic packaging and the wheat-paned vegetable steak was replaced with some grilled vegetables. Still, with the exception of the bread, the meal was tasty. See more in the pictures.
The hotel restaurant’s drink selection was good even with non-alcoholic drinks. I chose Ipanema, which was a drink consisting of lime, lime juice, white cane sugar and Ginger Ale. The drink got full ten points.
Important note to be made was, that buying a bottled drinking water from a shop in Berlin was nine times cheaper than buying it from the hotel kiosk.
Here’s some more photos from Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz, and with a view from the room window, daytime and nighttime –
The first time I travelled Berlin was in 2015 and I immediately fancied the Berlin-Tegel airport. The easiness of traveling onwards from there is worth mentioning. Had read a lot of positive reviews about Pergamon museum and because of that I felt a little disappointed after seeing the exhibition inside the museum. I would myself recommend that museum only to people unfamiliar with the East. Otherwise the museum did not have much new or exciting to see, at least in 2015. Especially if you’ve travelled in India
Whereas the Neues Museum in the Berlin Museum Island offered a very interesting and comprehensive view to the past of the humankind. The exhibition was in a way amazing and inspiring. It would be worth visiting there even without the famous Nefertiti, which you were not allowed to photograph.
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin was a tiny part of our history commercialized well into a modern day use. It was used as a place to take selfies with the “soldiers” from the past. I think this place is worth seeing if you’re into photography. It is also brilliant advertisement for the Mc Donald’s restaurant right next to it. You might even wanna have a bite of a hamburger with some history alongside.
Branderburg Gate in Berlin did not startle me, but the Holocaust Memorial I would recommend for photographers and those travellers interested in history. That impressive but yet modest looking memorial can make you very serious. Another similar grave sight is the Topography of Terror.
Berlin Zoo makes it easy to take a taxi to a jungle. All the monkeys, elephants and giraffes are right there in the middle of the city, with a skyscraper in the background. I would recommend this zoo experience to all the families with young kids visiting Berlin. One can get to the zoo easily with the public transport.
In the end, the Berlin TV tower (Fernsehturm) and Panoramapunkt will give you a very nice views above the whole city of Berlin.
See them and a lot more from the video Best of Berlin below –
And last but not least – Do not forget to visit the Art Market, when in Berlin.
Here’s some 5 random scenes from Berlin, Germany. These photos have been taken with an unusual method, which will explain any distortion met.
The first image is from the plaza near the Checkpoint Charlie. In the image you can see a museum or an exhibition hall presenting the story of the Berlin Wall. Near by this, on the other side of the road, was a free outdoor exhibition of the same subject.
The second image is from a grass field next to Alter museum in the Berlin Museum Island. The building in the middle is apparently a church. Behind it you can see the Berlin TV tower, Fehrnsehtum.
In the third image you can see among others the Concert Hall, Konzerthauz, of Berlin.
The fourth image takes you underground in Berlin, and the metro tunnel.
The fifth image is from the Sony Center, which is an architechturally fascinating experience especially in the evening time. There are also restaurants, museum and a movie theatre for a time pass.