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Best Outdoor Activities in Berlin

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When it comes time to take a grand tour of Berlin, leave behind the bustling traffic and take to the streets on a bike trip. Because of its many back roads and quiet neighborhoods, this rich and varied city is best explored by bike. With Berlin on Bike, you can choose from the various tours, from a trip to the Berlin Wall to a romantic and scenic evening ride. Each of the tours is geared toward a different audience, so you are sure to find something to suit your needs - just hop on board and hope for some fine weather!

Insulaner (Berg) is a “pile of rubbish” or an “artificial hill” made from the rubbish that was accumulated when Berlin was bombed during World War II. The rubbish was piled high in the center of what is now a park, and has since become a sloping man-made hill. Despite its violent past, today the hill is a favored spot for sledding and skiing during the winter. A planetarium and observatory sits atop the hill.

Volkspark Friedrichshain is perfect for relaxing after work or for chilling out on the weekend. The park has attractive grounds, a number of lakes, ponds and fountains as well as several different children's playgrounds. The Märchenbrunnen is the park's most original element, with the fountains featuring sculptures of German fairy tale characters. The park is Berlin's oldest, as it was first constructed in 1840.

Situated on the banks of the River Spree, the Lustgarten, which literally translates to 'pleasure garden', at Museumsinsel was created in the 16th century as a garden for the Hohenzollern royal family (the former Royal Palace was situated close by). In the 18th Century, Friedrich Wilhelm I turned it into a military parade ground. The historic garden was re-landscaped in 2000 according to original plans and is once again full of lawns, fountains and bushes. It is a wonderful spot for a stroll or picnic on a sunny afternoon.

Situated in the northern district of Wedding, Volkspark Humboldthain is a popular weekend hang-out spot for the people in the city. The park features varied terrain, with tall trees surrounding long stretches of lawn, and a steep hill rising in the middle of the park. The hill is made of wartime rubble and is the park's main attraction. Several paths wind up to the top, where breathless visitors are rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding city. The park also contains other attractions such as an outdoor swimming pool and a Baroque garden.

FEZ Wuhlheide is a large family-friend center and park with wildlife enclosures, swimming pools, playgrounds, a market garden, skateboard pipes, sports fields, and more. Older children can drive a train through the park and check the tickets themselves. FEZ Wuhlheide is known for being a place for creative play, fun and recreation. A covered area offers exhibitions and other events. FEZ Wuhlheide also hosts events geared towards kids, such as the Schultüte Festival, Puppet Festival, or the Children's Film Festival.

Rising 115 meters (377 feet) over Grunewald forest, Teufelsberg offers wonderful panoramic views over Berlin and the surrounding region. Created from the debris which lay all over the city after the World War II, the hill is topped by a futuristic white building which currently abandoned, but used to be the US army radar base during the Cold War. The hill has now become a popular destination for adults and children out flying their kites or model aircraft. As it is extremely steep in places, Teufelsberg is also fantastic for sledging down in the winter. Although there’s no general access to the hill, you can get to the top of the hill by going on a guided tour.

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.

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