Why Berlin is in Love with Bears

A while ago I wrote about all the wild animals in the city of Berlin . Foxes, rabbits, boars: Berlin has quite an impressive wildlife. But I forgot to mention one of Berlin’s most important inhabitants: the bear. Even though you don’t have to be afraid of bumping into a grizzly bear on Karl-Marx-Allee, it is impossible to take a trip to Germany’s capital without spotting a bear or two. Let me introduce you to Berlin’s best bears and tell you a little more about Berlin’s love for these furry animals.

So first of all: why bears? Why not foxes or rabbits, animals that actually live in Berlin? The easy explanation: because there’s a bear in Berlin’s coat of arms. But this raises the question once more: why a bear? The truth is that nobody knows. The more research is done, the more confusion arises. It could be that the Berliners chose a bear to honour Albrecht I, nicknamed ‘the Bear’, who according to legend fortified Berlin in the 12th century. It could also be because Berlin pretty much sounds like Bearlin.

Whatever the reason: Berlin is the city of bears now. But where to spot the best bears?

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