Berlin is a unique capital in many ways – its history, its nightlife, its people. But an aspect not to be overlooked is one many Berliners perhaps take for granted – the frequency of green. With around 70 parks in just one city, I’d say we’re quite spoiled. Berlin parks are everwhere and have become a staple of the city lifestyle as the venue for not just a lazy stroll, a dog walk or an afternoon read but also the thriving alternative of food stands, flea markets and sing-your-heart-out karaoke. Here at germany-travel, we’ve rounded out our top 5 favorites to unwind in the city we call home.
germany-travel’s Top 5 Berlin Parks
1. Görlitzer Park
Photo by: Rachel Roze
Grimy, gritty, green – an alliteration one probably doesn’t expect to describe a park, let alone a favorite. Yet Görlitzer Park remains in our top 5 Berlin parks because it’s a Kreuzberg landmark. It’s always at the epicenter of the action, be it May Day or Fête de la Musique. Görlitzer Park’s prime location makes it a perfect spot to relax, best reflected by the interesting mix of people it attracts. Spätis, shops and restaurants line the park and with Hühnerhaus 36 just at the corner, you needn’t worry when those hunger pangs strike.
2. Volkspark Friedrichshain
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Berlin’s first municipal park has never let me down. On any given summer day, you’ll find an idyllic landscape of people laying on the grass chatting, grilling, or reading alongside livelier crowds strumming on guitars, battling out fierce, sand-in-your-eye sets of beach volleyball or mastering the halfpipe. With Volkspark Friedrichshain’s extensive amenities, spare some time to check out the Märchenbrunnen, an impressive fountain commemorating the Brothers Grimm‘s popular fairy tales. If you’re too hip for that, head over to the Freiluftkino and catch a film. If you’re still too hip for that, we recommend a nap.
Photo by: Steven Oakes
Mauerpark: noun the quintessential park entry in any Berlin travel guide, only topped by Tiergarten.
Every Berliner (and tourist) knows about the lively flea market culture in Berlin; even places like the WYE and Kater Holzig have taken advantage of the Berlin trend with their own indoor versions. But serious flea market enthusiasts know that the real scene lies in Berlin parks, with Mauerpark at its helm. Mauerpark has been synonymous with its Sunday flea market, attracting hundreds of vendors for its affordable rental policies – only to rival Hartz IV as a means of livelihood – and thousands more on the lookout for the hip, cheap and delicious. Take a break at the ampitheater (pictured above) and either shine or spectate during Sunday karaoke. Weekend events aside, Mauerpark is an unmissable expanse of green in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg where one can always find an ideal corner – or a children’s swing with excellent views.
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Nestled in the popular district of Mitte right along the river Spree is Monbijoupark. French for “my jewel”, Monbijoupark embodies what it is: a green gem with breathtaking views of famous sights like the Berliner Dom and the Bode Museum, with its prime location a stone’s throw away from Museum Island. A castle once stood at the park, which the Second World War has since claimed. Today, locals and visitors can now enjoy a little piece of green and quiet, in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
Photo by: Jusan
Our wild card entry, but one that’s definitely deserving for a quirky reason. Visit Preußenpark anytime during the week and it’s just what it is – a common green space in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. But come Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the little humble park transforms into a Thai Park where middle-aged Thai women armed with snacks, sweets and meals set up shop to showcase their exotic homeland delicacies. Turn on the picnic mood and elevate your palate for a truly unique park visit – drinks included.
With so many Berlin parks to enjoy, did we miss your favorite in our top 5 Berlin parks? Let us know!