According to Berlin’s website, there are more than 2,500 public parks in the city, and though I have been to a handful of them, until last week I’d never visited Volkspark Friedrichshain. But people like Travels of Adam are always talking about how great it is, so when we had a few hours before sunset on Sunday, it seemed like a good spot to visit, considering how close it was and the fact that it allowed us to spend some precious daylight hours outside.
The park is actually Berlin’s oldest, as well as the third-largest, and the vast amount of space made it so that there were plenty of people in the park but still lots of room to wander around and explore. Admittedly, it was rather ugly, but considering it’s the middle of winter and the trees are bare and fountains turned off, that was to be expected. We wandered from the M10 tram stop, through the grassy areas with slackliners, bikers, and runners, up one of the hills, past the Polish war monument, along the little pond, and out by the famous Märchenbrunnen. It wasn’t the most exciting visit, but I can see how a warm summer day might make Volkspark Friedrichshain the perfect destination.