In Bloom

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

Ber­lin is no Ky­oto, with its snow-like, cherry-blos­som-filled Philoso­pher’s Path which is packed with vis­i­tors dur­ing the an­nual hanami fes­ti­val. How­ever, in 1990 a Ja­panese TV net­work asked for dona­tions to plant cherry trees in Ber­lin and cre­ate har­mony be­tween its newly re­united cit­i­zens. Over 9000 trees were planted around the city, the first of which are at Glienicker Brücke, where cap­tured spies were ex­changed dur­ing the Cold War. You’ll find more at the Born­holmer Straße bor­der cross­ing and Platz des 9. Novem­ber, where the first East Ber­lin­ers broke through the bor­ders. All told, Ber­lin’s for­mer “death strips” are now filled with cherry trees that erupt in pink blos­soms ev­ery spring. The only place you have to pay to view them is at Gärten der Welt's splen­did Ja­panese gar­den in Marzahn, cel­e­brat­ing hanami on 12 April. Eise­nacher Str. 99, Marzahn. T: 030 700906699. www.gruen-ber­lin.de MUST SEE What used to be the city’s most cen­tral air­port is now a public park. The six kilo­me­ters of run­ways are used for cy­cling, skat­ing, and jog­ging, and the whole field cov­ers four hectares. This is where many Ber­lin­ers spend their week­ends, bring­ing BBQ equip­ment or just pic­nick­ing on the grass while their kids fly col­or­ful kites. Tem­pel­hofer Damm. S Tem­pel­hof, U Platz der Luft­brücke, U Bod­din­straße. Off Map

Biosphäre Pots­dam

This trop­i­cal amuse­ment park fea­tures a green­house with more than 20,000 plants, in­clud­ing a palm grove, a man­grove swamp, and many an­i­mals such as igua­nas, par­rots, geckos, frogs, and but­ter­flies. Open daily Mon– Fri

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