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Parks and Gardens in Berlin

To balance the quick pace of life in the city, Berlin is home to a large number of parks and gardens.    The best known park in the German capital, Tiergarten, is located in the very centre of the city, right next to the central railway station. It's particularly popular both with Berliners and visitors because it offers a lot of attractions such as the zoo, sports facilities and greens ideal for picnicking. If you'd like to combine a visit to a park with going sightseeing, go to Schlosspark Charlottenburg, in which besides beautiful nature you'll find the famous 17th-century Baroque palace complex, a greenhouse and a tea house. When you stroll through the city, you often come across green areas, check out what they offer or at least sit on a bench and rest in the peaceful surroundings – it's worth it!


 
Zoologische Garten Berlin
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The Berlin Zoo, being Germany’s first zoo and also the 9th oldest in Europe, is also one of the most visited sights in the German capital and one of Germany’s largest zoos, with 35 hectares of land. It’s situated in the heart of the capital, in the neighbourhood of Tiergarten Park (Zoo) nowadays, but initially it was a bit outside the city, in fact outside of the city walls. Because of its inappropriate location, the Berlin Zoo didn’t develop very fast in its first years of existence, but is currently the world’s richest zoo in matters of species quantity with its more than 14,000 animals of 1,500 species. Those animals range from savannah antelopes to sea creatures housed in the huge aquarium. The Berlin Zoo also plays the role of breeder for many rare and endangered species.
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Mauerpark
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Mauerpark (Wall Park) is a very characteristic, historic place for the Germans because it carries the name of the Berlin Wall that separated their country for three decades. In the 19th Century the land where Mauerpark is situated nowadays was used as a training place for the troops. Later, at the end of the same century, an important railway station was built on the spot with some of the elements such as the Gleimtunnel (an understreet passage) is still to be distinguished. In 1961, part of the Wall crossed the station dividing both the space and the country into a western and an eastern side. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Wall, the concept of turning the spot into a green space commemorating those sorrowful over 30 years arose. Aside from the fact that many people already used the land for camping, in 1993 the new park designed by Prof. Gustav Lange was inaugurated. As a result today Mauerpark offers wonderful green lawns for lying, sports and picnicking and as well long walking alleys, plus an amphitheatre giving a magnificent vista over Berlin.
 
Treptower Volkspark
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Being one of Berlin’s largest parks with its more than 88 hectares Treptower Volkspark (Treptow (People’s Park) is situated on the premises of the borough of Germany’s capital city bearing the same name. The vast green areas are traditionally used by Berlin citizens as a camping place but with their transformation into a people’s park (Volkspark) in 1876, which included elongation of the alleys and clearance of some of the thickets to ensure changing views, provided more comfort to the whole facility. The Karpfenteich (Carps’ pond) is the hot spot of the park’s design and the Spree bank blooms with the colours of the different theme gardens that reflect the spirit of the middle 20th Century in Germany. Treptower Park features many pastime attractions apart from a peaceful walk or lying on the grass under the sun. Those facilities include the former playground surrounded by terraced meadows where after the World War II, a monument commemorating the fallen Russian soldiers was founded. Moreover, visitors can enjoy the comfort of the many cafes and restaurants that can be found in Treptower Volkspark
 
Kleiner Tiergarten
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Kleiner Tiergarten (Small Animal Garden) is to be found in the heart of Berlin, the Large Animal Garden. The idea came from Elector Prince Friedrich Wilhelm I, who wanted to create better living conditions for the citizens of the growing city many of whose former hunting areas were at this time already populated. Being the younger brother of Grosser Tiergarten, the new garden soon got the name Back or Small Animal Garden. The park has been replanted several times after its creation- at the end of 18th, 19th and the middle of 20th Centuries as the last replanting was needed after the devastations of World War II. Kleiner Tiergarten attracts most of all with its peace and quiet in the middle of the bustling city life. The evangelistic church Hailandskirche adds even more to this relaxing atmosphere and it also provides an excellent view over the facility from its top. Moreover, the older church St Johannis and the adjacent graveyard also give a somehow pensive mood to the whole amenity. The visitors who like spring waters and fountains will find a lovely spring fountain on the Kleiner Tiergarten’s premises.
 
Pankower Buergerpark
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Pankow is a borough in northeastern Berlin and has several wonderful green spaces worth visiting, but the Buergerpark (City Park) is by far the largest, and has a lot to offer. Not only lovely greenery is to be discovered there, but also magnificent examples of architecture and art, such as the entrance gate and several pavilions, one of which is in Indian-style. Moreover, concerts and various exhibitions are held in the park to further entertain visitors. Also, the Buergerpark Pankow presents wonderful opportunities for picnicking, strolling around, or just having a relaxing time under the shade of its 150-year-old trees. The cafe-restaurant in the park provides even more cosiness to the facility. Although not equipped with a castle like many of Berlin’s other parks and much younger, Buergerpark Pankow has enough history behind it and certainly a lot to raise one’s interest.
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Rudolph-Wilde Park
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Situated at the border of the Schoeneberg borough of Berlin, the 7-hectare-large park Rudolph-Wilde begins near the Rathaus (City Council) of the district and forms one park complex with the nearby Wilmersdorfer Volkspark. The namesake of the park is the first mayor of the district Rudolph Wilde who commissioned the construction of the Rathaus and the adjacent park at the beginning of the 20th Century. The land belongs to the ancient ice-age valleys and was never suitable for building works, so it was planned to be a green space ever since the city plans of Schoenberg were first being conceived. After a series of contests in 1906, the garden architect Otto Krueper was finally chosen to shape the new green area but the plan of the landscape development was a combination of more than one concept. A considerably large moor had to be drained and filled with sand and at the same time the process had to be coordinated with the construction of the underground. Nowadays, Rudolph-Wilde Park offers a wonderful variety of views and ways of spending one’s free time: jogging along the alleys, doing other kinds of sports on the playgrounds that blend in in the greenery so that the harmony with nature is not lost, or have a nice time lying on the meadows. There is also a beautiful fountain with a golden deer on top – one of the biggest attractions of the park. The Karl Zuckmayer Bridge stretches over the water mirror of the Ententeich (Ducks’ pool) as a monument of architectural art. Cafes and other attractions are also to be found on Rudolf Wilde Park’s premises.
 
Lustgarten
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Although quite small in size (just 2 hectares) the Lustgarten (Pleasure garden) has a rich historical background and a still attractive appearance for the modern visitor. Situated in the heart of the great city of Berlin it provides room for refreshment after a long walk. It also neighbours some of Germany’s most renowned cultural and historical sights such as the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and the former Berlin City Palace, as well as The Old Museum building. With its location just in the centre of the German capital, on the Museum Island, one cannot say Lustgarten is a quiet place for rest but it certainly has its own charm and is really a pleasant place to visit, especially if you need some leisure time.
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Marzahn
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Price: 2 - 3 EUR  
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Erholungspark Marzahn (Recreation Park Marzahn) is situated in the Berlin district Marzahn-Hellersdoerf from where it actually got its name. The 21-hectare-large park lies just at the foot of Kienberg (Kien mountain) and borders the natural reserve Wuhletal. Marzahn recreation park charms with its variety of colours, plant species and most of all with its theme gardens 'Gardens of the world'. The division of the park into different theme sections gives the strolling visitor the impression that they are jumping from one country to another, like ona journey around the world. This wonderful journey in space brings more and more people to the Erholungspark Marzahn every year since it was opened in 1987. The park is nowadays a part of the German better-image campaign 'Germany – a land of ideas' which includes 365 sights.
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