Pleasureground Klein-Glienicke 2012, Foto: Andreas F. E. Bernhard, Creative Commons, Bearbeitung bdla
The history of the city is a history of its parks. Garden art and open space are a reflection of political systems, civic engagement, aesthetic models and economic conditions in Berlin. Learn to read this side of Berlin.
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A walk through Berlin is also a walk through the history of garden art. From the ideals of the 18th century Enlightenment, which are reflected in the Great Tiergarten, or the gardens of the Prussian state such as the - newly interpreted - Lustgarten on Museum Island, these traces extend right up to the present day. It is not without reason that Berlin is one of the most important places for the preservation of garden monuments. The ideas of classicism in the 19th century are inscribed in the city's open space, as is the first people's park - Volkspark Friedrichshain.
The housing estates of the early decades of the 20th century, together with their gardens, bear witness to the ideals of modernism; today they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The great urban ideals are also reflected in the open spaces - as in the former Stalinallee - and the nature park Südgelände bears witness to the latest orientations towards sustainability and urban nature. And best of all: all these testimonies to history are usable open spaces today. Gardens and parks that carry history in them offer relaxation and recreation in the present.