The lush green neighbourhood known as Tiergarten largely slips under the radar, as it’s commonly confused with THE Tiergarten – the large expanse of parklands in the district’s centre. More than half of the neighbourhood is taken up by the Tiergarten itself but this in no way diminishes district 10557’s appeal. Tiergarten is home to some of the city’s most beautiful outdoor treasures, best cultural institutions and more than a dozen foreign embassies (all housed in impressive historic and modern edifices). In February it is also home to the Berlinale precinct, in the cultural area behind Potsdamer Platz train station. Tiergarten shares its borders with Charlottenburg to the west, Hansaviertel and the River Spree to the north, Schöneberg to the south and Mitte along its eastern edge.
Tiergarten’s southern border runs quite close to the hotel – running in front of Zoologischer Station at Hardenberg Platz, right around the Zoo and the Aquarium and along Kurfürstenstrasse to the western edge of Gleisdrieck Park. It then heads north towards Potsdamer Platz, right past the Brandenburg Gate along the Tiergarten’s eastern border and swings west when it reaches the River Spree to encompass the Reichstag, the Chancellor’s precinct, the House of World Cultures, Bellevue Castle and the Victory Column as well as of course – all of the Tiergarten’s acreage and it’s glories held within.
The Tiergarten itself was originally the King’s hunting ground during Prussian times and the long and wide boulevard that is Straße des 17 Juni evokes romantic notions of carriage rides towards the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. The parklands are astonishing in their size and diversity, with woodlands, lakes, bridges, statues, memorials, picnic areas, bike paths and a huge population of animals, from squirrels and birds to fish and foxes as well as all those confined to the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium, also on site. There are even a few beer gardens, cafes and restaurants and one of the city’s most famous and oldest flea markets is held on the park’s northern edge every weekend.
In the neighbourhood itself, there are plenty of interesting streets to wander through. Take in the grand embassy buildings or get some culture at any one of the galleries or museums. Tiergarten’s postcode is featured in the addresses of no less than the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Gemäldegalerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the German Film & Television Museum and the Kulturforum. Also not to be missed are some of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions including the Victory Column and the Reichstag.