Generations of Berliners have been to Körnerpark, enjoying themselves in this oasis of peace in the midst of a hectic Neukölln. People go there to play football, to run, walk, relax, picnic and we do it too. In 2016, this Neukölln hidden gem celebrates its 100th year birthday and we are here to show you all why you need to go there and sing happy birthday to it.
We found out about Körnerpark on the first few weeks after we moved to Neukölln, back in 2012. We saw a green rectangle on the map close to our house and decided it was time to go see what was that. On the very first visit, we fell in love with this large park that looks more like a palatial garden. It’s just beautiful.
But it wasn’t always like that. The park was built where a former gravel pit used to be. Back in 1910, its owner, Franz Körner, hand it over to the city of Rixdorf with the condition that the future park had to carry his name. It was an offer the city couldn’t refuse and this is how Körnerpark got its name.
The construction work took place between 1912 and 1916 in a Neo-baroque style. This was the chosen style because the idea was to surround the neighborhood with something special and adorned. This way, they expected the area to be developed with beautiful buildings that would match the park. This lasted until the Second World War when the park suffered with increased dilapidation and damage.
Since the park is located close to where Tempelhof is, nobody seemed to care enough about it to improve it after the war. Remember that Tempelhof was an American military base during German occupation. It was only in 1970 that Körnerpark was finally restored. In 1983, the orangery was reopened as a art gallery and in 2002 the fountains and canals were restored. And, because of all this work, in April 2004, Körnerpark was listed as a historical garden.
From afar, it’s impossible to see where Kornerpark is. But, when you get close to it, you can see that it looks like a large, almost palatial garden with a beautiful flower garden. It has fountains and small canals that surround the main green field in the middle of the park. Also, there is the orangery where you can find the Galeria am Körnerpark with a lot of cultural events happening every week.
You can find Körnerpark between Jonasstraße, Schierker Straße, Selkestraße and Wittmannsdorfer Straße in Neukölln.
Schierker Str. 8, 12051