Nothing says relaxing like laying out in the grass with a good book, sunglasses on, and a cold beer. At least, that is what you do in Berlin! The city is known for being extremely green, with a park practically on every street corner. In the summer time everyone goes to the park to grill, meet friends, and soak up the sun. Here are my five favorite parks, each offering something special.
- Friedrichshain Volkspark, 10249 Berlin
This large park is located between Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain (duh). It made it to the top of my list because it is my go-to park for a nice early spring jog. There is a huge track, soccer field, dog park, several playgrounds, and beach volleyball and tennis courts. Conveniently located, across from the volleyball courts is a Rewe supermarket. Treat yourself to a refreshing beverage while basking in the sun.
- Mauerpark, Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin
Mauerpark, translates to “Wall Park” in English and it occupies the space between where the former death strip between the soviet side and occupied territory were divided by the Berlin Wall. Once the wall fell in 1989 the former death strip was turned into a public space that boosts a lively park and market scene. Go to Mauerpark on Sundays to catch the flea market, food market, international street food markets, and karaoke!
- Tiergarten, Straße des 17. Juni 31, 10785 Berlin
Tiergarten is a massive urban park, spanning 210 hectares (520 acres). If you are looking for a nice green park to run through then look no further! It is a “proper” park kind of like Berlin’s Central Park or Hyde Park.
- Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhofer Damm, 12101 Berlin
In a truly Berlin fashion, Tempelhofer Feld was an airport and before that a German military base. Now it is a massive park where you can fly kites and roller blade around.
- Volkspark Hasenheide, Columbiadamm 160, 10965 Berlin
Located in Neukölln, near Kreuzberg, Hasenheide is a great place to meet up with friends. If you are between 20-40 it’s highly likely that most of your friends live around here. The park’s name suggests that it used to be heaven for rabbits, while now it is merely a hipster heaven.
FYI: If anything you want to do in a park can’t be done or found at any of these parks just go to Golitzer park—everything you can image is going on there and more. It can be quite sketchy. I generally avoid it and won’t recommend going alone at night.
Oh wait, and one thing I forgot to mention, 9/10 parks in Berlin have table tennis tables so make sure to bring your paddles! 🏓