Berlin enjoys a great national and international reputation as a metropolitan center of European standing, thanks in large part to its great wealth of urban green space, which helps provide a high quality of life. Hardly any other city can boast as many green spaces as Berlin. Parks and garden spaces, city squares and green strips of various sizes and shapes characterize the city, and hark back to different eras in its history.
The more than 2,500 public parks, covering a total-surface of approx. 6,500 ha, provide Berliners and tourists with a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The protection, care, maintenance and development of the urban green spaces are the common tasks of the departments of green spaces in the boroughs and the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment