Set in north-eastern Berlin, Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt) is a unique centre bringing together traditional and contemporary international garden design and landscape architecture. Its origins go back to 1987, when the first sections of the site were developed for the Berlin Garden Show (BEGA). The opening of the Chinese Garden in 2000 laid the foundations for what was to become Gardens of the World, and the following decade saw the creation of nine themed gardens showcasing international garden design from different eras, cultures and parts of the world – from Asia through the Middle East to Europe.
From April to October 2017, Gardens of the World was host to the IGA Berlin 2017 International Garden Exhibition. The run-up to the IGA saw the creation of various new landscape and garden spaces, buildings, artworks and playgrounds, which have now become permanent features of Gardens of the World. They include a tenth themed garden in the shape of the English Landscape Garden, nine international show gardens created by landscape architects from five continents, the Promenada Aquatica water gardens, a visitor centre complete with its own restaurant, and numerous other visitor attractions. The ropeway built to connect Gardens of the World to the neighbouring Kienbergpark and the Kienbergpark/Gärten der Welt underground station also continues to operate post-IGA.
Every year, Gardens of the World runs a busy programme of events large and small, both in the 5000-seater Arena and in the many other impressive spaces across the 106-acre site. The park also offers a variety of cafes and restaurants, and both the Chinese and Oriental Gardens are available for hire as wedding venues.
Dates & Facts
|Eisenacher Str. 99, Bezirk Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Entrances - Eisenacher Strasse, Blumenberger Damm (currently closed), Kienberg/Siegmarstrasse (currently closed)|
|Planning||Gottfried Funeck, Berlin; Roswitha Schultz, Berlin; Birgit Engelhardt, Berlin (Berliner Gartenschau; you can find details on the planners of individual gardens in the “Gardens of the World” on the relevant sub-pages.)|
9th of May 1987 as Berlin Horticultural Show (‘Berliner Gartenschau’). 1991 as Marzahn Recreational Park (‘Erholungspark Marzahn’). 15th of October 2000 as ‘Gardens of the World’. 13th of April until 15th of October 2017 part from the International Garden Exihibition "IGA Berlin 2017"