Berlin's best-known urban gardening project lies at the heart of Kreuzberg. At Prinzessinnengärten everything grows, blooms and buzzes - thanks to lots of neighbourhood helpers. The Prinzessinnengärten are ecological and social gardens on Moritzplatz.
Berlin's best-known urban gardening project lies at the heart of Kreuzberg. At Prinzessinnengärten everything grows, blooms and buzzes - thanks to lots of neighbourhood helpers. The Prinzessinnengärten are ecological and social gardens on Moritzplatz. For 60 years the 6,000 m² site lay unused. Then in the summer of 2009 the not-for-profit organisation Nomadic Grün turned the wasteland into a green paradise. The organisation doesn't only use open space as practical cultivation areas. The goal is also learning together. Sowing, planting and harvesting are just as important here as seed production, processing and preserving vegetables, keeping bees and the construction of a worm compost system, together with the development of new methods of DIY cultivation, all of course in organic quality.
Off to the garden
Children and adults, gardening enthusiasts and beekeepers can all help in some way: by buying what is harvested, sponsoring a vegetable bed or enjoying the directly processed products as delicious meals in the garden café. During opening hours the Prinzessinnengärten offer gardening sessions and workshops on subjects like beekeeping in the city or growing potatoes. Children very quickly find out that you don't have to be a country child in order to grow things. This is also shown by markets such as the recent "Culture Winter Market & Circus", which is particularly aimed at families. Further expansion measures such as a children's villa and an irrigation system are planned for the future.
In spring 2019, the operators of the Prinzessinnengärten will open a further location in Neukölln - at the Neuer St. Jacobi cemetery. There is also a community garden here.
There’s no place more cosy and hectic at the same time. Pubs, restaurants, clothing and record stores are found along here, one after another. After finding a seat in one of the many restaurants along Oranienstraße, you’ll enjoy watching the diverse crowds out and about in Kreuzberg living their lives. Moritzplatz, on the other hand, is becoming the centre of Berlin’s start-up scene and is home to many new urban projects.