Photos by Anthony

Berlin’s parks are truly used as backyards, especially by its residents who have no balconies—us included. On nice evenings or weekend afternoons we go to the little park by our flat, but sometimes I crave bigger, lusher spaces. The Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park (250 acres), has streams, ponds, and meadows—as well as Biergartens and a Zoo.

If you want to picnic in the Tiergarten but you don’t have a bicycle (or if you are carrying a super excited french bulldog, badminton gear, and more food than you could ever eat) you can take the S-Bahn to the Bellevue station. From there it’s a short walk to the Englischer Garten, which is where we set up camp with Ashley and Andreas in a field with a view of the Siegessäule.

Entertainment was provided by Miss Hazel, whose little mind kept exploding from over stimulation—dogs! open spaces! soft greet grass! badminton rackets! babies! food on the ground all over a pretty blanket! By the end of the day, she was crashed and burned in the grass and so cute that my mind exploded.

Englischer Garten, Tiergarten
Map
S-Bahn: Bellevue
U-Bahn: Hansaplatz

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