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TiergartenBerlin

Berlin’s “great escape” is a peaceful expanse of forests, meadows and ponds, right next to the city center.

Tiergarten translates as “animal garden,” a name that came about when the park was once the private hunting ground of Prussian royalty. Wild game no longer roams the woods today, but you will still find plenty of natural beauty in the 500 acres (200 hectares) of landscaped garden and lawns. The Tiergarten is so vast that it lends its name to the entire surrounding suburb in central Berlin.

Long stretches of tree-lined trails are perfect for strolling, biking or even a Velotaxi ride. Explore the many monuments and statues throughout the park. History buffs will be impressed by the Soviet War Memorial, a huge marble-columned structure built in 1945 as a tribute to Soviet soldiers killed in the Battle for Berlin. Music lovers will want to visit the statue of one of Germany’s most acclaimed composers, Richard Wagner.

Rising from the center of the garden is the 230-foot (70-meter) high Victory Column. Originally erected in front of the Reichstag building in the 19th century, it was moved to its current location by Hitler and as a result was spared from destruction at the end of World War II. Climb the 285 steps to the viewing platform for an uninterrupted view over Berlin. Look north to see Bellevue Palace, south for the embassy district and zoo, east to the Brandenburg Gate and west for Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace).

At the first sign of warm weather, groups of families and friends spread out under the trees with picnics, while sunbathers soak up the sun’s rays. In winter, the garden takes on a more somber, though still beautiful, atmosphere. It's sometimes possible to ice skate on the small frozen lakes, but check for signs before doing so. When hunger calls, stop for a coffee and cake at the Café am Neuen See in the park's center, or enjoy a refreshing wheat beer in the beer garden.

The park is within easy walking distance of the city center and is surrounded by convenient S-Bahn and U-Bahn train stations; the closest is Berlin-Tiergarten near the western entrance.

Top hotels in Tiergarten

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is £74 per night

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries ...

4.2/5Very Good! (8,301 reviews)

"I just loved the whole layout and service of the hotel. It was super clean and just an awesome experience."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Grand Hyatt Berlin
Grand Hyatt Berlin
5 out of 5
Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, Berlin, BE
The price is £168 per night

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is steps away from Berlinale Palast and Sony Center. Potsdamer Platz and Berliner Philharmonie are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,757 reviews)
Would recommend!

"Great hotel, lovely swimming pool area and nice rooms. Close to the majority of landmarks, will definitely visit again."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Grand Hyatt Berlin
Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
5 out of 5
Lützowufer 15, Berlin, BE
The price is £121 per night

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm and Berlin Zoological Garden. Potsdamer Platz and Europa Center are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,075 reviews)

"The hotel was ideal location for bus travel. The rooms were excellent and the staff very helpful. The leisure facilities were in excellent condition but not large."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
arabel Design Apartments Berlin
arabel Design Apartments Berlin
4 out of 5
Potsdamer Straße 89, Mitte, Berlin, BE
The price is £93 per night

Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of New National Gallery and Potsdamer Platz. Department Store of the West and Checkpoint Charlie ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (312 reviews)

"When we walked into our 3 bedroom apartment for The 1st time we were Completely blown away by the decor, Space, cleanliness and overall feel of the place. It was truly a home away from home. Housekeeping did a fantastic job refreshing the space every day. The front desk staff was very helpful and ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

arabel Design Apartments Berlin
fjord hotel berlin
fjord hotel berlin
3 out of 5
Bissingzeile 13, Berlin, BE
The price is £58 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Berlinale Palast, Potsdamer Platz and Berliner Philharmonie. Tempodrom ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,324 reviews)

"Clean and very friendly staff. There was a strong smell of cigarettes in front of my room and the walls are pretty thin. Despite these, I was pleased with my experience here."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

fjord hotel berlin
Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park
Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park
3.5 out of 5
Flottwellstr. 18, Berlin, BE
The price is £80 per night

Located in Tiergarten, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Museum of Technology, Tempodrom and Sony Center. Friedrichstrasse and Potsdamer Platz ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (301 reviews)

"This is a single-owner operated hotel in a very central and interesting neighborhood of Berlin. Staff is awesome. Rooms are nice. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park

Popular places to visit in Tiergarten

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(889 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Berlin Zoological Garden
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Berlin Zoological Garden

4.5/5(292 reviews)

Say “guten tag” to some of the world’s most exotic creatures in one of Europe’s most comprehensive and elegant zoos.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

4.5/5(834 reviews)

Torched by Hitler, bombed by Britain and stormed by the Russians, the seat of German power has risen again as a symbol of a united and progressive Germany.

Berliner Philharmonie
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Berliner Philharmonie

5/5(8 reviews)

Berliner Philharmonie is a favourite theatre with a rich history in Berlin. Discover the entertainment choices and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Victory Column
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Victory Column

4.5/5(356 reviews)

Don’t leave Berlin without saying hello to Golden Lizzie, the gleaming statue at the top of the city’s best-known landmark.  

Bellevue Palace
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Bellevue Palace

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Admire this magnificent neoclassical palace built for a Prussian prince in 1786 in the leafy Tiergarten, which today holds the official seat for the German president.

Top things to do in Tiergarten

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

76% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Berlin Small-Group Walking Tour
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Berlin Small-Group Walking Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£48
Per adult
Berlin's History of Sex - Small Group Tour
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Berlin's History of Sex - Small Group Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£26
Per adult
Berlin Wall's Greatest Escapes - Exploration Game & Tour
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Berlin Wall's Greatest Escapes - Exploration Game & Tour

£9
Per adult
Berlin Combo: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Icebar
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Berlin Combo: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Icebar

£32
Per adult
Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option
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Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

£20
Per adult

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3/5(1 area review)

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