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Guide to Berlin Outdoors

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Berlin is a huge and green city, with plenty of attractive, historic parks and open spaces to explore. After a day inside at the museum or a night of clubbing, there's nothing better than a stroll amidst some greenery, enjoying a generous dose of fresh air!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

4 City Tips

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11 Places

Tiergarten

Gardens

Tempelhofer Park

Parks

Viktoriapark

Parks

Treptower Park

Parks

Mauerpark

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks, Lookouts

Pfaueninsel

Islands

Volkspark Friedrichshain

Parks

Garten der Welt

Gardens

Kollwitzplatz

Parks, Historic Sites

Charlottenburg Palace

Historic Sites, Castles

Volkspark Humboldthain

Parks

Jeroen M's City Tips

  • If you have a picnic, do clean up after yourself and take your rubbish with you.
  • Berlin's parks and gardens are all easily accessible by public transport, but the best way to get around is by bike – many shops and hotels rent bikes on a daily basis.
  • Alcohol is allowed in most of Berlin's parks, so you can enjoy a beer or a bottle of bubbly sekt with your picnic.
  • BBQs are allowed in many parks away from the city-center.
  • Tiergarten
    Gardens
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    Jeroen M Says:

    The Queen of the Berlin parks, Tiergarten starts at Brandenburg Gate, and stretches all the way to the Berlin Zoo in Charlottenburg. The area was once a private royal hunting ground, before becoming a public park in 1742. Today you'll find lush forest and open meadows landscaped in a romantic English style. The park is also home to a few historic sights and a fantastic Biergarten (beer garden) overlooking a boating lake.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get prime views of Tiergarten from the 67-metre-high Siegessäule victory column in the center of the park.
    • Germans love to strip off when it gets warm, and the meadows along Hofjägerallee are particularly popular for nude sunbathing in summer!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful 18/06/2019
    • A huge park in the city 17/06/2019
    • Tiergarten
    Address:
    Strasse des 17. Juni 100
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 901833101
    Other:
  • Tempelhofer Park
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Berlin's largest park is a definite must-see. Tempelhofer Park used to be the airfield of the massive Nazi-era Tempelhof airport, which was famous for its role in the Soviet blockade of Berlin in 1948-49. In 2010, the field was turned into a public park that's open daily from dawn to dusk. To the delight of Berliners, it has essentially been left as it was, complete with two wide runways and original airfield signposting. It's a very popular place to jog, skate, cycle or simply lie in the grass with a bottle of wine – and in winter there's even cross-country skiing!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you're cycling, check the wind direction before you go, and enter at the right side to make the most of whizzing down the east-west aligned runway!
    • If there's enough wind, you can learn kite landboarding with the Berliner Kiteschule, who offer lessons lasting 1-8 hours.
    • There are several entrances, with the one at S/U Bahn station Tempelhof being the handiest for public transport. The station has shops for stocking up on snacks and drinks.
    • On the western end of the southern runway, near the S-Bahn Tempelhof entrance, you can rent bicycles, Segways or go-karts from the white containers.
    • There aren't many trees providing shade in the park, so remember to bring a hat and sunblock on hot days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Wide Open (Iconic) Space + Stunning architecture 18/06/2019
    • A vast field with activities 26/05/2019
    • Tempelhofer Park
    Address:
    ehemaliger Flufhafen Tempelhof
    10777 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 7009060
    Other:
  • Viktoriapark
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Romantic Viktoriapark fits everything you need into its small space – there are sloping meadows, a dark forest in a gorge, a Biergarten (beer garden), and an impressive waterfall. The hill in the park is Berlin's tallest natural point at 66 meters, and is topped by Schinkel's Neogothic monument to the Liberation Wars.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Golgotha Biergarten is a great place for outdoor drinks. Find it in the southwestern corner of the park, next to the sports fields.
    • On summer evenings, dozens of people gather at this fabulous viewpoint to toast the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #138 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful wonder!!! 31/10/2018
    • Beautiful park. 10/08/2018
    • Viktoriapark
    Address:
    Kreuzberg
    10965 Berlin
    Germany
  • Treptower Park
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    This large park along the Spree River (south of the city center) has more than enough to see and do in half a day. Apart from a large central meadow, there are fields along the riverside that are great for cooling down in summer. There is even a lovely little island, Insel der Jugend, reached by crossing an arched bridge. In the center of the park, the impressive Soviet War Memorial is well worth a visit too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stargazers can visit the Archenhold-Sternwarte observatory and planetarium in the south of the park.
    • Near the island, the Zenner Eierschale complex has a restaurant, fast food and a Biergarten (beer garden) with live music and dancing on summer weekends.
    • The park is the departure point for "Weisse Flotte" boat tours up the Spree river.
    • The Treptower Park S-Bahn station is the most convenient access point.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • River walk-soviet monument 18/06/2019
    • Treptower Park 13/06/2019
    • Treptower Park
    Address:
    Puschkinallee
    Parking: what3words ///kennen.strick.dulden
    Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 25002333
    Other:
  • Mauerpark
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks, Lookouts
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Nobody goes to Mauerpark for the greenery – it's the events that attract thousands of people here every weekend. This narrow park also used to be part of the death strip along the Berlin Wall, and there are a few pieces of Wall still left standing. On Sundays, a large and popular flea market takes over half the park, and in the afternoon there's often open-air karaoke held in the Bearpit Amphitheater.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The flea market can get very crowded, so come early to get the best deals and avoid the crush.
    • Mauerpark is a short walk from U-Bahn station Eberswalder Strasse, and along the M10 tram route.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lively atmosphere on a Sunday 08/06/2019
    • Chill green patch in Prenzlauer Berg 01/05/2019
    • Mauerpark
    Address:
    Gleimstr. 55
    10437 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 60980018
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Pfaueninsel
    Islands
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Pfaueninsel, or Peacock Island, is the ultimate escape from the city. Part of a UNESCO Heritage Site and in the middle of the Havel River west of Berlin, it has peacocks roaming freely around its meadows and forests, a fake castle and even a farm with livestock.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get to Pfaueninsel by taking the S-Bahn to Wannssee and then bus #218 to the ferry landing; check timings online.
    • There is a small admission fee, which includes the ferry to and from the island.
    • You can bring a picnic or have lunch at the island restaurant near the ferry landing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, tranquil island 22/04/2019
    • Peacocks! 19/04/2019
    • Pfaueninsel
    Phone:
    +49 4930 8053042
    Other:
  • Volkspark Friedrichshain
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    This lovely park – featuring a lake with swans, a restaurant and sports facilities – was designed in 1848 to give the residents of the crowded Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg districts a space in which to relax. Interestingly, the hills were only created after the war, when rubble from bombed-out buildings was piled up here; and the largest hill covers the remains of a huge Flakturm bunker. In the western corner, the Märchenbrunnen fairytale fountain, with its 106 statues. is a delightful spot to visit for young and old.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the impressive memorial dedicated to the German communists who fought in the Spanish Civil War, or the monument to Polish soldiers who fought the Nazis in World War II.
    • The hills in the park may be high by Berlin standards, but there's not much of a view to be had due to the tall trees.
    • Volkspark Friedrichshain is a 15-minute walk northeast of Alexanderplatz, or take tram #4 to "Am Friedrichshain."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Great park 12/03/2019
    • Amazing park to escape and relax! 03/09/2018
    • Volkspark Friedrichshain
    Other:
  • Garten der Welt
    Gardens
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    Jeroen M Says:

