We’ve been walking around Berlin for a couple of days now-about 12 miles average per day. It’s the most I’ve ever walked in a week, let alone each day. My feet are killing me but the sights are really worth it. Berlin seems incredibly huge compared to New York City and the open spaces are plentiful. While not all the parks are well maintained (sometimes intentionally), there are still so many merits to them.
We’ve visited parts of Tiergarten, a mix of naturally overgrown areas combined with well-maintained gardens within. This place is huge! Walking through it reminded me of Central Park, although it’s definitely different. The areas are less manicured, and not nearly as much maintenance going into it as Central Park has. There are also no designated bike lanes within the park, and no regular motor vehicular access.
Everywhere in Berlin, there are so many examples of the community incorporating green design into their everyday lives. The paving in driveways are pervious surfaces, with some even having grass sections. Some homes have their recycling and trash bins underneath a “roof” of succulents-a neat idea!
Exploring this vast city is a lot of fun and convenient with its clean, straightforward public transportation system. Everywhere is connected seemingly, and no site is too far to visit within the day.
We also visited an exhibition forest, Wald. Berlin. Klima. It was interesting to see the different perspectives used within the real life proportions of the space and living nature. I included some pictures below, along with some of the signs that explained the meanings behind the separate exhibitions.