Have you been amazed by the Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower, but now need some to work off some excess energy? It's a good thing that Berlin's a lot greener than you might think at first glance. The city covers 344 km² between Reinickendorf and Rudow and is home to hundreds of beautiful parks, waterways, lakes, and forests. We show you where you can relax or run around with your children.
Regal leisure on Pfaueninsel
The romantic Pfaueninsel is in south-western Berlin. The palace and the idyllic park surrounding it look like they've just stepped out of the pages of some fairy tale . Queen Luise von Mecklenburg visited the island regularly with her family as an escape from everyday life in the court. Now you can do the same as your children romp about the well-manicured lawns at the gates of the city, while you lay back and chill. If you feel like getting some exercise, you can also walk around the island with the kids and look for the peacocks that have given the island its name.
Hills and fairy tales at Volkspark Friedrichshain
Another fairy-tale spot is Volkspark Friedrichshain, where a fountain at the western side of the park features 106 characters from Grimm's fairy tales carved in stone. Who will be first to guess which character comes from which fairy tale?
To the east of there, the park's spacious lawns are perfect for a picnic and running around. Thanks to the size of the park, you can enjoy some peace and quiet with your children right in the heart of the busy city centre . Another popular activity there is to climb the hills in the park, built from the ruins of World War II. Other highlights such as the large playground, the terrace café, and the open-air cinema make the Volkspark one of the most popular parks in Berlin.
Gardens of the World in Marzahn
The whole world in green: at Gardens of the World in Marzahn, not only can yo relax with your children, but also explore horticulture and beautiful flowering gardens from several other countries. You can discover fascinating plants in ten different international gardens, including those representing China, Bali, and Italy . Make sure to plan enough time for your visit: the gardens cover an area equal to 60 football pitches. Once you've check out the gardens, you can head over to the maze. See who can find their way out between the evergreen yew trees and countless twists and turns.
While some parks in Berlin offer a lot of space for relaxing, a trip to Volkspark Rehberge in Wedding offers a varied journey through nature. On the nature trail, learn more about the meadows and fields that surround you and check out the wild boars, sheep, and pheasants kept in the wildlife preserve. In winter, the toboggan run is sure to get the little ones excited. On a hill covering 300 metres, you and your children can race on sledges over the snowy white hill.