It was quite a surprise for us when we discovered that Marzahn-Hellersdorf is one of greenest areas of Berlin. And it was a even bigger surprise when we found out about the Garten der Welt with theme gardens from the Orient, Asia and Europe.
Garten der Welt History
Marzahn Recreational Park, the Erholungspark Marzahn in german, is the original name from the park that opened to the public in 1987, when Berlin was still split in half. The park was conceived as part of the 750th Anniversary of Berlin and, in 1991, it started being shaped into what the park is today.
The first theme garden only came to be a few years later. In 2000, the Garden of the Reclaimed Moon was added to the park and it stands as the largest Chinese garden in Germany. It symbolizes the reunification of Berlin, since the moon is the ancient Chinese symbol for harmony and world unity.
After the Chinese garden, little by little, the Gardens of the World started to shape up. Nowadays, there is a Japanese, a Balinese, a Oriental, a Korean, an Italian Renaissance and even a Christian garden. There are also a maze and the Karl Forster garden with it year round plants and flowers.
From all the gardens we saw there, our favorites were easy to spot and you can guess from the pictures here. The Oriental Garden, also known as the Garden of the Four Rivers, is beautiful with its fonts and moroccan inspired structures. The other garden we loved is the Christian one but we called it Typography Garden since we were under this walkway of metal shaped letters. It is beautiful.
But, the Garden der Welt is not only the theme gardens. The park is spread around 21 acres in Marzahn-Hellersdorf and it is one of the biggest green spaces of the city.
If you don’t care about walking and enjoying your time in a park, you can go to the Gardens of the World with something else in mind: food. You can even try the traditional tea ceremony that happens at the Chinese teahouse. Something most people don’t imagine doing in Berlin.
Since the Internationale Gartenausstellung 2017 will happen at the Garten der Welt in a few years, there are new gardens being built. Currently, the English style garden is under construction but there are lots of plans for the 100 hectares area around the park. We are looking forward to see how beautiful the park will become for the 170 days of the garden festival.
But, the Garten der Welt has a few more secrets for you. If you are into Cosplay, this park is the place for you. While we were there at the Cherry Blossom Festival, we were amazed by the number of cosplayers and the crazy costumes they had. You can see some of the pictures that Marcela took below.
You can reach the Garten der Welt by bus at Eisenacher Straße 99 in Marzahn. Even though the park is far away from the city center, it is not complicated at all to find the place. So, don’t be afraid to stay on the bus for a while, you will find the park easily. Ah, we can’t forget to mention that a day ticket for the park is €4 and it opens at 9 in the morning, every day.