Sum­mer is the per­fect time to take in the out­door art that abounds in Ber­lin. Caro­line Evans took a stroll to find the city’s best sculp­ture gar­dens.

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Soak up the sun while strolling a sculp­ture gar­den.

“Kolbe’s ex­pres­sive sculp­tures re­flect the spirit of his time.“

Sculp­ture parks are a great way to stretch your legs while ad­mir­ing three- di­men­sional cre­ations, from clas­si­cal to mod­ern to sur­re­al­is­tic. One place to browse while sip­ping iced cof­fee is the 10,000sq. m (107,600sq. ft) park at Haus am Wald­see (p. 44) on Ar­gen­tinis­che Allee. The gar­den wraps around a lake fea­tur­ing wa­ter in­stal­la­tions, which in turn is sur­rounded by sculp­tures such as an Esso- like sign by Daniel Pflumm, which he calls a “light ob­ject”; Thomas Rent­meis­ter’s De­pot, con­sist­ing of stacked re­frig­er­a­tors; Ro­man Maerz’s Beast

Alerted I, a steel sculp­ture of a pig; and a con­stant in­flux of new dis­plays.

Fans of early-20th- cen­tury sculp­ture should make a pil­grim­age to view the clas­sic mod­ern works at the Ge­org-Kolbe-Mu­seum (p. 44), be­tween S Olympias­ta­dion and S Heer­straße sta­tions. The build­ing and grounds were de­signed and de­vel­oped with a sense of har­mony and strong unity to honor Kolbe’s wife, who died trag­i­cally in 1927. Green lawns and col­or­ful flora pro­vide a serene set­ting for the im­pres­sive art dis­plays, which are ringed by stately pine trees. Kolbe’s ex­pres­sive sculp­tures refl ect the spirit of his time and range from the el­e­gant Morn­ing, a nude with arms out­stretched to welcome the new day, to busts of po­lit­i­cal fig­ures.

Also well worth a look are the perime­ter

grounds of the Neue

Nationalgalerie (Pots­damer Str. 50), where a clas­sic sculp­ture gar­den, de­signed by Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe, forms a frame for the ex­hi­bi­tion halls in­side. (Note that the gallery in­te­rior will re­main closed for ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion un­til 2019.) Don’t miss the

Mu­seum Berggruen (p. 45) in Char­lot­ten­burg, whose gar­den is named for art dealer and col­lec­tor Heinz Berggruen’s wife, Ger­man stage and film ac­tress Bet­tina Berggruen, and is ac­ces­si­ble to the public dur­ing reg­u­lar mu­seum hours.

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