Burgerpark Pankow: green park away from Berlin’s city centre
Burgerpark Pankow is quite a long walk from Berlin’s city centre, but it’s worth the trouble if you are looking for a lovely huge green park with large trees. At Burgerpark Pankow you almost feel as if you are not in Berlin anymore. It’s one of the most beautiful parks of Berlin. Big, old trees and some small hills. Don’t forget to check out the entrance gate, that was renovated in 2010.
Schlosspark: Guest house of Fidel Castro
The nearby Schlosspark in Pankow is also worth a visit. The park is beautiful and has a nice garden, that is definitely worth checking out. Even more interesting is the Schloss Schonhausen (palace). It was build in 1664, when this piece of land was still far away from the city center of Berlin. The wife of King Frederick II of Prussia lived here.
When the nazi’s ruled Berlin (1933-1945) it was in use as storage for entartete Kunst (degenerate art). After the war the Soviet army used it and not much later it was turned into a boarding school for Soviet students. After a few years the Russians gave the palace to the new East-German government. Wilhelm Pieck, the GDR president, lived her for a while. Ho Chi Min and Nikita Khrushchev stayed in the palace as his guests. When Pieck died the building was no longer used as the residence of the president, but became a guest house. When Fidel Castro and Indira Gandhi visited East-Berlin they stayed at the palace. Another important episode of the Schloss was after the Berlin Wall fell. Talks about the reunification of East- and West-Germany took place here.
Most interesting Berlin Parks
We have selected the best and most interesting Berlin parks for you, like fairy tale Volkspark Friedrichshain, DDR/GDR Treptower Park, Burgerpark Pankow, royal Tiergarten and Victoriapark, to name a few.
Volkspark Friedrichshain is a magical spot, and a perfect place for a fairytale walk. At the beginning of the park is a fairytale fountain (marchenbrunnen). Turtles spit out water, cats walk in boots and little girls feed concrete doves. The fairytales of the German brothers Grimm are beautifully depicted in stone here.
Treptower Park is the perfect spot for an East-German walk with a protest-flavor. In GDR-times Treptower Park already was a favorite place for walks. It is famous for it’s nice picnic spots in the summer&springtime. And in autumn people go here to walk their dog and smell the autumn leaves of all the trees that grow near the Spree. Swans glide through the river as people run by.
In Tiergarten you can walk in royal style. Just like the royal ladies, back in the days this park was created. In 1530 the German prince-electors created Tiergarten to hunt deer and boar. Frederic the Great was not that keen on hunting bambi’s, so he turned Tiergarten into a lush garden to loiter and look at other glamorous people.
Heinrich von Kleistpark in Schoneberg has a weird history. It used to be a mixture between a vegetable patch and glamorous garden for Kurfurst Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg, as well as a Botanical Garden. The grotesque statues and colonnades used to be found at Alexanderplatz and the Schlossplatz inMitte.
The great thing about Berlin is it’s never finished. You can stumble upon pieces of no man’s land that are turned into something new. A great example of this is the Park am Gleisdreieck. It’s the perfect urban spot to watch great raw graffiti, watch the hissing trains and metros passing by, play with your kids, drink a beer and take a sneaky peek at the ‘klein garten houses’