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Once the site of one of Berlin's main railway stations, the whole area was reduced to rubble during the War and remained that way until being transformed into a park during the 1980s. The eighties weren't known for their beautiful landscape gardens, as is clear from this example, but Görlitzer Park is full of life and is a popular weekend retreat for Kreuzberg's multi-ethnic community, when it becomes a football field, a dance floor, a picnic spot and meeting place for families and friends. The only architectural feature worthy of mention is the Pamukkal Turkish fountain. Built in 1998, the fountain has recently been turned off due to technical problems. Typical!
SommerLager is a children's camp brings kids from all over Berlin together for summertime activities and events. A drug- and alcohol-free establishment, it offers an alternative to mischief during the idle summer months. Kids participate in a range of activities, such as music workshops and hiking excursions, while learning the value of cooperation and teamwork. The camp also hosts many different events throughout the summer that are open to the public.
Take a walk through some of the most beautiful nature lanes in Berlin and admire the thousands of exotic plants species and flower meadows of the Späth-Arboretum. Founded by notable German botanist Franz Ludwig Späth in 1879, it has grown considerably in the last two centuries and today boasts of 1200 ornamental trees, 4000 species of plants along with a aromatic, herbal, medicinal and rock garden. It is currently owned and maintained by the Natural Sciences and Biology department of the Humboldt University of Berlin who organize guided tours, educational activities, special exhibitions, summer concerts and festivals throughout the year at the arboretum. Styled like a Victorian English garden, it is a perfect location for a romantic walk and a must visit attraction for nature enthusiasts.
A broad park located between the districts of Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Tempelhof, Hasenheide offers a host of attractions for the whole family, including wildlife enclosures, rose gardens, children's playgrounds, a mini-golf course and an open-air cinema. Several lawns, separated from one another by long lines of trees, are perfect for a summer picnic, kite flying or a game of football with the locals. The park is particularly popular with the Turkish community who meet here during the weekends for lavish barbecues, as well as with groups of musicians jamming under the birches.
Located within Tempelhof Field, Gemeinschaftsgarten Allmende-Kontor is an urban garden established in the year 2011. The place acts as a recreation hub for all age groups, children fancy picnics while the old people like to have a walk in greenery. This place is a common garden and is known for it's inter-cultural decor and it's co-existence. The garden spreads across 5000 square meters (53820 square feet) and employs around 500 people. This place is a must visit if you are in Berlin.
If you enter Volkspark Hasenheide at the south entrance, you'll soon notice a couple of strange wooden objects behind a fence on your left hand side. These are original reconstructions of early gymnastic equipment which the 19th century politician, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), constructed here to beef up young Germans. Heading further up the hill, you'll come across a memorial to Jahn. It's slightly neglected, but nonetheless interesting. Dozens of marble slates surround the pedestal—these are greetings from Jahn's followers from all over the world—from Rio de Janeiro and Massachusetts, as well as from tiny little German villages which no one has ever heard of. Don't miss the park after visiting the memorial!