Episode 45: Volkspark Friedrichshain

volkspark fhain

Location:

Am Friedrichshain 1, 10407 Berlin

Facts:

  • Size: 49 hectares
  • Oldest public park in Berlin
  • Situated between the districts of Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg

It seems as if slow but steady, winter is coming to an end, which is great for many reasons. One of the best spring and summer activities in Berlin is definitely hanging out at a park. And as you might know, the opportunities are plentiful! Berlin is one of Europe’s greenest cities and counts more than 2.500 public parks and lawns spread over an area of 6.500 hectares.

In this week’s episode we want to introduce you to Volkspark Friedrichshain. The park was designed by the landscape architect Gustav Mayer. Gustav was a real Berlin park star, as he designed many of today’s most popular parks such as Volkspark Humboldthain, Treptower Park, Kleiner Tiergarten and many more.

But back to Volkspark Friedrichshain: the triangular-shaped park is situated between the districts Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. It was constructed between 1846 and 1848 and is actually the oldest municipal park of the entire city. As the name already suggests, it was designed for the people to enjoy their leisure time – which they do up to the current day. Most parks and lawns during that time were built exclusively for royalty and aristocracy, so it was actually quite a new concept to have nice parks for the ordinary people.

So nowadays, besides pretty lawns and green relaxation, there are quite a lot of fun things waiting for you at the Volkspark Friedrichshain: a cool open air cinema, many interesting monuments, relaxing cafes and beergardens and sports facilities.

Wanna know more about the history and highlights of the park? We have some quite interesting stories prepared for you:

Photo and episode: Ute Linden

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