Join me for a tour I’ve been working on but haven’t shared with anyone yet.
It covers three distinctly different parks in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. Please bring your bike and about 2 hours of time. There will be cobblestones, some hilly terrain, and unpaved paths.
Tour ends on Heinrich-Roller-Str/Prenzlauer Allee - and, if you like, a drink & chat at Café Hilde on Metzer Str/Prenzlauer Allee afterwards.
Meeting Point: 6pm at Zeiss Planetarium - Prenzlauer Allee 80 - 10405 Berlin
Please email me or leave a comment to reserve your spot, thanks!
Went for a ride through the park this morning. Built from 1846-48, it has been changed, destroyed, and restored since. From the 1950’s through late 90’s it even had a huge swim stadium which held up to 8,000 people. Four columns of the former entrance are all that’s left.
And lots of open space.
The park, named after former Communist party leader Ernst Thälmann, was built in the mid 80’s. The spot used to be the site of a coal gas plant. Its highly contaminated ground had to be cleared after reports of people in the neighborhood suffering from related health problems.
Usually I just speed through this park to get to or from work. It is a nice stretch of green in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg. Yesterday I finally paused after spotting a bridge through the trees. Dragonflies abound & a heron landing on the lake.
Another reminder to look past dominating monuments, like the massive statue of Ernst Thälmann next to Greifswalder Straße.