Volkspark Friedrichshain (People’s Park) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 159) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Volkspark Friedrichshain
(People’s Park Friedrichshain) is on the border of the neighborhoods
Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain and conveniently located along the
M10 tram line. It’s the oldest park in Berlin and one of its largest.
During the years of the Cold War it was an East Berlin park.

the usual big lawns, canopy paths, majestic trees, and the
quintessential beer garden (it’s Germany after all) this park’s special
features are all the different urban sports
you can enjoy and (in addition to a few large scale political memorials
and statues) it features the lovely Märchenbrunnen (Fairy Tale
Fountain), which you can see at the end of the video already, but to
which I will dedicate a future In A Berlin Minute completely.

This is actually a park I have not spend all that much time in. I remember well the first time when Scott and I had just bought our black European bikes and made a trip to that park our first ride.
I remember how exhausting it was to ride up the hills in the park
(which like many Berlin parks are built out of World War II debris) –
but how absolutely lovely it was to escape the city and chill out in the
luscious green nature.

Zooming through the shot of the beer garden / restaurant is my friend Adam, who is a very successful gay hipster travel and lifestyle blogger (Travels of Adam) and vlogger
working out of Berlin. I’d like to note that he describes himself and
promotes his work as a hipster traveler. The significance of this is
that almost by definition all hipsters claim to not be hipsters. I think
it’s charming when finally someone embraces this term instead of
pretending otherwise.

The song is the appropriately titled “Sunburn” by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.

Skaters at the Memorial to Polish Soldiers and German Anti-Fascists
Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin

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