The Lungs of Berlin

One of my favorite parts of Berlin was the Tiergarten, the largest park in the city. In the 1830s, Peter Joseph Lenne redesigned the area into a park. Before it was used as hunting grounds. The park spans 494 acres. In the 19th century, the Siegessaule was installed along with statues of politicians and monarchs. In another post I’ll share these photos. Today, I want to include photos of the park. After World War II, many of the trees were chopped down by the German people who were starving and freezing. And some of the park was dug up in attempts to grow food. Reforestation began in the 1950s and as you can see below, this part of the city has become known as the lungs of the city. We wandered through there on a hot day, and I loved all the shade provided by the trees.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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32 Responses to The Lungs of Berlin

  1. TheBlackTwig says:

    What a unique name, lungs of the city. The greenery is marvelous.

  2. It looks just lovely there!! It’s so important for cities to keep some “green” areas. They’re not as abundant as they used to be.

  3. fgassette says:

    A wonderful park and now it can breath again. Thanks for sharing your photos and a bit of history.


  4. Novroz says:

    I love the last two photos a lot, they are so beautiful.

  5. Kate Kresse says:

    how lovely!!! thanks for the history of the park, too.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    I’ve never been to Berlin, but I envision it as a bustling city … thus the Tiergarten must be like an island in another world.

  7. Thanks for sharing these–we didn’t have time for the Tiergarten when we were in Berlin.

  8. zelmare says:

    Hard to believe that this green oasis is in the middle of a city! Beautiful! πŸ™‚

  9. Getting really homesick here. I hope I get to go back very soon…

  10. lynnsbooks says:

    You’re on a roll with your pictures at the moment. The top 4 and the bottom one definitely feel like they should be in a book. All I will say is either ‘the road goes ever on and on’ or ‘ one does not simply walk into Fanghorn Forest unprepared… it is folly’ (Obviously making those up as I go along but I’m sure you see where I’m coming from).
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  11. How beautiful. I love green cities πŸ™‚ That’s why I can’t live in the city! hehe. I think I could live here though πŸ™‚

  12. Gilly Gee says:

    It looks beautiful and that is a vast area of land, well done to Berlin for keeping it natural.

  13. The Guat says:

    Great pictures. I love the last one.

  14. Myra GB says:

    I know that there was a garden we went to when we traveled in Berlin, but I don’t think we were brought here by our hosts. Did you get to see Checkpoint Charlie?

  15. Fergiemoto says:

    Beautiful place, and it’s good that it’s well on the mend. Great photos!

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