Did you know that Berlin is one of the greenest metropolises in all of Europe? With over 2.500 public green- and recreational areas it belongs to the greenest cities worldwide. These urban parks and green spaces are more than just stretches of grass or trees amidst buildings and traffic. They can provide a haven for stresses city people and offer a form of peace and home to those who are in need of escaping the everyday bustle of the city.
So what if you are visiting, moving-to or living in such as green city as Berlin and are looking for the right Berlin park for you to rest? We sprawled across the city and have put together a list of our top Berlin parks with some info on each to make that search a bit easier for you.
Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhof-Schöneberg)
The Tempelhofer Feld is a former airport which now turned into one of the largest urban park areas in the world. It has become a very popular recreational center for Berliners and the large green area is a great spot for meeting up for grilling and partying. The former tarmac runway is now used by cyclists, bladers, kite-surfers and joggers who enjoy the space for their sports. You can also find an urban gardening area here to relax and enjoy some food and drinks.
Hint: There are no trees here, so be prepared on hot and sunny days!
The Tiergarten Park is the second largest Berlin park. Once meant as a hunting area for the city's electors, it is now a famous public park with loads of green spaces, Prussian monuments, and gardens. There are a tea house and a large café (Café an Neuem See) with a small lake where you can eat and take a boat ride. It is also a great park to go cycling and jogging.
The Viktoria Park is located on the top of Kreuzberg, one of Berlin's trendiest locations. There is a waterfall inside the park where you can enjoy some nice picnics and views across West Berlin. On its summit, you will find a 20-metres tall Prussian National Monument of the Liberation Wars. There is also a nice beer garden called Golgatha.
Volkspark Friedrichshain is a large urban park between the areas of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. It is a very popular park for grilling and offers a beer garden, cafés, and even an open-air cinema. There is a splashing pool for kids and a perfect park to walk your dog. Here you can also find a large, neo-baroque Fairy Tale Fountain - a a perfect spot to get to know your date better 😉
This park is a multi-cultural playground for young and old. Aside from the Friedrichshain park, this is another park solely made for the people of Berlin. You will find the remnants of WW II here as there still is a historic flak tower in the middle of the park. From here you can enjoy some great views across Berlin. It is also ideally suited for jogging and other sports and hosts a public swimming pool as well.
Wasserturm (Prenzlauer Berg)
Quite small, but nevertheless a nice spot to rest is the Wasserturm Park. It hosts Berlin's oldest water tower, dates back to 1877 which you can even rent for an event. You can enjoy some views across the Prenzlauer Berg district here and have some food and drinks in one of the many street cafés and restaurants around. It also hosts a little playground for children.
Görlitzer Park (Kreuzberg)
One of Berlin's most colorful parks, the 'Görli' is a haven for musicians, party-seekers and BBQers who turn this area into a festival zone on summer days. It hosts lots of green space for resting as well as some cafés (Café Edelweiß) and restaurants on and around the park. Around here you can also explore some Berlin Street Art which is famous within this part of the city. Unfortunately, it is also a well-known park for drug-dealers which mingle around after dark.
Treptower Park (Treptow-Köpenick)
The Treptower Park is another Berlin park located in the southeast of the city and along the Spree River. This 90-hectar large park is the most famous park for East-Berliners and offers a large variety of attractions. You can rent small or larger boats to cruise around the area, take a walk across the bridge to the 'island of youth' or take a look at the many Soviet war memorials.
The Schlosspark in Charlottenburg is the oldest still original park in Berlin and Potsdam. Built in 1697 as the first Baroque garden in Germany, it is a special Berlin park. You will find a huge palace and a large garden area behind it. There is also a large Orangery and a mausoleum in the hind part of the park. It is quite a unique park in the city and definitely a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice Sunday promenade.
Mauerpark (Prenzlauer Berg/Wedding)
The Mauerpark translates to 'Wall Park', referring to it being in the area of the former Berlin Wall. It used to mark the frontier between East and West and has a historic significance. While a normal park in the week, the Mauerpark turns into a giant festival on Sundays. Open air karaoke, a flea-market, BBQ areas and artists/musicians turn this park into one of Berlin's most atmospheric spots to be in. Definitely a must-see Berlin park, especially on Sundays.
Thai Park (Wilmersdorf)
A unique park in Berlin is the famous Thai Park. Located in the Western part of the city, this park serves as a nice recreational green area in the week (then known as Preußenpark) and turns into a slice of Asia on weekends. You will then find lots of small vendors selling Thai and Vietnamese foods and drinks. A great weekend activity if you are into Asian foods. Read our complete review on the Berlin Thai Park here.
Translated as 'Peacock Island', this park is situated on an island in southwestern Berlin, near Potsdam and Brandenburg. It is a nature reserve and has a special protection area for wild birds. Its situation on the river Havel makes it a very unique and picturesque park. You can actually find peacocks roaming around and also discover an amazing garden area and castle. It makes a great day trip and is truly different from what you will find in terms of parks elsewhere in the city.
Hint: You can only reach the island by ferry and need to pay a small entrance fee if you want to see the castle.