What a wonderful city park! It is a huge city park at 210 hectares / 519 acres. It is bigger than London's Hyde Park, but smaller than New York's Central Park (335 hectares / 828 acres). The Tiergarten dates from the 17th century, when it was laid out as a hunting park by Friedrich I just outside the gates of what was Berlin. His son had no interest in hunting thus it became a public park. In 1844, the zoo was built next to Tiergarten. There was not much left in the park after the Allies entered Berlin in 1945 as whatever was standing was used as firewood.
Walking through the park today, one would never know the park had been stripped of anything living. I had the opportunity to have a leisurely walk around a good portion of the park this month. Even though the temperature never got above 8°C / 47°F, the walk through this beautiful area was very tranquil. There are many wide trails to “get lost on” – well, not really as there are excellent, detailed maps throughout Tiergarten. One does feel like they are out in the country instead of in the middle of the urban jungle of Berlin. There are lakes with a variety of birds calling it home, and there are streams quietly flowing throughout it.
In the middle of the park is the Victory Column. Many may think it has to do with a German victory over another country. It was erected as a source of national pride concerning the 18 January 1871 unification by Prussia of the German states, which had been as many as 300 in the first part of the 19th century. The column is very impressive with its gold top. It can be seen for quite a distance due to the city streets going right to it. Even deep in the park, the column can be seen during the winter time.
Relax next to the soothing waters. Drink a pilsner and converse with friends. Bring your camera! There are ample opportunities to capture an excellent image of this beautiful public park. Tiergarten is a great place to spend some time enjoying the outdoors. Buses stop here and the S-Bahn trains stop all the time on the western end of the park at Straße des 17. Juni.
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