Before becoming Berlin’s most enormous and popular park, the Groβer Tiergarten Park (big game park) originally functioned as private royal hunting ground dating back as far as the 16th century. Friederich the Great opened the first public gardens in 1740, and since then monuments, memorials, and sites have been incorporated throughout the serene green spaces. The park’s most centrally located and famous monument, the Victory Column, acts as anchor to the five major streets branching out through the park, creating an asymmetric star-shape from above.
Book-ended by the Brandenburg Gate to the east and Technische Universitat Berlin to the west, the park has maps periodically placed around so tourists seeking specific sites can plan strategic routes. Join the sun-kissed nudists lazing around Neuer See, or opt to rent the rowboats for €5 per half hour. Refuel after a gravel-trail run with a grilled rumpsteak and Hacker-Pschorr for €26,30 at the relatively pricey Café am Neuen See Biergarten, or read a book inside one of the ivy-covered gazebos in the Rosengarten. Whatever you do, wear your walking shoes and prepare to be rejuvenated with each step as you leave the sounds, smells, and stresses of city life behind.
Address: Strasse des 17. Juni, 10785 Tiergarten
Nearest Public Transportation Stop: S Tiergarten: S5, S7, S75
Hours: Open continuously to the public