Activities for adults

    Please note the current coronavirus precautions when booking tours and experiences. You can find more information here.

    Animal encounters

    Are you in love with serene hippos, mighty elephants or adorable meerkats? How would you like to have a close encounter with your favourite animal at Zoo Berlin? Zoo staff will introduce you personally and share their expert knowledge – as well as one or two amusing anecdotes.

    Please note: Our animal encounters are only open to visitors aged 16 and over. The exceptions are the penguins, which can be visited by children as young as ten. At least one person over 18 years of age must be present.

    • Hippos

      Every day except Saturdays,

      5:20 p.m. (summer) / 3:45 p.m. (winter)

      max. five people

    • Tapirs

      1:45 p.m.

      max. three people

      Please note: Participants must wear sturdy footwear (no open toes).

      Current waiting time: roughly three months

    • Penguins (disabled accessible)

      Monday to Friday, 2:30 p.m.

      max. five people

      Current waiting time: roughly five months

    • Meerkats

      Tuesday to Friday, 2 p.m.

      max. one to two people

      Please note: Participants must wear sturdy footwear (no open toes).

      Current waiting time: roughly six months

    • Okapis

      mid-May to October, Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.

      max. two to three people

    • Giraffes

      April to November, Monday to Friday, 1:30 p.m.

      max. five people

      Current waiting time: roughly five months

    • Elephants

      Monday to Friday,

      5:15 p.m. (summer) / 4 p.m. (winter)

      max. three people

      Currently no booking possible, except with already purchased voucher (August 2021)

    • Capybaras

      Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m.

      max. two to three people

      Please note: Participants must wear sturdy footwear (no open toes).

      Currently no bookings are possible.

      All at a glance!

      • No. of participants

        max. two to five depending on the animal

        Please note: Minimum age of participants is 16 (10 years for penguins, no age limit for hippos and giraffes). At least one person over 18 years of age must be present.

        To avoid any possible health risks, pregnant women are not able to participate in our animal encounters.

        The only fully disabled-accessible animal encounter is a visit to the penguins. You can request more information about this in your booking request.

      • Duration

        approx. 20 min.

      • Language

        German or English

      • Price

        €80 per visit (plus admission)

        For the elephants: €100 per visit (plus admission)

      • Booking

        Our exclusive animal encounters are very popular. As a result, a waiting period of several months is to be expected for almost all species.

      • Give the gift of an animal experience

        Looking for a special gift for an animal lover? Vouchers for tickets, tours and exclusive animal experiences can be purchased online or are available at the on-site annual pass booth by the Löwentor entrance  – and they make a great last-minute gift! The voucher will be sent to you by email immediately after you complete your purchase.

        BUY A VOUCHER NOW

      • Please note

        All vouchers are valid for three years. Refunds of the value of the voucher are not possible.

        A voucher for a visit to the elephants or okapis can currently only be purchased in combination with a specific date and time.

      Please note the current coronavirus precautions when booking tours and experiences. You can find more information here.

      Tours

      Embark on a special tour of discovery through Zoo Berlin with one of our experienced guides. Get ready to learn fascinating animal facts and gain exclusive insight into daily life at the Zoo – complete with the odd surprise or two!

      • Berlin celebrities

        Known and loved the world over – this tour is dedicated to zoo stars like elephants, pandas and sea lions. Get to know some of Berlin’s animal celebrities and gain exciting insight into daily life at the Zoo.

      • Black ‘n’ white

        Black and white has always been en vogue – especially since the arrival of Zoo Berlin’s giant pandas. Pay a visit to the adorable bamboo-loving bears and learn just how diverse the world of black-and-white animals really is.
            

      • On safari

        The Zoo Safari allows you to discover the amazing world of African animals such as giraffes, zebras and cheetahs. How have these animals evolved to adapt to their natural habitat, and how do they survive in the wild?
          
          

      • Macho man?

        Think it’s always the men that call the shots in the animal world? Think again! Learn the truth about gender roles in the animal kingdom and how everything ultimately revolves around reproduction.
          
          

      • Wild South America

        Colourful parrots, cute monkeys, mysterious tapirs – which of the Zoo’s inhabitants hail from South America? Embark on a journey of discovery through the wild world of South America.
           
          

      • Saving our planet

        More and more species are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Zoo Berlin is working actively to stop that happening. Go on a species conservation expedition and learn more about the important work being carried out by modern zoos.

      • The oldest zoo in Germany!

        Take a journey back in time and learn about the over 175-year history of Zoo Berlin, which is Germany’s oldest zoo. Take a closer look at the historical architecture found throughout the Zoo and discover how it is constantly developing to offer more modern, species-appropriate habitats for its animals.
          

      • Animals of Asia

        The animal kingdom of Asia is incredibly diverse, with habitats ranging from the tropical jungles of India to the icy tundra of Siberia. But who else lives in the realm of giant pandas and Asian elephants? This tour of discovery teaches you more about the Zoo’s Asian inhabitants.
          

      • Animals in myth and religion

        From the Hindu deity Ganesh to the South American legend of how the tapir came about and the many animals of the Bible – embark on a tour through the realm of animal gods and mythical beasts and gain exciting insight into animal symbolism in different faiths.

        All at a glance!

        • No. of participants

          max. 20

        • Language

          German or English;
          other languages can sometimes be arranged upon request

        • Duration

          approx. 90 min.

