I’d never been to the Berliner Zoo Aquarium and I kept thinking about those Hollywood movie scenes, where they (most likely a romantic couple) meet in the dark front of the huge glass windows and watch dolphins make love to the new Björk Album or something. They’ll sit on a bench and hesitantly touch fingers, then she will put her head on his shoulders, and together they metaphorically dive into the world undersea, and all of that symbolizes the journey of their new love. It’s not unrealistic. When I visited the impressive aquarium in Valencia, I had some of that feeling, albeit being alone (</3).
The one in Berlin? Turned out to be an exercise of dodging middle schoolers and being disappointed, because the shark tank was under construction. Where did they put the sharks in the meantime? I will never know.
For purely educational reasons, it was quite interesting to see the fish and the reptiles and all of the different little stuff that I like to call “seafood”. Apparently it used to have the largest crocodile thingie, and then the bombs dropped in WWII so they never did that again. To tell you the truth: if you’ve ever been into a really cool Aquarium, a visit to the Berlin version isn’t necessary. In fact, it feels like visiting a dead museum, except the fishies seem alive and well (mostly).
However, while a visit to the Aquarium isn’t on my priority list ever at all, I’ve actually seen worse: The AquaDom & SeaLife. When I moved to Berlin, I was sold entrance tickets with my BVG pass, and it was literally the most disappointing thing ever. There are no real animals – they are made of plastic! Seriously WHAT THE FUCK WHO NEEDS THAT SHIT. So heed my advice: never, NEVER visit the AquaDom & SeaLife! EVER! You’ll seriously feel like you’ve been robbed of your dignity.
If you’re a hilarious person (like me), you’ll find joy in everything. But if you’re looking to space out in a cozy, fishy underwater environment which is narrated by David Attenborough, please go back to your Netflix account. It’s cheaper to watch all of the BBC Planet Water episodes than a trip to the Aquarium, anyway.