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This green oasis where part of the Wall once stood now beckons travellers and locals on sunny spring afternoons.
After the long, oppressive ordeal of winter, Berliners in spring are ready to take advantage of sunshiny days in just about every way possible. For some, that means barbecuing or flying kites on Tempelhofer Feld. For others, it might mean drinking a sundowner on Admiralsbrücke in Kreuzberg and watching the street buskers perform. On weekends, however, few places in the city are as glorious or emblematic of Berlin as this sprawling park.
Think you have what it takes to belt out Atemlos durch die Nacht in front of a massive crowd? On Sunday afternoons during the summer, amateur vocalists of all stripes gather to show off their chops at this free karaoke session. Be warned: the sound system packs a punch, meaning strangers all over the park are likely to hear you.
Community gardens are hardly a unique phenomenon to Berlin, but in many ways they perfectly embody the bohemian spirit that still lives on in the Hauptstadt. Berlin may be less broke than it was back in its “poor but sexy” days shortly after the Wall came down, but many locals remain staunchly committed to giving something back to their neighbours even without monetary gain. Some use their petite plot of land to grow organic vegetables for themselves, while others raise flowers or decorative plants to make the world a slightly more beautiful place.
While Berlin may not be as famous for beer gardens as the Bavarian capital to the south, its residents still love to down a Maß (one-litre) on a summer afternoon. Only open on Sundays, this frills-free beer garden is as rustic as they come. You won’t find fancy fare here, but with cold brews and oversized pretzels, it has everything you need.
You never know what you might find at this weekly market, where vendors sell everything from handicrafts to textiles and jewellery. There’s also plenty of delicious things to eat, ranging from the classics—currywurst and all manner of other sausages—to newfangled vegan or gluten-free creations.