Volkspark Friedrichshain

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Volkspark Friedrichshain information

Berlin , Germany
Address
Street bounded by Am Friedrichshain, Friedenstrasse, Danziger Strasse & Landsberger Allee
Getting there
bus 200
tram M5, M6, M8 & M10
subway Schillingstrasse
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Lonely Planet review

Berlin’s oldest public park has provided relief from urbanity since 1840, but has been hilly only since the late 1940s when wartime debris was piled up here to create two 'mountains', the taller one (Mont Klamott) rising 78m high. Diversions include expansive lawns for lazing, tennis courts, a half-pipe for skaters, a couple of handily placed beer gardens and an outdoor cinema.

Kids in tow? There are imaginatively themed playgrounds and the enchanting 1913 Märchenbrunnen , where turtles and frogs frolic in terraced water basins flanked by Cinderella, Snow White and other Brothers Grimm stars.

If you have a soft spot for revolutionaries, visit the park’s communist-era memorial sites. Along Friedenstrasse, the Denkmal der Spanienkämpfer pays respect to the German members of the International Brigades who died in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Off Landsberger Allee is the Friedhof der Märzgefallenen , a cemetery for the victims of the revolutionary riots in March 1848 with an exhibit providing historical background. Finally, in the northeastern corner, the Denkmal des Polnischen Soldaten und des deutschen Antifaschisten honours the joint fight of Polish soldiers and the German resistance against the Nazis.