The Tiergarten is the oldest and most important park in Berlin, designed over the course of more than 500 years. It is also often described as Berlins ‘green heart’ because of its central location. It’s huge. With its diverse structural and decorative elements, it is a cultural-historical testimony of national importance. It is closely connected with the urban development and history of Berlin over centuries and has always been open and accessible since the middle of the 18th century as a recreation park for promenades, walks and other activities of the population.
In all epochs since its foundation, it has also been closely linked to Prussian-German history and Berlin’s development as a place of historical events. At the same time, it is testimony to the centuries of continuity of an extraordinary will to perform in the field of garden art. In addition to the important Prussian garden architects such as Knobelsdorff and Lenné, the planned gardens, the new and redesigned gardens and the difficult entertainment measures are associated with the most outstanding representatives of the traditional Berlin-Potsdam gardener dynasties, whose work is decisively influenced by the wishes and ideas of their respective rulers.
All of that doesn’t necessarily really matter though for the residents that use the recreational areas to jog, walk or simply get from one end of the district to the other. It’s especially nice to take a Spaziergang in the winter, when everything is eerily quiet and the reflection of the white snow lights up the night.