|So this is Marzahn|
But that's not all it is. More and more people flee the "cool" neighborhoods of Berlin as rents go up, creating pockets of hip in the outskirts of the city. This is leading to a rediscovery of places that were once written off. We're hoping our area of Wedding undergoes a bit of this transformation, (although gentrification is always contentious in Berlin). We would simply be happy with less drug deals in the entry to our building.
Every neighborhood really does have something special to offer. And there is plenty to love about Marzahn. Finding Berlin's writer, Matthias, took a series of honestly beautiful pictures of his hometown kiez in "So you’ve already heard about Marzahn…"
But what spurred this writing about the neighborhood? My first visit as Ian surprised me with a day out in the Gärten der Welt.
Gärten der WeltGärten der Welt (Gardens of the World) is large park with Chinese, Japanese, Balinese, Italian Renaissance and Korean gardens. There is also a labyrinth modeled on Hampton Court Palace and Chartres Cathedral.
Inaugurated in 1987 on the 750th anniversary of Berlin's division, the park covers 24 hectare. We wandered the park on one of the first sunny days for several hours. We got an ice cream cone, wandered the expansive grounds, saw not 1 but three (!) weddings. The place is just gorgeous, and perfect for a meaningless wander. If we had been more prepared we would have brought in a picnic as we saw many happy families enjoying a place in the grass.
|We saw at least 3 bridal parties|
|Success! First burns of the summer|
Admission: April to October: 3.00 Euro - free for Children
Middle of November to the middle of March: 2.00 Euro
Address: Eisenacher Strasse 99, 12685 Berlin
Hours: Nov-Feb: 09:00-16:00; Apr-Sep: 09:00-20:00; Mar & Oct: 09:00-18:00.
Opening hours of the Japanese, Oriental and Korean Garden vary.
*NOTE: This post may give the impression that the city is dangerous and it simply is not. One of the sad things about the US and one of the great things about German is that our "nice" neighborhood of Queen Anne in Seattle had a higher rate of violent crime than our "dangerous" section of Berlin. The city has the problems of any large metropolis, but in general it is very safe.