During my trip to Berlin, we bought a hop on hop off tour ticket for 2 days and with that came a book of discount to other attractions, including things like visiting the Berlin Cathedral and the Sea Life Berlin & AquaDom. Knowing that the AquaDom is the biggest cylindric aquarium in the world really caught our attention and, as we got a good discount, we were tempted to visit.
Sea Life Berlin & AquaDom
Sea Life Berlin isn’t a big aquarium, but if you are new to aquariums, and have never visited one before, just like me when I first visited the Sea Life, this will be a fun experience. Although, if you are used to big aquariums, you might be a bit little disappointed, since here you will find more common species of fishes. Despite the size, set aside at least one or two hours to visit the whole aquarium.
There are some interesting rooms where you can see shoals of fish swimming all around you, a tunnel with rays that will make you feel like you are completely submerged and other rooms imitating the natural habitats that are normally found in the European region, like the Wannsee lake or the Spree river. It has around 35 pools with more than 5,000 animals of different species, from jellyfishes, starfishes, lobsters, seahorses, etc. But bear in mind that this is not a Sea World, nor a Dubai Aquarium. Don’t expect to see big fishes and mammals. There are no sharks, nor whales.
The AquaDom is actually the name of the cylindric aquarium inside the Sea Life Berlin, which is the name of the aquarium company that operates in other major cities like Paris, London, and Orlando. The aquarium and the AquaDom are different attractions and it is possible to see the cylindric aquarium from the bottom, if you go to the restaurant under it, but to visit it from “inside” (taking the elevator up), you must buy the combined ticket in the Sea Life entrance and make all your way through the aquarium in order to be able to get to the AquaDom. There are no tickets for the AquaDom alone though. You can buy your tickets online to get a 30% discount
The size of the AquaDom itself is impressive. You can get an elevator to the top and enjoy the view from a tube inside the cylinder in your way up and down. There are 1.500 fishes from almost 100 different species inside the tank, but they are all from small species. Now, I know you might be imagining something like the scenes of Finding Nemo, with those fishes in the colour of the rainbow but, you can forget them now, the species in the AquaDom are in general, normal greyish ones, with exception of some yellow ones, that you will definitely recognize from Finding Nemo, if you were happy kids like me.
The sensation inside the tube is so nice, it gives such a peaceful feeling seeing all those fishes swimming around you totally carefree about the world, you feel like spending the whole day there but unfortunately, the way up and down is quite fast, because of course, just like you, there are many people down there waiting to enjoy their zen AquaDom trip that they paid for. The elevator has two floors and a good capacity, so you don’t need to wait in line for too long.
- It is a fun way through the aquarium, especially if it is your first time visiting an aquarium.
- A good option if you have your kids with you.
- AquaDom is the biggest cylindric aquarium in the world, it’s a nice iten to put on your list of things you did in life.
- Despite being a fast visit to AquaDom, it is not everywhere that you will have the chance to visited an aquarium from inside (or almost).
- It is relatively expensive if you don’t have the discount ticket.
- The aquarium itself is not big nor have any big species like sharks or whales.
- AquaDom doesn’t have a variety of fishes and it only includes, in general, small non colorful species.
- The elevator trip up and down very fast as well.
In my opinion, the AquaDom is an interesting attraction, but it is not the 8th wonder of the world. If you have a short stay in Berlin, or are an economic person, I would suggest you to save money and time for other attractions instead. But if you want to try something different, or is your first time visiting an aquarium, or even if you are traveling with kids, this would definitely be an option.
How to get there:
The Sea Life Berlin is located in the Spandauer Straße 3, 10178 Berlin. To get there, you can take the bus number 100, or the number 200. If you prefer the metro, you can take it to the Alexanderplatz station.
Disclaimer: I had no association with the tour features in this article whatsoever when writing this review. My opinions are my own.