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Britzer Garten attracts numerous visitors to its 90-hectare (222.39-acre) well-manicured space. At the garden, each season showcases a variety of flowers. A colorful riot of tulips bloom during April, while numerous roses and daffodils blossom in June and September respectively. Besides offering a visual treat with this wonderful lush landscape, the garden also hosts various concerts, events and sporting activities that engage people of all ages.

The botanical garden and botanic museum's large and sedate park in the southwest of Berlin provides the perfect respite to a hard day's slog through the hectic inner-city. One can admire the English gardens and a collection of flora from all over Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is also worth taking a look inside one or two of the huge tropical greenhouses. Visitors shouldn't miss the unique Botanical Museum at the entrance.

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 fairy tale characters. The park is Berlin's oldest, as it was first constructed in 1840.

Stretching from the Brandenburg Gate in the east to Zoo Station in the west, Tiergarten park is one of Europe's largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. Originally conceived as a hunting ground for Prussian kings, the Tiergarten was transformed into a romantic landscape garden in the early 19th Century by Peter Joseph Lenne, who designed a series of winding paths, lakes, bridges, sculptures and flower beds. The park was devastated in the World War II and during subsequent winters. Replanted in the mid-20th Century, the Tiergarten is now as beautiful as it ever was and very popular with locals and visitors alike.

Situated on the banks of the River Spree, the Lustgarten, which literally translates to 'pleasure garden', at Museumsinsel was created in 1573 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. 60 years ago, what remained of the garden was uprooted to provide space for Nazi parades and rallies. 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. 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.

Located in the northern districts of Wedding and Reinickendorf, this large city park boasts broad lawns, pretty ponds, well-equipped children's playgrounds and wildlife enclosures with wild boars, deer, sheep, goats, hens and geese. A perfect spot for a summertime picnic, there's plenty to do for all the family. The Rehberge is an ideal place for flying kites, and also contains a miniature toboggan run which is open in the winter months.

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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