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“Small, expensive and old-fashioned” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Aquarium

Budapester Strasse 32, 10787 Berlin, Germany (Charlottenburg)
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Owner description: Even after ninety years the most significant show aquarium in Germany is still a Mecca of biodiversity and history for aquarium and terrarium fans. Since it opened its doors for the very first time the three storeys of Zoo-Aquarium have been presenting a section through the classes of fish, lower animals, reptiles, amphibians, and articulates around its heart, the Crocodile Hall, at that time the world's first walk-in animal enclosure for visitors. Number of animals and species With the largest number of species of its kind this building provides terrariums and aquariums for over 9,000 animals of almost 800 species. Today everyone talks about biodiversity. Here at Zoo-Aquarium you can experience it.
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“Small, expensive and old-fashioned”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Berliners might like this place as it is a historical one - crocodiles were displayed here 100 years ago, and at that time, it was the first walk-through in the world, it offers very limited interest for visitors.
Only the ground floor is an aquarium. Two thirds are fresh water fishes, and there are therefore surprisingly few corals. Nice exhibit of jellyfish, on the other hand. The shark tank is extremely modest with the four most usual sharks only (nurse, black tip, guitare and a single small hammerhead).
The whole place was probably nice in the 70s, but is simply not up to par with other aquariums (I have visited more than 50 worldwide). For 13 euros, it is a rip off !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Cool little aquarium with a great variety. It has a unique filtration system that is the only one of its kind. See it along with a zoo visit for a discounted price.

Visited January 2013
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“One of the best in the world...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Amazing bio tanks and collection of fish from around the world. Could have spent all day here but had limited time!
Also the reptile, amphibian and insect displays were excellent.
Thoroughly recommend...a definite must see!!!!

Visited October 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Berlin Aquarium – Pleasant surprise/highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

In Berlin on a cold, damp December day, we decided to visit the Berlin Aquarium. Located close to the Berlin Zoo, it is housed in a bland, somewhat smallish building [note: this perception may be due to the extensive street construction that bumps up against the building and obscures the true aquarium exterior] that had us questioning our decision at first, but the unexceptional exterior hid an exceptional series of carefully laid-out displays covering several floors. The bonuses were different floors dedicated to reptiles / amphibians and insects. Basic admission fee is 13 Euros (about $17 USD) but there are various discounts available and combination tickets that allow for zoo/aquarium visits. If you have the time, the aquarium offers an excellent adventure and is highly recommended as one of the best of its kind.

The ‘water’ floor is laid out in a series of tunnels and switchbacks, wide and clearly lit with the displays set far enough apart that there were few crowd-crushes or road blocks. The exhibits guaranteed to draw a lot of people were strategically placed at locations that allowed viewing from several sides to minimize crowding. There are over 200 discreet fish tanks and the actual displays were clean and well-lit, making photo-taking easy. That was especially appreciated when viewing the jellyfish and seahorses. A highlight is the pink jellyfish column at the end of the journey. The shark tank is a delightful mixture of fish and display, reasonably replicating a sliver of the ocean with various rocks and water plants.

The second floor housed the reptile display; part of the fun is uncovering some of the smaller displays amidst the colorful foliage of the display.

The third floor was dedicated to insects. There are well over 1000 insects on display, including tarantulas and scorpions, bees, ants, and butterflies.

Non-flash photography is allowed.

Some notes: the cafeteria is smallish and offers an extremely limited menu. To counter that, there are dozens of fast food eateries right across the street (as well as regular sit down restaurants). Restrooms are located on ground floor only. The gift store is small and limited. At the time of our visit in Dec 12, there was extensive construction on the walk leading to the entrance (including some single-file, muddy spots) so we found it easier to cross the street.
Both zoo and aquarium are easily reached by Berlin’s extensive mass transit system; terminus point is in front of the zoo for many of the buses, leaving about half mile walk to the aquarium from the drop off point. Another note: drop off is in front of the McDonald; pick up is on the other side of the transport square.

The Berlin Aquarium is a wonderful surprise, well managed and fully accessible; a big plus was the feeling throughout that the curators cared about the animals and not the bottom line. We will certainly return next time we are in Berlin.

Visited December 2012
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“Great city aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

My boyfriend and I went to the aquarium after visiting the zoo - we got a combi ticket for €20 which gave us access to both attractions.

We spent about 1 -2 hours, wandering round the aquarium. The ground floor is the aquarium, next floor is the reptile floor and above that is the amphibian and insect floor. A really nice aquarium - lots of variety!

Visited December 2012
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