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Green Oasis in the City Center: Tiergarten Park in Berlin (Germany)

Stand by me lyrics carved in a tree in Tiergarten park in Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s Tiergarten is a park so vast and lush that it’s easy to forget that you’re right in the center of a metropolis. The beer garden, rental boats and countless statues are reminders you’re not lost in the woods.

The park Tiergarten (“animal garden”) is located in the district of the same name in former West Berlin. It was first established as hunting grounds for royalty in 1527 – hence the name. You can reach it by walking right into it after visiting famous sites like Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), Reichstag, and the Siegessäule (Victory Statue). Or you can get there via several train stations, like Tiergarten station on the west end or Potsdamer Platz on the east end.

Don’t confuse Tiergarten with Tierpark (“animal park”), which is the zoo in former East Berlin, or you’ll end up on the other side of town. Of course, just to mess with you, the other big Berlin zoo is on the westside of Tiergarten; that one is called Zoologischer Garten.

Strasse des 17. Juni
Strasse des 17. Juni cuts through Tiergarten and leads to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate).

The area of Tiergarten covers 210 hectares (520 acres). Until the long-closed airport Tempelhof was declared a city park a few years ago, Tiergarten was the second largest city park in Germany (after Munich’s Englischer Garten). The park features many trails, ponds, part of the Landwehrkanal (a channel), densely wooded areas and sunny clearings. It’s dissected by several streets, most recognizable the Strasse des 17. Juni, along which you can find the Siegessäule and the Brandburger Tor.

Café am Neuen See and boat rental in Tiergarten, Berlin.
Café am Neuen See and boat rental in Tiergarten, Berlin.

There are several places in the park, where you can buy food and drinks, like the popular Café am Neuen See. But since there are no rules in Germany against drinking alcohol in public spaces, you can bring and consume any beverages of your choice. You can also grill and be completely nude in the park.

Unlike the often overcrowded party-type parks, like Goerlitzer Park and Volkspark Friedrichshain, Tiergarten seems much more mellow, cool, green, and lush. Losing yourself among the woods is a real treat, especially on a hot day. You might even see some rabbits and maybe even a fox… 

Green meadow in Tiergarten in Berlin - Happier Place
There’s a refreshing green meadow waiting just for you out there…
Tiergarten Tree
Tiergarten Tree
Swan on one of the many ponds and waterways in Tiergarten park, Berlin.
Swan on one of the many ponds and waterways in Tiergarten park, Berlin.
Fall colors in the middle of summer in Berlin.
Fall colors in the middle of summer in Berlin.
Beethoven-Haydn-Mozart Memorial reflected in a pond in the Tiergarten park.
Beethoven-Haydn-Mozart Memorial reflected in a pond in the Tiergarten park.
Mozart and always-grumpy-looking Beethoven visible while Haydn is hiding in Tiergarten.
Mozart and always-grumpy-looking Beethoven visible while Haydn is hiding.
Lovely musical ladies in Tiergarten, Berlin.
Lovely musical ladies in Tiergarten, Berlin.
For the love of reading. Detail from the Goethe Memorial in Tiergarten, Germany.
For the love of reading. Detail from the Goethe Memorial.
Relaxing in Tiergarten, the refreshing green oasis in the center of Berlin.
Relaxing in Tiergarten, the refreshing green oasis in the center of Berlin.
The "Goldelse" atop the Siegessäule (Victory Column) stands in a big roundabout in the middle of Tiergarten.
The “Goldelse” atop the Siegessäule (Victory Column) stands in a big roundabout in the middle of Tiergarten.
Ivy grows over a sailboat painting. Nature takes back... at Schleusenkrug, a restaurant inside Tiergarten.
Nature takes back… at Schleusenkrug, a restaurant inside Tiergarten.
Lyrics of "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King carved into a tree in the Berlin park Tiergarten.
Lyrics of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King carved into a tree in the Berlin park Tiergarten.

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All photos in this post were taken by Luci Westphal. By clicking on an individual image you can see a larger version – and even purchase a print if you’re so inclined.


Have you ever been to Tiergarten? Do you have a park near you? Do you have a favorite city park experience? Please tell us and the other readers about it in the comment section and keep inspiring others to take a break, go outside and have fun. 

2 thoughts on “Green Oasis in the City Center: Tiergarten Park in Berlin (Germany)

  1. Wonderful tour of parks, water landscape & nature. Tune will be in my head the rest of the day. Thanks for yet another wonderful tour of some of Berlin.

    1. Thank you, Ellie. So glad you enjoyed the photos.

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