Berlin's nicest parks
Berlin might be Germany’s largest city, but one thing that makes it so unique is the countless green spaces that characterize the metropolis. While city-dwellers enjoy the fast-paced urban lifestyle, many in Berlin lead a slower pace life in apartments close to nature. Whichever district you find yourself in, there is sure to be a beautiful park in the vicinity. Read on to discover the hippest as well as the lesser known, but equally rewarding parks in all directions of Berlin's city centre.
PARKS IN WEST BERLIN
Berlin’s famous Tiergarten is located in the district of the same name between the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Zoo. Before Elector Friedrich III had it redesigned as a "pleasure park" for the general public, it served as a hunting ground. Today it is undoubtedly one of the most popular places in the capital to simply get away from asphalt and concrete.
Charlottenburg Palace Garden
If you appreciate a well-tended garden, you’ll get your money's worth in the Schlossgarten Charlottenburg park in Berlin. Ever since the Electress Sophie Charlotte commissioned the French landscaper Siméon Godeau to design it from 1695, it has stood in the very highest order of garden art. Visitors are free to decide whether to pay an entrance fee for the almost sovereign walk through the sea of flowers.
Otherwise a rather unspectacular park, Preussenpark is worth a visit simply for the unique culinary experience. Under the colourful umbrellas on the sunbathing lawn, visitors can expect delicacies of freshly prepared Thai cuisine. The fact that the food market, also known as the Thai Park, has long since ceased to be an insider tip in no way diminishes the attraction of an East Asia trip in the middle of the district of Wilmersdorf.
Park at the Gleisdreieck
Located in the districts of Kreuzberg and Schöneberg, the Park am Gleisdreieck is a relatively new addition to the area and was created with the help of a citizens' initiative. Divided into East, West and Bottleneck Park, the park offers a green backdrop in the middle of an urban environment.
Named after the first mayor of the then independent town of Schöneberg, Rudolph-Wilde-Park winds its way through the district and offers space for walkers, athletes and picnickers alike. The Carl-Zuckmayer-Bridge with the subway station Rathaus Schöneberg below divides the park into two sections.
In 1980, the Victoriapark was the first green space in Berlin to be completely classified as a historical monument. It surrounds Kreuzberg and features the highest natural elevation in Berlin. Whether for sledding in winter or for a perfect view of the sunset in summer: a visit here is recommended in all seasons.
PARKS IN NORTH BERLIN
Construction work on the Humboldthain People's Park, located in the Gesundbrunnen district, began on 14 September 1869, the 100th birthday of its namesake Alexander von Humboldt. Not only is the park a popular place for local recreation, but also one of the best viewpoints in the capital to enjoy a picturesque sunset on the former flak tower.
The Volkspark Rehberge, designed between 1922 and 1929, includes a sports facility, an open-air stage and a game reserve. If the sunbathing on the sprawling lawn gets too hot, the adjacent Plötzensee provides refreshment for swimmers and water sport enthusiasts. Thus, the relaxing greenery and the cool water form an oasis for which Wedding can count itself lucky.
With only around twelve hectares, Bürgerpark Pankow is not one of the largest, but certainly one of the most worth seeing parks in Berlin. Situated directly on the Panke, the majestic entrance gate conceals numerous sculptures and a great variety of plants. Further amenities such as a large playground make the park attractive for families.
PARKS IN EAST BERLIN
Every Berliner must have been to Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg at least once. It's not particularly green anymore, but between the famous flea market and the graffiti-decorated section of the Berlin Wall there is a unique atmosphere. Throwing frisbees, playing basketball or listening to street musicians: There's always something going on here.
The Volkspark Friedrichshain, located between the districts of Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, was created in 1846 and is the oldest municipal park in Berlin. Today you can enjoy the large green spaces between the "Spanienkämpfer" and the former SEZ, keep fit on the numerous sports fields or attend open-air film screenings in Berlin's largest open-air cinema.
Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg
The Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg in the south of the district of the same name is rarely on the radar. However, the two peaks, which were created from a rubble dump piled up after the Second World War, offer a rare view over the east of the capital - and in winter makes for the perfect toboggan run.
Be it the banks of the Spree, the observatory, or the overwhelming size of the Soviet Memorial: there is a lot to see and do in Treptower Park. It was originally laid out between 1876 and 1888 according to plans by the municipal garden director Gustav Meyer. While the latter unfortunately did not live to see its completion, the Alt-Treptow district is now enjoying one of the most beautiful green corners of the city.
PARKS IN SOUTH BERLIN
Since 2010, the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport has been open to the public as a park. You won't find much nature here, but you will find a unique scenery: Today, the runways are mainly used for skating and the wide meadows for flying kites. Not only the neighbouring districts of Tempelhof and Neukölln, but also the rest of Berlin enjoy this great piece of freedom.
The Körnerpark is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parks in Berlin, which was honored in 2004 with the Berlin monument plaque. It was built in a gravel pit, which the former owner and namesake of the park, Franz Körner, donated to the city of Rixdorf. Today the park adds another facet to the trendy district of Neukölln.
The Britzer Garten was laid out as a landscape park in the district of Britz on the occasion of the 1985 Federal Horticultural Show. A trip to the southern edge of Berlin is worthwhile for the lovingly designed flower beds as well as for the lake in the centre of the park. And if thirst or appetite are troubling you while walking, you can take advantage of the diverse gastronomic offers.
These are just a small number of the many wonderful parks in Berlin. From tiny green plots to sprawling forests, Germany's capital is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Have fun exploring!