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The Goats Of Ziegenhof: A Berlin Photo Essay

Picture of Lily Cichanowicz
Updated: 16 August 2016
Berlin’s westernmost neighborhood of Charlottenburg, where the iconic Kurfürstendamm and the Schloss Charlottenburg are located, is also home to some hidden gems, too. One such diamond in the rough is the animal lover’s haven: Ziegenhof. With its peaceful surroundings and lush canopy of trees, this place is as pleasant as any green space in the city. Yet, one thing makes it more remarkable than the rest: it’s filled with goats!

The goats are friendly and serve as a complementary attraction to a playground and community farm. The goats have their own enclosure modeled after an alpine chalet. The family of goats are used to little ones, making it a popular hangout for families with young children.

Ziegenhof itself is the converted yard of an old building, which has since been cultivated into a lush area that yields food crops and serves as home to chickens and geese in addition to the celebrated goats. The local community took control of the vacant yard in the 1980s in protest against plans to develop it. Since then, it has been a community-run initiative, and the place is entirely run by local volunteers. Each weekend there are group events geared toward tending to the space, and visitors are always welcome even if it’s simply to pet the goats.

While those living in the neighborhood are the ones who most commonly cherish this park, it also draws visitors hailing from around the city and beyond. Admission is free and the park is open daily, so there’s really no reason to stay a stranger to it for long.