Through the small entrance portal you enter a quiet, unfamiliar world. You have just walked through Brandenburg, but now you are standing in a Japanese temple garden: bushy pines, blossoming azaleas and ancient bonsais surround you. On the sun terrace of the small tea house you can enjoy a cup of green tea and the view into the wonderful garden.
Berlin is rightly regarded as Europe's greenest capital. In the city area there are huge forest areas, people' s parks, allotments and green recreation areas. In addition to the popular parks, garden lovers in particular will find a few gems in Berlin and Brandenburg. Besides the famous Botanical Garden, there are also other very special sites. In Treptow lies the venerable Späth Arboretum, in Wedding the people are gardening on a former parking lot, in the landscape park Herzberge today again sheep live and the Bonsai garden at the Schwielowsee is completely dedicated to the Japanese garden culture.
We have selected nine unique gardens in Berlin and Brandenburg, which you can discover on leisurely hikes. All tours can be easily reached by S-Bahn or regional train. This way you can save yourself the traffic jam between the other weekend excursions and come home relaxed to your hikes and back home again. Simply choose your favourite garden and enjoy the splendour of the flowers and the summer green of the plants.
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City dwellers around the world are yearning more for contact with nature. The urban gardening, the gardening in the city, is a worldwide trend that does not stop at Berlin. Everywhere in Berlin small garden idylls arise on old brownfields, former parking lots and abandoned factory areas. The people from the surrounding neighborhoods meet here to grow vegetables and fruit and celebrate festivals together. The Himmelbeet in Wedding is one of the largest urban gardens and attracts with its garden café and non-gardening visitors.Your short tour starts at S-Bahn station Wollankstraße, which is served every 10 minutes from the S1 and every 20 minutes from the S25. From there you follow the footpath along the Panke. Although the narrow river leads through the middle of the city, the bank is densely vegetated over long stretches and so you hardly get any of the hustle and bustle. At the Wiesenstraße you leave the Panke and shortly thereafter you reach the Urban Garden Himmelbeet. Here you can relax between the raised beds with a cool drink and rummage at the stall. After your garden visit, continue to S-Bahn station Wedding. From there, the Ringbahnen S41 and S42 return home every 10 minutes.
Anyone looking for the most beautiful gardens in Berlin and Brandenburg can not avoid Potsdam. In the entire city area are beautiful gardens and castle parks. In addition to the world famous Sanssouci Park, the main attractions are the Schlosspark Babelsberg and the Neue Garten. Both are located directly on the water and can be visited on a nice hike.The S7 takes you every 10 minutes from Berlin to the S-Bahn station Babelsberg, the starting point of your hike. From there you can walk through the picturesque Babelsberg to the castle park. Here you can explore the historic buildings and enjoy the view of the Havel. Through Klein-Glienicke it goes over the famous Glienicker Bridge on the other side of the Havel. Along the shore you will soon reach the New Garden. The New Garden was created in the style of English gardens of the 18th century and is characterized by small sections with natural vegetation. In between you can discover numerous smaller and larger buildings. The most important are the Marble Palace, the Meierei and above all Cecilienhof Castle. In the Orangerie you can pay a visit to the Café Pandoras, before it goes over the Nuthestraße back to the Babelsberg S-Bahn station.
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Schloss Schönhausen and the adjoining garden have a varied history. Queen Elizabeth Christine, wife of Frederick the Great, had the castle built around 1760 to its present form. At that time only a small part of the castle park was designed as a pleasure garden. On the rest of the area vegetables, fruits and cereals were grown. Today still testify to the large farm buildings. The castle survived the war almost unscathed and was later used by the GDR government as a seat of government and guesthouse. For this purpose, the garden was transformed into a representative landscape park. Today you can visit the castle and stroll through the beautiful garden with its venerable trees.Your tour starts at Schönholz S-Bahn station, which is served by the S1 every 10 minutes and by the S25 every 20 minutes. First, it goes through the quiet Volkspark Schönholzer Heide. Nice additional information: The Schönholzer Heide originally belonged to the lands of Schloss Schönhausen. On Tschaikowskistraße it then goes between the old mansions of the GDR government in the direction of the castle. At the end of the street you will already find the Schlossgarten Schönhausen. Here you can take a break at Café Sommerlust and then wander through the picturesque park. After your round through the garden, you walk on to the S-Bahn station Pankow. There, the S-Bahn S2 and S85 go every 10 minutes back to the city center.
With the princess gardens in Kreuzberg, the Allmende-Kontor is one of the oldest community garden projects in Berlin. In the middle of the Tempelhof airfield, where airplanes were started and landed every minute, today is this natural oasis. In home-made raised beds, gardeners have been growing fruit and vegetables here since 2011. At that time they started with only ten raised beds - now there are more than 250 beds. Since 2014, the garden has been managed by the community garden Allmende-Kontor e.V. The members regularly offer courses and events, where even non-gardening roommates can get a little closer to nature. A visit to the garden can be perfectly combined with a tour of the wide Tempelhofer Feld.The starting point of the hike is the S-Bahn station Hermannstraße. This is approached every few minutes by the S-Bahn S41, S42, S45 and S46. From there it goes along the old runway lighting system through the Anita Berber Park to the old airfield. When you first stand on the Tempelhof airfield, you will be overwhelmed by the incredible vastness. The runways and the wide meadows lie flat before you, countless people enjoy their free time here peacefully and on the edge you can see the houses of Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Tempelhof. After your round on the runways you come to the Allmende-Kontor. With the unique beds, pots and flower containers you can only guess the creativity of the gardeners. From the airfield it finally goes back to the S-Bahn station Hermannstraße.
