As you walk from the main train station towards the nearby government district, you will cross the Gustav-Heinemann-Bridge to the Spreebogenpark, completed in 2005.
The park extends from the Moltkebrücke to the Paul-Löbe-Haus and the Chancellor's Office along one of the curves of the River Spree. Its design offers an interesting contrast of wide lawns with open sight lines and narrow paths with plantings that change with the seasons.
View and Environment
From the Moltkebrücke, you have a view of the Uferpromenade along the river, the historic buildings of the Charité hospital and then over to the International Trade Centre. An inclining lawn invites you to climb. From the top, you can see the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) across the Spree and get a glimpse of Potsdamer Platz between the Paul-Löbe-Haus and the Chancellor's Office – all once a deserted no-man's land between the two sides of the Berlin Wall and now a revived centre for business and entertainment.
At the same time, the park acknowledges the history of the site: this was once the Alsenviertel, the historic embassy district. The district was cleared to make way for Hitler's planned world capital of Germania, with the remnants destroyed in the Second World War. Only the Swiss Embassy remained. Today, the gardens offers wildflower meadows and perennials reminiscent of the gardens of the embassies that once stood here.