With its unique mix of river landscape, extensive meadows, tranquil areas, gardens, and places to eat and drink, Treptower Park in the district of Treptow-Köpenick is an attractive excursion destination close to the city centre. Thanks to its size, the park offers a lot of space for every form of recreation. On sunny weekends, residents from Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain conquer the Volkspark.
Jogging, canoeing, idling
Treptower Park was laid out from 1876 to 1888 according to plans by the city's director of the gardens Gustav Meyer. Since it opened in 1888, Treptower Park has always been a public park open to all of the city's residents. The 88 hectare green space is perfect for nearly all kinds of activities - you can go jogging, stroll along beautiful lanes, sit on the waterside promenade watching the Spree, play football, take a sunbath on the lawns, enjoy a canoe trip, and much more.
Boat trips from Treptower Park
Treptower Park stretches southeast from the S-Bahn station of the same name. It is cut into halves by one of the city's most majestic alleys, the leafy Puschkinallee. From the pier at the central promenade, opposite the idyllic Stralau peninsula, countless river boats start their trips on the Spree river to the beautiful water landscapes in Berlin's green southeastern parts.
Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park
Embedded in the middle of the park is the impressive Soviet War Memorial. Created four years after the end of World War II, it is the central memorial commemorating the estimated 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin. The centrepiece is the 30 metres high monument of the Great Soldier which is built on a mausoleum. The Soviet Memorial is not only a solemn place of remembrance but also the gravesite of about 7,000 Soviet soldiers.
Zenner beer garden and Insel der Jugend
A traditional institution from 1822 is the restaurant and beer garden "Zenner" at the river Spree. Generations of Berliners have enjoyed good food and drinks here with a great view of the river and the opposite tiny island now called "Insel der Jugend". This lovely spot in the Spree can be reached by crossing the arched "Abteibrücke" (abbey bridge) and welcomes visitors with lawns to rest on, idyllic pathways at the water and an event venue with live music and a beer garden. You can also hire boats here and discover the beautiful waterways around. From this corner of Treptower Park it is only short way to the grounds of the Spreepark, a former amusement park embedded in the densely forested Plänterwald.
Archenhold Observatory in Treptower Park
The Archenhold Observatory, named after its founder, the astronomer Friedrich Simon Archenhold, is an attraction today as it was then. It has the world's longest moving refracting telescope with a focal length of 21 meters. The monster weighs 130 tons and has a lens diameter of 68 centimeters. Germany's oldest observatory also has modern telescopes and a small planetarium.