        • Price

          incl. exclusive animal experience:*   €150 (plus admission)

          not including exclusive animal experience: €120 (plus admission)

          *Experience a Zoo animal in a whole new way!

        • Booking

          To ensure you can reserve your preferred date and time, please send a booking request at least 14 days in advance or even earlier for weekend bookings.

        Evening tours

        An evening stroll around Zoo Berlin after the gates have closed to regular visitors is a wonderful way to end the day. Which animals get active at dusk, and who is allowed to sleep outside? On one of our guided evening tours you will learn the answers to these questions as well as many more animal secrets.

         

        All at a glance!

        • After-hours tours

          For individual and spontaneous visitors

        • Dates

          Starting again in summer 2022

        • Duration

          approx. 90 min.

        • Meeting point

          Löwentor entrance

        • Price

          €20 per person (incl. admission)

          These tours are primarily intended for adults. Children may take part, but there is no separate price for children. Annual pass holders pay €13.50 per person.

        • Booking

          Tickets will go on sale again as soon as dates are confirmed.

        • Exclusive after-hours tours

          A special shared experience for groups

        • Price

          €220 per group plus half-price admission for each participant

        • Time, etc.

          The starting time of the tour will depend on when the sun sets; everything else can be decided according to your individual requirements.

        • Booking

          Exclusive evening tours can be booked from April to mid-September.

          To ensure you can reserve your preferred date and time, please send a booking request at least 14 days in advance or even earlier for weekend bookings.

        • Any questions?

          Contact us at zooschule@zoo-berlin.de or call +49 (0)30 2540 1400.

        Please note the current coronavirus precautions when booking tours and experiences. You can find more information here.

        Christmas tour

        It's Christmas at Zoo Berlin. Who is perfectly adapted to a life in the cold? And who has the biggest frostbite among the Zoo animals? Discover with a guide the Zoo in winter during the holiday season. Of course, a ‘Christmas surprise’ should not be missing in the end.

         

        All at a glance!

        • Christmas tour

          For families and individuals

        • Dates

          December 24 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
          December 25 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
          December 26 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

        • Duration

          approx. 75-90 min.

        • Meeting point

          Zoo’s Löwentor entrance (inside the Zoo)

        • Language

          in German only

        • Price

          10,00 € per person plus entrance fee or annual pass

          There are no seperate prices for children or annual pass holders.

        • Booking

          Tickets can only be bought online in advance – as long as stocks last.

          Get your tickets now

        • Any questions?

          Contact us at zooschule@zoo-berlin.de or call +49 (0)30 2540 1400.

        Please note the current coronavirus precautions when booking tours and experiences. You can find more information here.

        Puzzlehunt

        If you like the idea of experiencing the fascinating world of animals in a whole new way with friends or family, or you want to show off your animal knowledge to colleagues, then you should try out Zoo Berlin’s special puzzlehunt!

        The puzzlehunt sees teams compete against one other, overseen by an experienced guide. The hunt gives each group a fascinating and varied tour of the Zoo that includes interesting questions, interactive games, fun photo tasks, and an animal surprise. At the end, scores are totted up, and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony.

         

        All at a glance!

        • No. of participants

          max. 15 people per puzzlehunt team; max. five teams at once

        • Duration

          The puzzlehunt lasts approximately two hours; the final scoring and award ceremony lasts approximately 15 minutes.

        • Language

          German

        • Price

          €440 per puzzlehunt (incl. admission for all participants)

          Since the puzzlehunt is a competition, at least two puzzlehunt teams must book at once.

        • Booking

          Puzzlehunts can take place any day during the week, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (starting time).

          To ensure you can reserve your preferred date and time, please send a booking request at least 14 days in advance or even earlier for weekend bookings.

        • Any questions?

          Contact us at zooschule@zoo-berlin.de or call +49 (0)30 2540 1400.

        • Puzzlehunt forms

          There are many ways to explore Zoo Berlin – including completing the puzzlehunt on your own! Simply print out one of the following puzzlehunt forms and let the game begin!

          Please note: Due to construction work, it is possible that you will not be able to access all areas to answer all questions.

        Please note the current coronavirus precautions when booking tours and experiences. You can find more information here.

        Photography workshop

        During the summer months, photography workshops are regular at Zoo Berlin. Naturally, the focus of these workshops is animal photography. After a theory session, which teaches about various camera settings and techniques, participants can immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge at the Zoo.

        For upcoming dates, further information and booking details, visit:

        https://www.fotoschule-des-sehens.de/berlinzoo.php

        https://www.fotokurse.berlin/de/fotokurse/tierfotografie-zootiere-k3267

        https://www.fotograf-aus-leidenschaft.de/fotoworkshops/fotowalks/tierfotografie

        Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for?

        We will be happy to put together your own personal tour according to your requirements.

        To give us enough time to prepare and to ensure you can reserve your preferred date and time, please send a booking request at least 14 days in advance or even earlier for weekend bookings.

        We look forward to hearing from you!

        Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

        * Required

        Please select these 2 Animals: Eagle Meerkat

      Opening hours

      Today, 29. November
      9:00 - 16:30
      Last admission: 15:30
      Opening hours

      Feedings & Trainings

      • No public Animal feeding & training sessions are taking place at this time.

      Map

      Zoo map

      Arrival

      Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin

      Route (Google)