The Tiergarten in Berlin is a city park in the centre of Berlin. The large park is the city’s most important “green lung”. The Tiergarten is several kilometres long in an east-west direction.
The Tiergarten Park in Berlin
The Berlin Tiergarten is not, as many think, a zoo or animal park, but a green space. However, the Berlin Zoo is directly southwest of the Tiergarten on the other side of the Landwehr Canal. Since the Berlin Zoo has been lacking space for a long time, the Stadtpark Tierpark ceded part of its area to the zoo a few years ago.
However, the zoo is huge and has hardly lost any of its quality as a result. The zoo was created by princes and kings in past centuries as a hunting ground for red deer and other animals. Hence the name of the park.
The zoo consists of extensive wooded areas, parkland, lakes and green spaces. In summer, many Berliners hold picnics and barbecue parties on the lawns. A long road tunnel runs under the Tiergarten, the Tiergartentunnel, about 3 kilometres long, which has greatly relieved the park of traffic since its completion. Nevertheless, some major roads unfortunately still run through the Tiergarten. These meet in the middle of the park at a large roundabout, the Großer Stern. In the middle of the roundabout stands a gigantic and famous monument – the Victory Column.
It was in the Tiergarten that the two famous German communists Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were assassinated in January 1919. Karl Liebknecht in the middle of the Tiergarten at Neuer See, Rosa Luxemburg at the Landwehrkanal between Tierpark and Zoo Berlin. A memorial plaque commemorates each (see picture below).
Monument in the Tiergarten
The Landwehr Canal is the southern end of the Tiergarten. Today, the canal has lost most of its function as a freight waterway. However, similar to the Spree, the Landwehrkanal is used by many pleasure boats carrying hundreds of tourists. The canal runs through many other interesting areas of Berlin, such as Kreuzberg.
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Sights in and around Tiergarten Berlin
Bellevue Palace: The seat of the Federal President, more information
Victory Column: One of the most important monuments in Germany in a roundabout (Großer Stern) in the middle of Tiergarten Park. The landmark Victory Column was completed by Heinrich Strack in 1873.
Gardens: Various gardens such as the Rose Garden or the English Garden Berlin.
Michael Jackson Tree: Memorial to the pop musician.
Soviet Memorial of Honour: World War II memorial, veery big
Other monuments: Memorial to Richard Wagner, Memorial to Friedrich Wilhelm III, Bismarck Memorial, the Amazon on horseback and several more
There are also lakes, playgrounds, beer gardens and restaurants in Berlin Zoo