People tend to think of Berlin as a gritty urban space but compared to other European cities, it is surprisingly green. According to city statistics, 46% of the city is either covered green space or water. Trees line the streets and nearly every district has a large Volkspark.
The Tiergarten might be the city’s lungs, but slightly further out and to the south, you can find Britzer Garten a landscaped garden park. In 1985, this was the site of the Bundesgartenschau, the Federal Horticultural Show, and following the event the space was turned into a park to give the urban residents of south West Berlin some much needed green space.
The park covers 90 hectares and features rose gardens, a labyrinth, landscaped lakes, several cafes, children’s play areas, the largest sundial in Europe and a miniature park railway. In an orchard on the edge of the park is a large windmill brought from Holland to Berlin for the Bundesgartenschau.
Spring is marked by Tulipan, the second largest tulip festival in the world, a special concert series extends over the summer months and in autumn Dahlienfeuer features over 10,000 dahlias in a riot of colors. The park is open year round, but opening hours extend later in the longer summer months.
The park is owned by the city of Berlin and run as a private enterprise. You have to pay admission but compared to some of Berlin’s other parks, you won’t find any dog walkers, cyclists, or summer barbecues and their piles of refuse here!