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Parks of Berlin: What We Do in Summer

Updated: Jan 21, 2023


A photo of Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin

If you're looking for a breath of fresh air in the city, you'll love Berlin's many green spaces. From sprawling parks to quiet gardens, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy nature in the heart of the city. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in Berlin!


Tiergarten


The Tiergarten was originally the royal hunting grounds outside of the walls of Berlin, but during the reign of Fredrick the Great in 1742 was transformed into a park closer to what we know today. Whether deep in snow or during the heat of the summer, the Tiergarten offers a wonderful array of beautiful sights contrasting the larger roads and busy districts surrounding it. Be sure to check out the beer garden at the Neuer See in the warmer months!


Treptower Park


Nesteled just outside of S-Bahn Station Treptower Park and the river Spree, Treptower Park has history, beer gardens, promenades, and silent green spaces. My highlights are the Zenner beer garden and Insel der Jugend (“Island of Youth”). Enjoy a refreshing drink, rent a paddle boat, and grab lunch, then be sure to check out the neighboring Soviet War Memorial for a massive surprise!



Park am Gleisdreieck


Planned since the 70s though not truly undertaken until 2008, Gleisdreieck Park is a smartly designed modern park in what used to be a winding route of rails and warehouses. The park stretches north to south and has two distinct parts, in fact West and East. The eastern portion has neat cut spaces, playgrounds, a skate park, rail lines - though long out of use - and even a windmill! The western portion has a busy clearing with a U-Bahn bridge extending over it as well as cafes and a beer garden/micro brewery called BRLO.



Tempelhof Park


Sick of history and want a real taste of the city? Grab a bike and a drink and head over to Tempelhof Park for at least a few hours. Once an airport expanded by the Nazi Regime, it was decommissioned in 2008. During the interim time in which it would be decided what to do with the space,a wonderful idea came about: open it up to everyone and turn it into a park!


The results today are grill parties, sun bathing, joggers, meditation, yoga, a beer garden, a kind of guerilla gardens, kite surfing, exhibitions, concerts, refugee homes, bike cafes, sheep grazing, bird sanctuaries, bike repair shops, a skate park…nothing quite brings a smile to a Berliners face like a sunny day at Tempelhof.


With over 2000 parks in Berlin, there are plenty more to discuss, but not here!


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