Tiergarten: walk in royal style
In Tiergarten you can walk in royal style. Just like the royal ladies, back in the days this park was created. There is one big difference though, between the people that walk now and the people strolling in 1530. In 1530 the German prince-electors created Tiergarten to hunt deer and boar, so they could impress the ladies with a nice piece of meat they shot themselves.
Hunting bambi’s in royal Tiergarten
It all sounds very adventurous, but not to Frederic the Great. He was not that keen on hunting bambi’s, so he turned Tiergarten into a lush garden to loiter and look at other glamorous people. He created beautifull ponds, flowerbeds and mazes. Later on, also the common people of Berlin could walk among the rich and famous.
Second World War at Tiergarten
During the Second World War those royal days were over. Berliners chopped down the large trees to get rid of the cold in their half ruined houses.
The lush flowerbeds turned into vegetable paths for the hungry people of Berlin. They also bred rabbits on the remaining grass. After the war, the park turned into it’s former glory again and there is hardly a better place to relax royally.
Most interesting Berlin Parks
We have selected the best and most interesting Berlin parks for you, like fairytale 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 Burgerpark Pankow it is almost as if you are not in Berlin anymore. Green fields, large trees and romantic villa’s play the main part at this large park in district Pankow. It’s quite a long walk from Berlin’s city centre, so be smart, and take the S-bahn to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
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’