Fortunately, Frederick William III had an idea in the middle of the 19th century: He had a park built from his hunting grounds, which today is known as the "Berlin Tiergarten" and is one of the green lungs of the city - just like the "Gärten der Welt" in Marzahn.

By train to the gardens of the world: Plan arrival

The bare figures are impressive: The Large zoo is 210 hectares in size, only slightly smaller than the Central Park in New York, but larger than the Hyde Park in London. Just the tip of the iceberg: A full 23 parks in Berlin are larger than 50 hectares, and 80 green spaces still range in size from at least 10 to 50 hectares. Grunewald occupies a special position: There, you can walk with the Teufelsberg visit on its northern edge not only the highest elevation in all of Berlin, but also the oldest castle. With its Renaissance architecture, the Grunewald hunting lodge is a popular destination, as is the small island of Lindwerder, which you can cross over to from Grunewald.

A completely different character, however, have the Gardens of the world in Marzahn: They were first laid out in 1987 on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary as a gift from the gardeners to the capital of the GDR, at that time still on 21 hectares. It was not until the end of the 1990s that the Gardens of the World were created as they are known today: in October 2019, the Jewish Garden, the last project for the time being, was launched; before that, a Chinese, a Balinese and a Korean garden, among others, had already been created there. Numerous art objects serve as connecting elements - for example, the impressive "Reflecting Gardens" by Danish artist Jeppe Hein were created as part of the IGA Berlin 2017. 

You can find more information about Berlin here: Great freedom on the Spree

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Cover photo: Teahouse in the Chinese Garden © Grün Berlin GmbH