28 December 2012

Berlin Boogie: Erholungspark Marzahn Part I

When the weather was still warm, I hopped on to the S-Bahn to head to the district of Marzahn, in East Berlin. Most of the time, Marzahn isn't on the tourist radar, being the location of large high-rise apartment buildings made of pre-fabricated concrete. It's an area that is low-cost, and therefore there are quite a few instances of Marzahn being on the news for the wrong reasons. Anyway, I wasn't keen on being attacked by gangs, but I was keen on seeing the Gardens of the World, located there as well. This is part of the larger Erholungspark.

There are several gardens located in here, and I took so many pictures that I figured it is necessary to split this into two different entries. Thus, for this entry, I will just blog about the first three gardens I visited, the Oriental Garden, the Balinese Garden, and the Korean Garden. The rest will be on a separate entry.

The first garden I visited was the Oriental Garden. It consisted of a foyer area made with arches and columns of intricately carved wood. It was quite pretty.



The two pictures above show the wooden entrance to the Oriental Garden. It was amazing walking through the wooden doors and columns, the smell of the wood was still there, and it really felt like I was in Morocco and not in Berlin.


I liked this simple red door.



And yes, there are water fountains, which reminds me of the pictures that I have seen of the gardens in the Middle East and Central Asia.


The next garden I saw was the Balinese Garden. The path leading to it was guarded by two of these interesting statues.





The Balinese Garden is actually located inside a greenhouse. The weather in Berlin is temperate, and therefore cannot support the exotic plants and other flora that are found in Bali. Hence, the whole garden is recreated inside a greenhouse so that there is constant warm temperature all year round. When I entered, it was so humid that the difference between the inside and outside temperature was drastic enough to make my glasses fog.






This is also the garden with the best flowers, and so I tried my hands at some micro-photography.


I also found this, which is apparently called the "Devil's Flower" maybe because it is just so ugly.


The third garden I visited was the Korean Garden. Here is the entrance.




It felt like a little garden maze, with its walls made with tiles making a path that the visitor has to follow.





Inside, you can see various ornaments and equipment that ancient Korean households had in their houses. The vats you see are vats of kimchi, where they are stored in order to ferment.

So there, that was Part I of my visit to the Erholungspark in Marzahn. For my next entry, I will provide pictures of the other gardens I have visited, namely the Chinese Garden, the Christian Garden, the Italian Garden, and the Maze.

2 comments:

  1. You are right, it feels like Northern Africa, not Germany!

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    1. Zhu,

      Yes, they sure do a good job of recreating the original locations!

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