A WALK IN BERLIN PARK IN MADRID

Madrid is famous for its beautiful parks telling stories olds of many centuries. But every park in Madrid cannot be El Retiro or the Debod Temple in the West Park. If you visit Madrid there is a park known only by the locals that you will love to discover. This is the Berlin Park, dedicated to this city and for a good reason. In the heart of Madrid, it represents a beautiful tribute to the German capital that will not leave you indifferent.

 

​November 9th, a key date

The Berlin Park was inaugurated on November 9th, 1967 in the district of Madrid known like Ciudad Jardín (Garden City). In the 60’s this neighborhood was part of the periphery of the Spanish capital, although today it occupies a central and privileged place. The park was planned and baptized with the name of Berlin because of the visit of the Mayor of Berlin, Willy Brandt, who came to Madrid in 1967. Years later the park is more Berliner than ever.
Exactly 22 years after the inauguration of Berlin Park, also on November 9th, but from 1989 the Berlin Wall was knocked down. Madrid wanted to commemorate this very important event in European history. For that reason, three fragments of the original Berlin wall were brought to the park. These fragments represent today the main attraction of the park dedicated to Berlin. Passers-by can see them at the park’s central fountain.
This fountain was originally designed as a water layer that had to complement the park’s flora. Its function was to reflect its surroundings to create a unique atmosphere. But after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Park of Madrid and its main pool were chosen as the ideal place to exhibit this piece of collective memory of all Europeans. Of course, the placement of the pieces in the pond was also carried out on November 9, 1990, to continue the parallels.


The Berlin Park tributes

 

The Berlin Park tributes

Original pieces of the Berlin Wall

One of the main attractions of Berlin Park and the first thing the passer sees while entering the park are the pieces of the original Berlin Wall. The pieces have a height of 5 meters and 1.20 meters of width. They also keep the original wall graffiti, although the anecdote tells that a municipal employee tried to “clean” them in a hurry before the mayor arrived to inaugurate the event at the park.


The bear, symbol of both Madrid and Berlin

Another reference to the German capital that we can find in the Berlin Park is a statue of a bear raised on its hind legs. The bear is a symbol found on the shield of the city of Berlin. The legend tells that its use is due to Albert I of Brandenburg, governor of the city that was known like “The Bear”.
 
 


Beethoven has his place in Madrid

But the German references do not end here. In Berlin Park we can also find a statue of Ludwig Van Beethoven. This statue dates from 1981 and was the result of an agreement between Madrid, Berlin and Bonn, the musician’s hometown. It should be noted that at that time Bonn and Berlin were the two capitals of the Germany divided by the wall, and they collaborated to make this monument a reality.


The hero of the Carranza fire

In Berlin Park we find one more bust, although in this case it is not any illustrious German. The bust represents Alvaro Iglesias, known as the hero of Carranza. This 20 year old deserves his place in the park because he saved three people from a fire in 1982. Unfortunately, he lost his life by entering a fourth time to try to rescue more people in danger.


The lung of the city of Madrid



The lung of the city of Madrid

Although the monuments of Berlin Park are already a great attraction, the park has much more to offer to the visitor. In an area of 5 hectares are some of the most interesting species of trees and other plants of the European continent.
Berlin Park is also a botanical garden in itself. Walkers can follow the botanical trail signposted through the park to discover all the species that live here. There are information signs that help you to fully understand and enjoy the nature in the heart of Madrid.


What to do in Berlin Park?



What to do in Berlin Park?

History

The first thing that any visitor to Berlin Park should do is to see all the monuments that are situated in this park. Starting with the original pieces of the Berlin Wall, walking by the bear and Beethoven and ending with the hero of Carranza, this park transports us to different eras in just a few steps.


Nature

While looking for the different statues, the visitor should not stop looking at the sides. It is the only way to ​ discover the European nature gathered in a single space in the Spanish capital. Without a doubt, Berlin Park offers a unique opportunity.


Relaxation

But Berlin Park is primarily a park. And as such, the visitor can come here to relax. There are lawn areas to rest. There are also beautiful trails for walking, running or walking with our pets. Of course, there are also the typical terraces of Spain where you can sit and have a drink with wonderful views.


Social life

Berlin Park also has an open-air auditorium in the southern area. This auditorium is filled with music, entertainment and activities during the summer months. The neighbours of Ciudad Jardín celebrate their holidays here and visitors can enjoy the true local atmosphere of Madrid.


Health and sports

Finally, we must not forget that Berlin Park also has outdoor sports facilities. Football, basketball and handball lovers can practice their favorite sports here. It is also very common to see runners and joggers on the paths of the park.

 
 
Without a doubt, the Berlin Park of Madrid is a fantastic place that you cannot miss during your visit to the Spanish capital. Now you can also go to Madrid with the very fast trains of Renfe-SNCF en Coopération and travel without queues, without waiting and without worries. And if you want more Madrid, visit the Renfe-SNCF en Coopération blog to find out what other Madrid corners you can not miss.


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