Here is a list of our favorite parks in Berlin to enjoy the Summertime. We, from Fotostrasse, are very proud of our city’s green spaces— big or small — which number more than 2,500! And every one of them has something unique to offer, don’t limit yourself to this list. Here I’m gonna start with just 13 of the most interesting parks in Berlin in Fotostrasse‘s opinion. Some of the names are probably familiar to you, but since we are talking about Fotostrasse, of course there will be surprises.
A Visit to Tempelhofer Park
I don’t think I can ever get tired to include Tempelhof on my lists. It’s my favorite park by far. It’s so big and open, it used to be an airport, it has some old planes around, there’s huge BBQs areas, I can bring my Bike or my inline skates and have a great time. Well, in my list, Tempelhof has a lot to offer and it will always be on my lists. You can read more about this park here and here.
Volkspark Hasenheide has one of the most adorable tierparks in the area. I’m not really a big fan of locking animals in cages but they all look healthy and happy. Haven’t decide if I love or not yet.
Besides that, Hasenheide has a huge FKK area for all of you who like to feel free from times to times, has hills, a amusement park, Südstern Brauhaus has a back door and during summer, you can drink your beer and enjoy the nature. Simply amazing!
Pfaueninsel isn’t just one of the parks in Berlin
If you’re a hopeless romantic, this is the park for you! Pfaueninsel, that can be translated into Peacock Island, is located in the middle of the River Havel and this island has it all: woodlands, a castle, rose garden and plenty of peacocks to complete the romantic mood.
November till February: Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm
March and October: Mon – Sun: 9am – 6pm
April and September: Mon – Sun: 9am – 7pm
Mai and August: Mo – So: 8am – 9pm
Curious Fact: The grass smoked in Görlitzer Park is far more popular than the grass growing in it! LOL, I think this is a fair introduction of what “Görli” is, right? Well, but let’s talk about history for a second here, shall we?
Görlitzer Bahnhof was a splendid example of mid-19th-century Italian Renaissance architecture once, a beautiful Bahnhof that served as the Berlin terminus for rail passengers traveling between Cottbus and Görlitz. Today, we only have the site and maybe some ruins of what it was. And like most things in Berlin, what is destroy or not used anymore, they convert into a park (best part of Berlin!).
Right now, specially during the Summer months, Görli is full of youngsters playing soccer, dancing, smoking pot, doing BBQs, having fun, playing music, walking their dog… It’s a fantastic multicultural experience. My only advice here is: watch where you walk. Since there’s so many dogs, a fair amount of rude and careless dog owners do not clean after their animals.
The Britzer Garden is a Berliner park for families and was created for the National Horticultural Show in 1985. This amazing green space draws widespread praise for its exceptional maintenance standards. In addition to the numerous fields of flowers during summer and spring, a range of family activities is offered. The 90-hectare park with 10 hectares of lakes offers concerts, garden art, major events with fireworks, gastronomy, sports and health facilities, animals and a museum railway – but above all: indescribable beauty and unspoilt nature. The Britzer Garden is definitely one of the most breathtaking parks in Germany!
Friedrichshain park has been a popular retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life for over 160 years now. It is oldest municipal park in entire Berlin. And between the grill experts, the trendy hipsters and the sun-worshipers, you can find Mont Klamott, 2 high green “bunker” mountains. From the top of the highest one, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Berlin’s landscape.
My favorite spot over there is definitely the Märchenbrunnen.
Gärten der Welt im Erholungspark Marzahn
The whole world in one garden: Japan and Korea, the gardens of the Orient, Bali and China, England in the form of a maze and France as a labyrinth and of the Italian Renaissance. All in one place! Erholungspark Marzahn is one of those places that you see on map and think “really? that far?” and if you did that, I can only say to you “I understand you! I would never choose to go to a place that far if it wasn’t worth it! And I want to GO BACK! It’s wonderful inside!”
This park is probably the most extensive collection of international show gardens in the world – planned and laid out by artists, architects,and artisans from the respective countries and regions.
The Erholungspark Marzahn is open year round from 9:00 AM until dark, but the Oriental, Japanese, and Korean gardens are open only from April 1st to September 30th. The Chinese and Balinese Gardens are open from 9:00 AM until their ticket offices close between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM depending on the time of year.
The top of Viktoriapark, like I said here, is one of the most amazing panoramic views of Berlin. It’s free, it’s in a park, there is a waterfall, you can find cute goats and ducks in this park, it’s in the heart of Kreuzberg and there’s amazing food around. Whats not to like?
“Wait.. you said waterfall?”
Yes!!! The 24 meter high waterfall, which is located on the axis of Großbeerenstraß, is a mini replica of the Wodospad Podgórnej waterfall (now found in Poland), which was formerly a popular tourist destination of wealthy Berliners.
And, if you allow me, may I add that here is the Berg (In English:mountain) in KreuzBERG? Awesome, right?
Do you want relax, have a picnic and drink a beer while you stare at the Berliner Dom and the other wonders of Berlin’s museum island? Lustgarten, that is literally the Garden of Pleasure, will be the perfect fit for you. The biggest attraction at the Lustgarten is the granite bowl. It was considered as being a wonder of the Biedermeier era and was one of the main attractions in 19th century royal Berlin.
Freizeitpark Tegel & Tegeler See
At the very end of U6, you can find Tegeler See. It is situated in the north of Berlin and with a surface area of 4.6 square-kilometres, is Berlin’s second largest lake—and one of the most beautiful. You can even find a Schloss on this park! And the oldest tree in Berlin, Dickie Marie. You can read all about it here.
At the Berlin-Brandenburg Model Park you can see Berlin’s most famous landmarks in 1:25 scale. Cool as hell, huh? Go there and just walk through the miniature city, study the details of its architectural monuments or simply soak up the experience of seeing the city of Berlin on such a small scale. After all, it’s hard to see all of a city as big as Berlin.
The Treptower Park, the 3rd largest park in Berlin, is from 1876. The park offers biergartens and, since it is by the water, boat facilities. Archenhold Observatory was one of the parks buildings, and in 1909 it became what it is today: Germany’s largest observatory and where Albert Einstein presented his first lecture on the theory of relativity in 1915!!! Cool, huh? Besides this, Treptower Park has a huge soviet memorial inside, you can read more here.
Schloss Charlottenburg is by far the largest palace in Berlin and it’s the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to the time of the Hohenzollern family. This colourful residence offers a superb stage, on to which the beautiful baroque garden unfolds. This spot is perfect in season or weather for admiring the wonderful view, relaxing or just to play a game.
Summer time is easy Berlin’s nicest place for a picnic with your loved one or with friends. And when it snows in winter, you can go sleigh-riding on the Trummerberg hill at the back of the park.
The fountain, carp pond, the flower beds , the solid stock of ancient trees – all these make up the more classic and traditional part of this park.
What it used to be a “death strip” now became a zone of life. MauerPark, which literally means Wall Park, dates back to the Berlin Wall (1961), that used to devide Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding. Because of relatively few green spaces in densely populated Prenzlauer Berg, Mauerpark has developed into a hip and popular place of recreation after German reunification.
Now that you know all about our favorite Berlin parks, what are your favorite ones?