Relaxing in the city
Boasting more than 2,500 public parks and recreational areas, Berlin is one of Europe’s greenest cities. The Tiergarten, a large park with a romantic lake in the middle, can be found right in the heart of the city. Locals and visitors alike take full advantage of the many green spaces in other parts of the city, too: these include the Tempelhofer Freiheit, Britzer Garten, Volkspark Friedrichshain and the Gardens of the World in Marzahn. Berlin also offers plenty of opportunities for waterside rest and relaxation: the Havel and Spree rivers and the Teltow and Landwehr canals meander through the city, their banks being the perfect place to unwind. Berlin with all its greenery is a particular delight in the summer: take a stroll through Grunewald forest on a warm summer’s evening, drop in at a beer garden or wander through the gardens of Charlottenburg Palace. Recreational areas such as Müggelsee lake, Pfaueninsel island and the bays along the Havelchaussee can easily be explored on foot, by bike or by boat. Lakes such as Schlachtensee and Krumme Lanke are a good place to go ice skating in the winter, and when it snows it is even possible to go sledging on the local slopes.