The sprawling metropolis of Berlin has an amazing number of parks and wild spaces, which add colour to the concrete city and enhance the lives of many of its inhabitants. A surprising amount of wildlife, such as wild pigs and birds, can also be found there. Here are some of Berlin’s best green spaces.
Called ‘Animal Park’, this enormous expanse of land in the middle of the city is a maze of green things, and contains Berlin’s zoo. Skip the zoo and explore the endless beautiful flower gardens, or sit by the stream or under the magnificent trees that are a visual delight in spring and autumn. Revered as Berlin’s most beautiful urban park, it was part of West Berlin before German reunification.
Treptower Park becomes Berlin’s playground in the summertime, and is filled with friends hanging out in the park, soaking up the sunbeams, enjoying a picnic and cold beer. Nothing quite beats it. The park is located in Alt-Treptow, in the district of Treptow-Köpenick, just south of central Berlin. Set alongside the river Spree, on long summer days it is transformed into a festive utopia with hundreds of bodies enjoying the sunshine, the comfort of the shady trees, the water and the neighbouring forests.
Gärten der Welt
If you’re looking for significant flora and a calming atmosphere, a visit to the Gardens of the World is totally worth the small entrance fee. There are restaurants and other facilities, so it’s possible to spend a long time here. Located in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, one of the greenest areas of Berlin, Gärten der Welt features spectacular garden art and themed gardens devoted to Asia, Europe and the Orient. The former Marzahn Recreational Park was inaugurated in 1987, when the city was still divided, for the 750th anniversary of Berlin. In 2000, the Garden of the Reclaimed Moon was added, becoming the largest largest Chinese garden in the country and a symbol of reunification.
Among the busy streets of Neukölln is the beautiful Körnerpark, complete with stately fountains, flower gardens and an art gallery. The Neo-Baroque gardens are regal in design, resembling a palace garden, and provide an ideal escape from the city. Technically, visitors are not allowed on the grass, but it’s never really stopped anyone from enjoying a day lazing on the well-manicured lawn.
Berlin boasts one of the most beautiful and significant Botanical Gardens in the world. This special wonderland is home to around 22,000 different species from around the globe. Altogether there are 15 impressive glass houses, located on the eastern edge of the park. The tropical greenhouse, finished in 1907, is one of the largest ever created and an impressive example of 19th-century glass and steel architecture.
This little green space in Kreuzberg is home to Berlin’s only waterfall. It’s a favourite with locals, who love to come and bare their bodies in the summer sun, and because it is set on a hill, the park also offers great views over the city. Look out for the falcons and other birds in the treetops, as well as Tai Chi and frisbee enthusiasts on the grass.