Berlin has some amazing parks and green spaces. Many people don’t realize just how much green space there is, but if you want to relax in the grass with a picnic and get a break from the noisy city, we’ve got you covered. No matter where you are in Berlin, there’s likely to be a park within a few blocks. But here’s a look at our favorites and the best parks in Berlin.
Where to stay in Berlin
Berlin has lots of great neighborhoods for you to stay in and explore. If you’re visiting Berlin for the first time, it might be best for you stay somewhere central. Many of the attractions are in Mitte or easily connected to Mitte by transport, so you should stay somewhere in that region. Here are a few hotels we recommend.
For a more detailed look at the different neighborhoods and our recommendations, check out our guide to where to stay in Berlin.
What are the best parks in Berlin?
The best park in Berlin might be the one closest to you where you can spread out a blanket and enjoy some takeout food and a beer. Some people enjoy the crowded, lively parks, while others seek out the quiet, hidden parks where they can enjoy the solitude. The parks on this list are gorgeous or impressive or unique, and they’re all worth a visit.
One of Berlin’s most famous parks, Tiergarten is like the Central Park of Berlin. It’s located west of Brandenburg Gate and stretches all the way over to the Zoologischer Garten in Charlottenburg. This park was once a royal hunting ground, but today it’s one of the most loved parks in the city.
There are plenty of trees here, so it’s great when you’re looking for some shade on a hot day. Stroll through the park and you’ll see statues and memorials of all kinds. You’ll see ponds, a cafe, a place where you can rent a boat, and a rose garden. In the middle of the park stands the Victory Column, and there’s even a giant Soviet War Memorial here. The Bellevue Palace sits on the northern edge of the park near the river.
Tiergarten is also one of the best places in Berlin to see fall foliage, so if you’re visiting Berlin in autumn, you should definitely come to this park.
My personal favorite for one of the best parks in Berlin, Tempelhof was an airport until 2008. After the airport ceased operations, it was turned into a big sprawling park, runway included. People use the runway for running, cycling, roller blading, kite surfing, and all kinds of other activities.
The park also has lots of grassy areas for picnics and a designated BBQ and grilling area. If you have a dog, check out one of the three fenced off dog run areas. My dog loves running around here.
Locals enjoy gardening in community garden areas in Tempelhof. Some areas of the park are roped off as bird protection zones. And the airport building is still there and can be visited on a tour. Overall this is such a fun and unique park in Berlin, I think it should be included on everyone’s Berlin itinerary.
Charlottenburg Palace Park and Gardens
The Charlottenburg Palace is a must see landmark in Berlin, but did you know it’s free to visit the gardens and the park that surrounds the palace?
This gorgeous palace is the best castle in Berlin and really worth a visit, but if you enjoy the outsides of castles more than the insides, or if you’re traveling to Berlin on a budget, you can still admire the palace from the outside without paying a penny. The grounds are open to the public, so you are free to admire the gardens and explore the park.
The park is a good mix of tree covered pathways and open grassy spaces, and of course, the palace gardens themselves. There’s a pond behind the palace and gardens, which adds to the beauty of the area. Check out the bridge on the edge of the pond for a great photo of the palace.
A local favorite in eastern Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighborhood, Volkspark is massive. It’s supposedly Berlin’s oldest park. Not only is there plenty of space to sit, but there’s so much more at this park! There’s a beach volleyball area and a rock climbing wall. There’s a skateboarding area and a kids’ playground. You’ll see a pond, a fountain, and several statues in Volkspark.
Located where Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, and Mitte meet, this is an easy park to get to, and it has a little something for everyone.
Located in western Kreuzberg, Viktoria Park is a pretty green space for relaxing with friends, and the Golgatha Biergarten is located on the edge of the park. You’ll also find a gorgeous waterfall in the park, the only waterfall in Berlin, though it is artificial.
Viktoria Park is also home to Berlin’s highest natural point. In the southern end of the park, climb a set of stairs, and you’ll see a monument commemorating the Prussian victory over Napoleon. This monument sits on the highest natural point in the city and offers some really nice views of the Berlin from above.
Treptower Park sits next to the Spree River, making it a wonderful park with a water view. It was designed as an English garden with rose gardens, tree-lined pathways, and a pond. There’s plenty of space for jogging, cycling, or other sports as well as simply relaxing in the grass. You can also take a boat trip from here.
This park is also home to Zenner Biergarten, a 200 year old beer garden near the river in the southern end of the park. And there’s a huge Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park honoring thousands of Soviet soldiers who died in World War II.
In Prenzlauer Berg you’ll find lots of pretty green spaces, but the most well known is Mauer Park. Mauer means Wall, and this park sits where the Berlin Wall once stood. It’s spacious and grassy and it’s a great place to relax on a nice day.
But on Sundays, Mauer Park hosts one of the most famous flea markets in Berlin. It’s a huge market, and you’ll find everything from souvenirs for tourists to used records, from secondhand furniture to oddball trinkets. There are also food and drink stalls in one section. Outside of the flea market you can listen to people singing karaoke, or be brave and join in yourself.
A formerly abandoned space in the middle of the city, Gleisdreieck Park has become one of the more popular parks in Berlin. It’s a big sprawling green space that stretches quite a ways north and south of the Gleisdreieck Ubahn station. Railroad tracks that are no longer in use run through the park, and you’ll find a dog run area, various sports areas, and plenty of grassy sections for relaxing.
This great park also has several cafes within its boundaries, so if you’re looking for a snack while you’re here, you’re covered. Gleisdreieck Park is also home to the BRLO beer garden where you can enjoy their craft beer and interesting food.
Find more great Berlin beer gardens to visit on your trip.
Rudolph Wilde Park
A little under the radar, this gorgeous park is located in the Schöneberg neighborhood. It’s a long park that winds back and forth and actually changes names as you go west. While it can get crowded on the weekends, this park provides a relaxing calmness on weekdays.
Check out the golden deer fountain and the nearby pond. And while a Berlin Ubahn station isn’t normally an attraction, it’s worth taking a glimpse at the the Rathaus Schöneberg station. It sits near the eastern side of the park, and the train runs above ground here, so passengers have a view into the park. Plus the building is a beautiful accent to this park.
Other beautiful green spaces in Berlin to check out
As I mentioned, there are parks all over the city. Berlin is a very green city, and you can find a nice patch of grass almost anywhere. But a few other gardens and green spaces you should see include:
- Britzer Garden: A huge garden known for its stunning roses and changes dramatically from season to season
- Gardens of the World: A garden park with several themed gardens from around the world and a fun cable car
- Berlin Botanical Gardens: A fantastic botanical garden with one of the highest numbers of plant species in the world
- Biesdorf Castle and Park: A small park in eastern Berlin with a cute castle and cafe
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Berlin Travel Resources
I want you to have the best trip to Berlin, and hopefully list of the best parks in Berlin is helpful. But there are lots more tips on the site!
Check out this detailed list of the best things to do in Berlin. It’s full of activities, attractions, and more. If you love castles, here are some castles in and near Berlin. And for those of you spending more than a few days in Berlin, consider taking a day trip.
Here’s what you should know before coming to Berlin. From practical tips to quirky facts about the city, it’s all in there.
Read this helpful packing list for Berlin so you know what to bring and what to wear.
You’re probably going to be using public transport to get around Berlin. Read this handy guide to Berlin’s public transport system and how to get around Berlin.
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