Sunday, 25 September 2011

Volkspark Friedrichshain - Freddy's Grove

Berlin's oldest public park, and third largest, is the Volkspark Friedrichshain. You can read all about it on the net, or better still visit it on a sunny Sunday afternoon like we did today. Here are a few photos to give you a feel for it (click for bigger).

The park was created to commemorate the centenary of  the accession of Friedrich II (der Große) to the Prussian throne. 

The park has a large memorial to the Polish soldiers who died in WWII, and to the German anti-fascist resistance movement. Conceived and built during DDR times, the monument now seems to be mostly a skateboard park and place to practice graffiti. Oh, and for throwing trainers tied together at (look closely). 

Japanese Peace Bell. A memorial to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Sure, Milton Keynes has its concrete cows too. But are they on the roof of a snack-bar, eh?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it is the memorial to the German members of the International Brigades that fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

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