Arbor is the Latin word for tree, so an arboretum is a tree garden. Originally the Späth Arboretum had been created as a nursery of the gardening empire of Franz Späth. Even today, the name of the nursery school reminds of the size of the plant. Since the 1960s, the Späth-Arboretum with its impressive manor house is part of the Humboldt University. The arboretum is open to the public and you can admire over 1,200 different trees and shrubs from all over the world.With the S-Bahn, it goes out to the station Schöneweide, which is regularly approached by the trains S8, S9, S45 and S46. From there it goes directly into the Königsheide. The Königsheide lies on a slightly elevated, especially sandy area. As a result, their tree population differs significantly from other Berlin forests. Here grow mainly knotty pines and peduncles oaks. Cozy you stroll through the quiet forest and reach the other end of the nursery road. Already the Späth-Arboretum awaits you here. Take some time to explore the beautiful grounds and the venerable trees. Then it goes on the green shore of the Britzer connecting channel to the S-Bahn station Baumschulenweg. From there you can start your journey back home with the trains S8, S9, S45 and S46.
Originally, the castle Oranienburg and the surrounding park for the wife of Frederick William, the Great Elector, created. Service. However, the castle changed hands several times. Over time it was used as a weaving mill, as a chemical factory, as a barracks and as a police training center. The once dreamlike castle park with its orchards was badly affected. In 2009, the park got its original shape back and since then you can stroll through the magnificent grounds again. The large garden is open daily and the entrance fee is € 3,00 for adults and € 1,50 for children. Thanks to several beautiful playgrounds, the visit is a real experience even for little hikers.With the S1 you can drive every 20 minutes from Berlin to Oranienburg. It goes to the last stop and already on the way you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. From the train station it goes directly to the castle. You cross the Havel and enter the castle garden shortly thereafter. Here you can easily spend several hours and make a leisurely break in the Schlosspark Café. There is also a miniature golf course and the Schlosspark library. Visitors can borrow reading materials for free here. After your stay in the castle garden, it goes over a small dangling along the Havel back to the train station Oranienburg.
The today's landscape park heart mountains was originally the large manor of the protestant hospital heart mountains. At the time of the GDR the area was handed over to the VEG horticulture. From now on flowers and shrubs were bred in large greenhouses and open spaces. Already in the late 1980s, the horticultural business was closed and the area fell noticeably. It was only in 2010 that the ramshackle terrain was awakened from its slumber and today it is used again as a sustainable farm. Between orchards live more than 80 sheep and in winter even Scottish highland cattle. The area is freely accessible, so that you can enjoy nature in the middle of the city between meadows and pastures.The S5, S7 and S75 lines run every 10 minutes to the Friedrichsfelde Ost S-Bahn station, the starting point of your hike. From there you walk on the grounds of the central cemetery Friedrichsfelde to the landscape park. At the entrance are still some of the old greenhouses, which are used again today for the cultivation of plants. Like many old buildings from the GDR era, they exude a special charm. Then it goes on leisurely paths through the beautifully landscaped park. If you are lucky, the sheep will come to the fence sometimes, otherwise you will just watch them from afar while grazing and romping. At the north end of the park stands the impressive brick building of the hospital. The former farm buildings of the manor are today renovated and are inhabited. After you have extensively strolled through the park, it goes back to the S-Bahn station Friedrichsfelde East.
On the south shore of the picturesque Schwielowsee you will find a very special garden geminode: the bonsai garden in Ferch. The small garden was designed in the style of Japanese temple gardens and takes you on a trip to the Far East. When you enter the beautiful resort, you quickly forget to be in Brandenburg. Bushy pines, maple leaves and small ponds surround a Japanese tea house. Here you can drink a green tea on the terrace and enjoy the unique peace. Anyone interested in bonsai will be thrilled as well. Some of the small trees are already several hundred years old and are as venerable as their great relatives. The best way to enjoy the visit to the Bonsai garden with a circular walk around the Schwielowsee.With the S7 you drive every 10 minutes to Potsdamer Hauptbahnhof. There you climb into the RB23, which brings you to the starting point of your hike. At the station Caputh-Geltow you start your tour and wander on the eastern shore of the Schwielowsee to Ferch. The trail leads along the reed-covered shore and through small wooded areas. On the edge of Ferch you can explore the bonsai garden. Although the facility is quite small, you can spend a lot of time here and soak up the unique atmosphere. From the bonsai garden you walk along the lake via Petzow back towards Caputh. From the station Caputh-Geltow you finally travel again with the regional train RB23 and the S7 back to Berlin.
In the 1830s, the Royal Prussian Forest Academy moved from Berlin to Eberswalde. Outside of the growing city, it promised a better learning environment for the students. With the move also the Forstbotanische garden was founded. The garden is home to more than 1,200 plants from around the world and is still used today as a teaching garden. The garden is divided into regions so you can explore plants from Europe, from different mountain worlds, from Asia and from Africa. The complex is open daily from nine o'clock and costs no entrance fee.The regional express RE3 and the regional train RB24 take you directly from Berlin to Eberswalde. From the train station you walk a bit through the city and shortly afterwards you reach the Forstbotan garden. Here you can quietly explore the park between the big trees, shrubs and giant box hummocks. After your visit to the Forstbotan garden, you will cycle along the narrow river Schwarzer through the adjacent forest. On pleasant forest trails, you finally hike over the Brunnenberge back to the central station Eberswalde.