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Changing of the Seasons in Berlin’s Tiergarten

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

Our first full day in Berlin began with an emotional visit to the Topography of Terror museum. After that, none of us were quite ready to jump back into sight-seeing mode straight away, so we walked to the Tiergarten, one of Berlin’s largest city parks, for an hour or two of wandering along the pathways, stopping every so often to people-watch and rest our legs on an open bench. Our timing couldn’t have been better. The changing of the seasons seemed to be at its peak creating the perfect mixture of autumnal greens, yellows, and golds throughout the park.

In other words, combine the beauty of the park with the gorgeous late-October color scheme and you have the perfect conditions for me to take at least triple the amount of photos necessary. And so, today’s post will be dominated by the photos rather than my usually wordy ramblings. Nature always speaks bolder in photos than words, anyway. At least when I’m the one doing the talking!

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

I loved wandering along the paths that stretched around the park’s lakes and ponds, but the most interesting part of the park, for me, was the Global Stone Garden. Here, a German artist has arranged five stones that he collected from the continents (Antarctica isn’t represented for obvious reasons, and the Americas have been combined into one) and brought back here to Berlin on his sailboat. Each stone represents a step towards peace – awakening (Europe), hope (Africa), forgiveness (Asia), love (America), and peace (Australia) – and each has a sister stone that was left behind on the continent it came from. He has aligned the five on their continents of origin in such a way that, once a year (21 June), they reflect the sun’s light back to it, which then connects with the light from the five in Berlin into a single beam, at noon, representing a united mankind. (If that actually works, then big high five to the artist! Even if it doesn’t, it’s still a beautiful project.)

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

On our last day in Berlin, when we found ourselves with a little extra time before we needed to hop on our plane back to London, we asked Lexie what she wanted to do, and she immediately said, Go to the Tiergarten! She was either so adamant about her choice because she wanted to play in the leaves some more, or because the Tiergarten is one of the only places where it’s easy to find a place to sit down in Berlin. We do a lot of walking on these city breaks.

We got lucky with the weather in Berlin. Even though it was chilly and overcast most days, we didn’t have to deal with any rain. This was a good thing because we found ourselves spending a surprising amount of time outdoors on this trip. In addition to the Tiergarten, our walking tour, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and the East Side Gallery were also all completely outdoors. We’d have been spending a lot more time inside the museums if the weather hadn’t been so agreeable!

If you’re planning to visit the Tiergarten, be sure not to miss seeing the Global Stone Garden, the Victory Column, or the German Composers monument – there’s a beautiful little lake by that, a great spot for an outdoor lunch break. And if you get the chance, eat at the biergarten and restaurant on Neuer See Lake. That was one of our favorites when trying out Berlin’s food scene!

Großer Tiergarten: Website
Address: Straße des 17. Juni, 10785 Berlin

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The Tiergarten: One Of Berlin's Prettiest Public Parks

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  • Jeremiah
    April 26, 2015 at 4:08 AM

    I’m a college student at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, and I have been chosen to spend two weeks in Berlin, Prague, and Vienna this coming October with veterans from the Cold War. Seeing these photos makes me even more excited than I already was, if that isn’t possible! Such a beautiful city!

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      What an honor, Jeremiah! It sounds like a trip of a lifetime! Berlin is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I have no doubt you’ll love it, too. This October will be my first visit to Prague – I’m so excited to see it, especially in the autumn!

  • Jessi @2feet1world
    February 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Beautiful colours, and that stone garden is such a lovely idea!

  • rorybore
    January 28, 2015 at 4:54 AM

    so much pretty. I don’t even want to mess it up with words.

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    January 24, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Autumn is hands-down my favourite season – and what a beautiful place to enjoy it!

  • Emmymom
    January 23, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Love your pictures, the angles, the colors, perfect!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    January 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Fall really is such a photogenic season! I was stuck at the library for most of fall and so I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I would have liked, but next year! ;) I’m sure you’re going to take some wonderful pictures once spring rolls around as well! Love the picture of Lexie throwing the leaves!

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons
    January 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Gorgeous colours! I love the frolicking in the leaves photo! It looks like she is having a blast! xx

  • Katrin
    January 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Everything looks so beautiful in autumn. You really had a great timing, the pictures are so wonderful. I love the stone idea! Don’t know if that really works but I like the idea behind it!

  • Veronica
    January 19, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Bit of a random thought but…’Pedro’? Not the name I would expect to see carved into a German tree!

    Photos are beautiful as usually. I particularly love that last one with the bright green grass. Oh how I’d love to sit there and read a book!

    • Sarah Shumate
      January 23, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      Ha! That’s why I took the photo! Probably not too many Germans named Pedro…

  • Irene @ Away from Tenerife
    January 19, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I love autumn colours, no matter where! Your photos are so beautiful and Berlin Tiergarten looks like a beautiful park, great for a walk. I like the one with the inscription on the tree – both my father and brother are called Pedro :p

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    January 19, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I love wandering through gardens. And oh my! Those Fall colors! Gorgeous!! The global stone garden sounds really neat!! So glad you enjoyed Berlin so much!!