Berlin’s popular Tiergarten is a sanctuary for all. As you wander along, listening to the lively chorus of birdsong in the emerald canopy, you well and truly leave busy city life behind. Honeysuckle sweetens the air and rhododendrons erupt in colour, whilst diversions take you to such landmarks as the Victory Column, which affords spectacular views of the zoo. Head to the garden for an afternoon walk, or cover the 203 hectares by renting a bike from ‘Fat Tire’.
Originally the private hunting grounds of Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm, the grand Tiergarten was transformed into a landscaped park in 1818 by prominent landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné. Following its restoration in 1949, the garden now provides the perfect place for a summertime stroll or picnic, and in winter, becomes an atmospheric snow-scape with its frozen-over lakes. The Café am Neuen See, which transforms into a Biergarten in the warmer months, is a popular spot, along with Rousseau Island and the idyllic English Gardens, where open-air concerts are held in the summer.
Address: Straße des 17. Juni, Tiergarten, 10557 Berlin
Transport: S-Bahn Tiergarten, S-Bahn Bellevue, S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten, U-Hansaplatz
Opening hours: Open all year round.
Rosegarten opening hours:
Closed from November to March.
Summer concerts in the Teehaus im Englischen Garten:
Every Sunday from July 3rd to September 4th, at 4pm and 7pm.
Cost: Free admission