Erholungspark Marzahn

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“Garten der vier Ströme”, (garden of the four streams) Erholungspark Marzahn

Berlins most beautiful garden is not – as one could imagine – a castle garden or the botanical garden, no it is the Erholungspark Marzahn. The Erholungspark Marzahn doesn’t provide a spectacular view onto Berlins rivers Spree or Dahme – often reserved only to Berlins “(economic) elite” – but provides instead of a view onto the old eastgerman claddings of Marzahn.


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The garden is relatively new and part of a project which is intended to ameliorate the living conditions of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. In the last elections for the parliament of Berlin the NPD – a party which is extremely right wing managed to gain enough votes to join the city parliament of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. So there is not only need for nature but also for education.

The Erholungspark Marzahn hosts – by now – already 5 little international gardens:

  • The chinese garden – a present of Berlins Partner city Bejing from 2000, called: garden of the regained moon

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(as one can see the chinese garden is a popular background for film crews)

  • the japanese garden called: “garden of the merging waters”
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    The japanese garden by the way was designed by the same Zen monk (I cant find his name right now), who already did the design of the garden of the metropolitan university in Tokyo, located at Minami Osawa.

  • the balinese garden which is in a glasshouse and called: “garden of the three harmonies:”
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    (currently the socalled Fledermauslilie or Teufelsblume (bat-lily or devils flower) is in full bloom)

  • the oriental garden called “garden of the four streams” (see topmost images)
  • and finally the korean garden called “garden of Seoul“, which is a present of the city of Seoul:
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    However the park/garden is not only a museum but hosts -among others- (see images below) :

    • a labyrinth (to be opened next year, below image with the claddings of Marzahn in the background)
    • various playgrounds for young and old,
    • a fairytale garden for children
    • and finally – very important –

    • various foodstands

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    update 27.2.2016:
    Its been about ten years since this entry had been written. Meanwhile Erholungspark Marzahn had turned kind of ugly Disney park like companion piece. I have basically ceased to go there.

    update 19.4.2016:
    It should also be mentioned that the current operator Berlin Grün GmbH is involved in a questionable deal in the context of Schloss Biesdorf (public funding of 500.000 Euro per year by the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf). Moreover there is unfortunately an unclear connection of Grün GmbH and the destruction of a 120 year old pub building – an important community space.
    In addition allegedly for the International garden exhibition (IGA) the territory of the Erholungspark was enlarged and last year a huge recreational public space (a whole hill) was fenced. There are two protest initiatives against this fencing off of free of entry public space (links: here and here). It is apparently not clear (?) wether this fencing will be taken back after the IGA is over. A main sponsor of IGA is the company Nestle.

    The hill had been used for hiking and skiing and it hosted Marzahns most popular and basically one and only big sledging hill.

    One Response to “Erholungspark Marzahn”

    1. Dzingiz von Knospe Says:

      They have that great outlet Tama Osawa at Minami Osawa,

      http://www.lalaport.co.jp/english/sc/sc_detail.html?id=op_tama

      or

      http://www.31op.com/english/#tama

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