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The Berlin Zoologischer Garten train station, also known as Bahnhof Zoo, is an important station located in the Charlottenberg district at Hardenbergplatz. Its name derives from its close proximity to the Berlin Zoo. It serves as a significant transit and transfer station, making it an ideal location to explore the City-West. By staying at the hotel DoubleTree by Hilton on Los Angeles Platz, you are making an excellent choice. Convinced? Then book your hotel in Charlottenburg here at the best price!
It was opened on February 7, 1882, together with the “Berlin Stadteisenbahn” or city railway. It had a 71-meter-long hall for local traffic, where suburban trains and through trains soon also stopped. Initially, it was located in the independent city of Charlottenburg, which became part of Berlin in 1920. In addition, the Zoologischer Garten subway station went into operation in 1902.
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After World War II
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FAQs – Questions?
Why is the station called Zoo?
It is named after the Zoological Garden, which is located just a few moments away from the station. This makes it an important destination for local recreation.
Is the film "Die Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" based on a true story?
Yes, the film is based on the story of the protagonist Christiane F., who shared her social and personal problems with the authors in audio recordings. The book was adapted into a film and depicts the drug scene at the station in the 1970s and 1980s, which was mainly characterized by heroin.
Is it safe today?
Yes, today it is very safe. Homeless people and drug addicts are rarely seen here anymore. Urban development projects and police operations are aimed at completing the extensive renovation of the station by 2027 at the latest.
Why are there two zoos in Berlin?
In addition to the Zoological Garden, the city also has the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. The latter was founded in 1955 to provide a zoo for the eastern sector in the divided city. The Zoological Garden, Germany's oldest and largest zoo, dates back to 1844.
Which trains stop here?
The S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7, S9, the U-Bahn lines U2 and U9, as well as buses M45, M46, M49, X9, X10, X34, 100, 109, 110, 200, 204, 245, 249, N2, N10, and N26 serve the station. Additionally, there is a parking garage at the station.
What sights are there in the vicinity?
There are plenty of shopping opportunities and attractions. Inside the train station building, you'll find some shops, but for an even wider selection, head to the Europa-Center and Bikini Berlin. The Kurfürstendamm and Kantstraße are also great shopping destinations. Don't miss visiting the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche and, of course, the Zoologischer Garten!