Relaxing in the Tiergarten in Berlin

posted by Sharon October 29, 2017 20 Comments
Berlin Tiergarten

The Tiergarten in central Berlin is an oasis of greenery and ponds in the middle of modern buildings of glass and chrome. I’d looked on Google maps before we arrived in Berlin and knew our hotel was directly across the street. But I didn’t realize that right across the street also are the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Reichstag. So we criss-crossed the Tiergarten often during our days in Berlin as we walked from place to place seeing the famous sights. And we enjoyed every foray into this quiet place of tree-lined paths. It’s refreshing to meander through here after a long day of seeing all the sights.Berlin TiergartenBerlin Tiergarten

Berlin TiergartenBerlin TiergartenThe 520 acres of the Tiergarten make up the oldest public park in Berlin. It’s been compared to Central Park in New York. The Tiergarten began as a royal hunting grounds, then in the late 1600s Friedrich III, Duke of Prussia, declared it open to everyone – a “park for the pleasure of the general population.” During WWII, bombs damaged the park. With so much of Berlin suffering after the war, people cut down the trees in their desperation for firewood. Most of the green growth in the Tiergarten today dates only from the 1950s. Berlin Tiergarten

The park is home to a variety of monuments, as well as a zoo. Here are a few of the features we were able to see.

The Beethoven-Hayden-Mozart Memorial celebrates these composers. It’s impressive and large. When you get close, you can observe the bullet holes still in the marble from the battles of WWII. The memorial was taken down in 2000, restored, and reinstalled in its place of honor has among the tall trees. Berlin TiergartenBerlin TiergartenBerlin Tiergarten

The Soviet War Memorial commemorates the Russian soldiers who died liberating Berlin from the Nazis. The marble used to build it came from Hitler’s Chancellery. Two T34 tanks are on display, and a statue of a Soviet soldier rises into the air, standing guard over the memorial. Berlin Tiergarten

Berlin TiergartenBerlin TiergartenThe Victory Column stands above the tree line and can be seen from far away. Construction began in 1864 to celebrate the Prussian victory over the Danes. By the time it was finished, it also included memorials to Prussian victories over Austria in 1866 and France in 1871. This column miraculously survived WWII. Berlin Tiergarten

Recent history is not forgotten, either. Memorials to those who died trying to cross the Berlin Wall are also part of the park. Berlin TiergartenBerlin TiergartenBerlin Tiergarten

A plaque in the sidewalk marks the spot where U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech in June, 1987 demanding that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall. It would take more than two years after this for the wall to come down. Berlin TiergartenBerlin Tiergarten

If we had one more day in Berlin, we would have planned to rent bicycles and ride through the park. We ran out of time. Maybe next visit . . .  Berlin Tiergarten

 

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 30, 2017 at 9:06 am

That is so peaceful!

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Mersad October 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

Wonderful sunny day in Berlin. The zoo looks inviting as well.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup October 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Wonderful captures here – what a gorgeous place.
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/10/seasonal-fun-at-duke-homestead-in.html

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Carol October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

All cities need a green oasis in the midst of concrete, glass and steel. Beautiful park. The war memorials are sad.

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Jesh StG October 31, 2017 at 12:11 am

Next time may be also one of the two Botanical gardens? They are quite beautiful. Forgot if you also the Kurfurstendamm – that whole street of shops (used to) have a similar atmosphere as that of Paris. Berlin always seems to be in the middle of some political controversy:) Many thanks of showing some of the beautiful views of Berlin – a city I will never forget!

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Joyful October 31, 2017 at 4:26 am

It’s an absolutely beautiful garden.

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Lady Fi October 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Fabulous pictures!

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Lisa October 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

I’ve been to Berlin just a few weeks ago but sadly didn’t have enough time to really stroll through the Tiergarten and enjoy its beauty. I should definitely go back for that – your pictures are just sooo beautiful!!! #CityTripping

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Molly October 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm

I would love to visit Berlin one day

Mollyx

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Ruth | Tanama Tales November 1, 2017 at 1:39 am

I have never been to Berlin. Therefore, I am not that familiar with the places that can be visited there. This would be a great idea for me. In a new city, I like to explore green areas. I think they give you a sense of how locals spend their time. Plus, you may find several people willing to engage in conversation.

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Cathy (Mummytravels) November 1, 2017 at 5:43 am

What s lovely green oasis in the city and how lovely to have it on your doorstep – it’s so interesting that a walk here is like a walk through Germany’s history, from its musical heritage to the darker recent history. I had no idea so few of the old trees had survived. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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Kelleyn Rothaermel November 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

The Tiergarten is definately a fantastic greenspace. I am glad you had the opportunity to walk through it on your trip.

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Amanda November 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Looks like a great park in the middle of the city! Unfortunately we didn’t make it there during our visit to Berlin, but it looks like a good way to spend a few hours! #FarawayFiles

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World November 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm

I love a good green respite in the middle of visiting a big city. Alas, it was POURING down rain when we visited Berlin and had time for Tiegarten, so we all elected to pass. But I loved Berlin and could definitely see spending more time there with nicer weather and strolls through this lovely space. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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Sarah November 5, 2017 at 1:04 am

Great Pictures, It’s great being able to explore Berlin through your photos.

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Jill November 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

I didn’t know this was where the famous speech was given – and I’m glad that they have the memorials, though it’s sad to see. Interesting park.

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bettyl - NZ November 6, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s pretty cool to have a park in the middle of a huge city! The memorials are gorgeous.

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) November 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Great photos! I love visiting the parks when we’re exploring a new city. We like to mix up our cultural and foodie visits with some greenery. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Sol Solntze November 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

Parks are often for the locals, but how great that you got to experience it as a way to get about Berlin. What’s that big tower sticking up out of the trees opposite the monument?

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