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The "Gardens of the World" are part of the 21-hectare Berlin-Marzahn recreation park. Extensive meadows, flower beds and walking paths are spread over the extensive park grounds.
Chinese Garden in the Gardens of the World
When Berlin and Beijing signed the agreement on a city partnership in 1994, this marked the birth of the Chinese Garden. The "Garden of the Recovered Moon" was created according to plans of the Beijing Institute of Classical Garden Architecture. The entire construction was made with materials from China by skilled workers from Beijing. As a classical Chinese scholarly garden, the garden is characterised by simplicity and subtle colours - primarily grey, white and red. Its centre is a 4,500 square metre lake. The most outstanding building is the tea house, called "Berghaus zum Osmanthussaft", which is connected to other typical Chinese buildings by riverside paths and a zigzag bridge.
The Japanese "Garden of Flowing Water" is a project of the Berlin-Tokyo city partnership. Shunmyo Masuno - garden designer, professor and Zen priest - took it upon himself in 2001 to create a Japanese garden with traditional style elements. He created a self-contained garden world with pavilion, pond, watercourses, dry garden and impressive stone settings, which has enchanted visitors since May 2003. The garden is intended to be a place of peace, reflection and contemplation in the midst of the busy city. It shows typical Japanese plants such as fan maple, Japanese flowering dogwood or Japanese lavender heather and many ornamental cherries.
Protected in a greenhouse, the Balinese "Garden of the Three Harmonies" has been presenting a section of a traditional Balinese residential complex and a tropical plant world since 18 December 2003. This garden was also created within the framework of a town twinning arrangement.
The Oriental "Garden of the Four Rivers" shows the garden tradition of various Islamic countries. A four-metre high wall encloses the area designed as a garden courtyard or riyadh, thus picking up the idea of an oasis or paradise. The garden courtyard is laid out in a geometrical quadrangle according to the oriental models. The pavilion in the centre, whose ceiling is richly decorated with coloured wooden ornaments, protects a fountain bowl, the source of the garden. Here, from the centre of the Riyâd, four water pools have their starting point. Fountains ripple in the pools. The walls and covered arcades were decorated with ceramic tiles - the so-called "zillij" - by Moroccan craftsmen. The entire garden is richly decorated with ornaments.
Korean "Seoul Garden"
The Korean "Seoul Garden" is a gift from the city of Seoul to Berlin and is an authentic example of Korean garden culture. The garden was planned in Seoul, and Korean craftsmen who had come to the country especially for the project built the garden in 2005. The garden is characterised by a varied natural landscape with a pavilion, four consecutive courtyards and figural decorations. In the design, great importance was attached to the special features of traditional Korean garden culture. Three different areas characterise the site: open spaces or courtyards, known as "Ma-Dang", pavilions and the landscape. Pine, bamboo, oak and fan maple are some of the tree species used. The Seoul Garden has four walled courtyards with differently designed gates. At the edge of the highest Ma-Dang there is a large pavilion, the "pavilion by the water" (Kye Zeong).
Maze and labyrinth
n June 2007, the maze, modelled on the famous layout in the park of the British Royal Palace Hampton Court, was opened, as well as a floor maze following the pattern of the maze in the Gothic cathedral of Chartres in France. The maze consists of more than 1 250 evergreen yews and invites visitors to put their orientation to the test, because in a maze there are many paths, crossroads and dead ends, not all of which lead to their destination. A labyrinth, on the other hand, has only one path that leads from the entrance to the center, but it runs in so many twists and turns that you can get dizzy.
The revised and extended Karl Foerster Perennial Garden as an example of German horticulture at the beginning of the 20th century was opened on 9 March 2008 - exactly on the 134th birthday of Karl Foerster. The garden was created in 1987 for the Berlin Garden Show.
Italian Renaissance Garden „Giardino della Bobolina“
The Italian Renaissance Garden was ceremonially opened on 31 May 2008. Equipped with a loggia, formal flowerbeds and rich sculptural decoration, it provides an insight into early European garden design. Clear forms, a limitation of stylistic devices and a manageable size characterize an ideal Renaissance garden. The Renaissance garden in the Marzahn recreation park follows these ideals and aims to convey the unique magic of the famous villa gardens of Tuscany to all visitors.
Christian garden in the gardens of the world
Derived from the original form of Christian gardens, the monastic cloister, a "modern" monastery garden has been created in Marzahn. A square garden area with a crossroads of light-coloured gravel, planting areas of box and white flowering perennials and a water basin as a symbol of water as the source of life. The main attraction of the Christian Garden is the colonnade: gold-coloured lacquered and horizontally arranged metal rows form a colonnade. Within these lines are texts from the Old and New Testament as well as from philosophy and culture. This is a reminder that Christianity is a religion of books and scripture.
In planning: Jewish Garden
From autumn 2019, a Jewish Garden in the Gardens of the World will be created on an area of 1000 square metres. The Jewish Garden completes the horticultural representations of the world religions and will be situated on a hilltop in line of sight of the Christian Garden. The winning design of the planning competition for the Jewish Garden provides for a network of paths interrupted by planting areas. Plants anchored in the history of Berlin's Jews will stand here. In addition, two pavilions are to serve as meeting and event points within the Jewish Garden.
Summer (1 March to 31 October) Adults: 7 Euro, reduced rate 3 Euro, children up to 5 years free Winter (1 November to 29 February): Adults: 4 Euro, reduced rate 2 Euro, children up to 5 years free
The Gardens of the World are barrier-free (entrances "Blumberger Damm" (main entrance) and "Eisenacher Straße"). At the entrance "Eisenacher Straße" wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge depending on availability, reservation is recommended. There are several barrier-free toilets.
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