    In the eastern district of Marzahn, the beautiful Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World) park contains a dozen stunning landscapes, many of them oriental. Highlights include the Italian Renaissance Garden, the tropical Balinese 'Garden of the Three Harmonies,' and Europe's largest Chinese garden, the 'Garden of the Reclaimed Moon.'

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small admission charge, which is reduced during winter.
    • Getting there takes about 40 minutes from central Berlin – take the U5 metro to Cottbusser Platz, and change there for bus #195 to Gärten der Welt.
    • Children especially will love the maze and labyrinth!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rude employees 06/05/2019
    • Splendid, Serene and quite green 21/04/2019
    • Garten der Welt
    Address:
    Eisenacher Str. 99
    What3words: ///vorbei.zulässige.schwarz
    12685 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 700906699
    Other:
  • Kollwitzplatz
    Parks, Historic Sites
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    Jeroen M Says:

    At the centre of the charming and gentrified Prenzlauer Berg district, Kollwitzplatz is a tiny triangular park that attracts toddlers to its playground and stroller-pushing parents to its park benches. The surrounding tree-lined streets are wonderful for strolling around as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Get there on the U2 metro to Senefelderplatz, or tram #2 to Marienburger Strasse.
    • On Saturday, there's a lively market selling organic fruit and veg, plus meat, Currywust sausages and crepes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Wonderful area for a walk or the Saturday Market 15/06/2019
    • Weekend market and others 18/03/2019
    • Kollwitzplatz
    Address:
    Kollwitzplatz 64
    10435 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Charlottenburg Palace
    Historic Sites, Castles
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    Jeroen M Says:

    The Schlosspark behind Charlottenburg Palace – where the Prussian Queen Sophie Charlotte once strolled amidst the Baroque gardens – dates from 1697 and is Berlin's oldest preserved park. Beyond the formal original part is a romantic English-style garden, with a pretty Belvedere building, a large lake and meadows. Together with the palace, this makes a wonderful place to spend a few hours.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There is an admission fee for the palace and gardens.
    • From S/U-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten, take bus M45 to "Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg." Many Berlin sightseeing boats also moor next to the palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking view ! 19/06/2019
    • Magnificent Palace in the heart of Berlin 13/06/2019
    • Charlottenburg Palace
    Address:
    Spandauer Damm 20-24
    Luisenplatz
    14059 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 32091440
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Volkspark Humboldthain
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Once a flat park, the Volkspark Humboldthain now has two tall hills, consisting of the ruins of two huge Flakturm bunkers that were later covered with the rubble from the surrounding districts. The walls and roof of the tallest one still stand and now form a climbing wall and a popular viewpoint. There's a charming rose garden on the eastern side of the park too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The park is next to S-Bahn stations Humboldthain and Gesundbrunnen.
    • From April to October, the interior of the half-ruined Flakturm can be explored on tours with Unterwelten. Check their website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #269 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Solo Female..Only Place I felt unsafe in Berlin 18/07/2018
    • Bats in the anti-aircraft bunker 13/09/2016
    • Volkspark Humboldthain
    Address:
    Hochstrasse
    Berlin
    Germany
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