Berlin’s ‘Gardens of the World’: A Lot More than Just Flowers
The Berlin park known as ‘Gärten der Welt’ is just the right spot for people who want to walk, explore beauty and breathe good air all at the same time. Those who intend to use their Nikons and Canons will not be disappointed either.
Berlin’s ‘Gärten der Welt’ is a former GDR endeavor which has grown substantially since the Berlin Wall fell thirty years ago. Today, the ‘Gardens of the World’ premises include countless different garden styles from all over the world. It is an excellent day trip destination within the Berlin city limits.
City Anniversary in East Berlin
The German capital’s Marzahn district may not exactly be a beauty with its many rows of Eastern bloc style apartment blocks. But the communists left a lot of greenery in between. And they did have a lot of room for parks, even though the city was divided by the Wall they built.
During those times, Berlin needed two zoos, a Western and an Eastern one, two city halls, two everything. West Berlin had its ‘Britzer Park’, which it prepared for the Federal Garden Show that took place in 1985. East Berlin wanted an equivalent. So it got the ‘Recreational Park Marzahn’ ready for the Berlin Garden Show and the 750th anniversary of the city in 1987, two years before communism collapsed along with the Wall. That big park in Marzahn survived.
Change of Plans
Before Germany’s reunification, West Berlin was planning to host another Federal Garden Show, in 1995. This time, the event was supposed to take place close to Tiergarten Park. But when the Berlin Wall suddenly fell and Berlin was reunited, the plans were thrown overboard. Why set up Asian gardens in the Western city center, with limits what the required space was concerned, when there was so much of it in Marzahn? That’s how it happened.
So, what was known as ‘Erholungspark Marzahn’ at the time was prepared for the big event that would attract hundreds of thousands of people. Once the Federal Garden Show was over, Berlin kept on investing. First of all, all of those plants did already look nice. Also, the park out there, in former East Berlin, had an advantage: It would pull some of the many tourists out of the city center.
Asian Gardens Galore
In 2017, the park was renamed ‘Gärten der Welt’ (‘Gardens of the World’) because that is exactly what it had become. Once the new millennium had dawned, in the year 2000, a Chinese Garden had been added to the huge park. Almost every year, more gardens followed, including a Japanese and a Korean one.
By now, there is also a Balinese garden, an Oriental one, an Italian Renaissance Garden, a Christian Garden, and English Garden and a Forb Garden. The latest project they are working on is a Jewish garden. Due to Corona, the labyrinth made out of hedges was closed in early July of 2020.
The Right Perspective
There are water gardens along the ‘Promenade Aquatica’, huge lawns and all kinds of plants. Most flowers can be admired along the paths. Near the labyrinth, an ocean of flowers is waiting for the beholder, both at the Rose Garden and the Flower Theater. Constantly, several gardeners look after the beautiful plants with a lot of dedication. They probably call each flower by its first name.
One of the nicest places to take a rest at is the café right at the little lake in the Chinese Garden. Families with children should not bypass the playground with that blue whale. The sightseeing tower can be reached by ropeway or on foot. From up there, even Marzahn looks nice.
Getting there is easy as pie. ‘Gärten der Welt’ can be reached by ‘U-Bahn’ train (U5 to ‘Kiensberg’) or by bus (X69 ‘Blumberger Damm/Gärten der Welt’). Going there by bicycle will take one and a half hours from Charlottenburg or one hour from Kreuzberg. A regular ticket for ‘Gärten der Welt’ is 7 Euro, one that includes the ropeway is 9.90 Euro. The combination ticket for children is 5.50.
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