Görlitzer Park

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Görlitzer Park Görlitzer Park in Berlin’s Kreuzberg offers sporting grounds, a swimming pool, & close-proximity to a number of bars & shops. Go play in Berlin with Party Earth. Berlin Germany 52.4990203979988 13.4319233894348
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Party Earth Review A microcosm of Kreuzberg itself, Görlitzer Park is a popular community gathering spot for everyone from blue-mohawked punks to blue-haired old ladies, with sporting grounds and swimming pools – as well as a location near... ... read full review

  • Train:

    1: Görlitzer Bahnhof, Schlesisches Tor

  • Hours:

    Park does not technically close; park facility hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Görlitzer Park Review

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Görlitzer Park in Berlin’s Kreuzberg offers sporting grounds, a swimming pool, & close-proximity to a number of bars & shops. Go play in Berlin with Party Earth.

A microcosm of Kreuzberg itself, Görlitzer Park is a popular community gathering spot for everyone from blue-mohawked punks to blue-haired old ladies, with sporting grounds and swimming pools – as well as a location near a number of bars and shops – all promising activities as diverse as its regular crowds.

Originally a major Berlin railway station that was mostly destroyed during WWII, the area was finally converted in the early 90s into the welcoming public space it is today.

The two remaining station buildings off Görlitzer Straße now house a mini-golf course and the trendy bar/café Das Edelweiss, which doles out coffee and cocktails to students chilling on the open patio, and also hosts popular club nights and weekly jazz jam sessions.

There’s still a good dose of grit, most evident in the graffiti covering the wall that surrounds much of the park, which bikers, rollerbladers, and couples pushing baby carriages roll by as barbecuers set up on the lawns beneath the ever-present thwack of Frisbees knocking into the trees.

Those looking to cool off – either from a round on the soccer field or a few too many rounds the night before – can plunge into the Spreewaldbad public indoor swimming arena, or beat away the day with the hippies and bohemians spanking their bongo drums…the sound of which might as well be the national anthem of Görlitzer Park.

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Tip from Jonah:

Görlitzer Park can be sinister after dark, so unless you’re in a group, it might be best to stick to daytime reveling. That said, the park often hosts both spontaneous and planned late-night summer electronic parties that are not to be missed.

  • Crowd

    Punks, bohemians, young backpackers from the nearby hostel, day-drinkers, Frisbee tossers, Turkish families barbecuing, joggers, bikers, skaters, swimmers, kids, soccer players, and everyone else. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Indoor blacklight mini-golf adjacent to the Das Edelweiss café and bar.

    Das Edelweiss hosts regular jazz jam sessions, usually on Tuesdays, as well as varied club nights throughout the week, though these are often private.

    Children’s petting zoo, soccer field, and indoor public swimming arena.

    Impromptu electronic music parties often set up in summer, as do seasonal fairs, festivals, and – this being Kreuzberg – plenty of public protests.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Das Edelweiss offers a large assortment of drinks and snacks, and there’s usually a few folks wandering the park with homemade samosas and other fare for sale.

    Just outside the park are a number of restaurants and local shops.

  • Prices

    Edelweiss snacks €2–€11, breakfast €3.50–€11.50, entrées €5–€17. Coffee and tea €2–€4.50, beer €2.50–€3.50, wine €3+, cocktails €4–€9. Swimming pool €4/single ticket, with bulk tickets and student discounts available.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything (or nothing) goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunny weekends for the biggest crowds, weekdays for a leisurely stroll, and any time for unabashed public drinking with friends.

  • Close By

    Treptower Park (Alt-Treptow 12435) is a little less than a mile east of Görlitzer, and offers a quieter, less crowded, and far better groomed park that also features a stunning Soviet War Memorial commemorating Red Army soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin.

Görlitzer Park User Reviews

Average rating:
The perfect Berlin combination
Virginia H. Aug 8, 2013
Leave your cares behind and explore the urban-rural dynamic perfectly expressed in Goerlitzer Park. A long and narrow park full of children playing, musicians entertaining, and city dwellers chilling, it is enhanced by the backdrop of African pot dealers who soon become part of the wallpaper in this mosaic of urban living. On one side, there is the untamed nature of a pond nestled within epic forestry. On the other, the bohemian shanty town where fire smoke can be smelled year-round. With a preschool nearby and restaurants and cafes surrounding it, Goerlitzer Park is a hidden gem in Kreuzberg, a perfect place to walk or cycle around with a friend, or just chill over beer while a street accordionist entertains you in classic European style. An experience not to be missed!
Görlitzer Park
Miguel O. May 30, 2013
on a Sunday sunny afternoon in Kreuzberg, Görlitzer Park. This is the place where everybody hangs around to chatt, play and feel good. in summer you can dance and listen to the nice music. in the nice bar around, edelweis, you can have some drinks and sit on the terrace. there you have the perfect view on all the normal and strange people passing by. This is the right place to be on a sunday in Berlin.
Why we all love Gorlitzer Park
Gabriela Sofia F. May 30, 2013
This is THE place where we all meet, it is always a good reason to go to Gorlitzer Park: did you have a exhausting job day? Was is too difficult german today? Are you feeling boring? Do you feel sad? gorlitzer park is waitting for you for a quick picnic, a hang out with friends, playing some music or just laying out like you were around the forest. Not to noisy, not too calm, but always with enough place for people to get around and maybe why not do a grill
labour day at gorlitzer park
Aleksandra M. May 2, 2013
Yesterday me and my friends spent great day at gorlitzer park but also on the big event in Berlin which call my fest. There were many concerts, music from whole world, people from ewerywhere. It was so good to see how people from Berlin have a fun. Even you can think that how you can celebrate labour day, it's so communistic event and remainds you not good times. But my answer is- YES, YOU CAN. You just have to go and see what's happend yesterday when streets were full of diffrent people, no place in underground etc. And after go to relax at gorlitzer park, have barbecue with friends, drink some beer and forget that you have to go to work tomorrow. Just enjoy Berlin :)
Gritty Yet Enjoyable
Jimmy R. Jan 8, 2013
Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg is well known as one of two parks central to Berlin's drug trade, the other being Volkspark Hasenheide in Neukölln. The moment you set foot in Görlitzer Park, you will be approached by drug dealers asking if you want to buy marijuana, cocaine, or ecstasy. It's a lot like the Las Vegas strip, but located in a beautiful park and with many, many more drug dealers. Whether you can tolerate the drug trade will determine whether you will enjoy this park. If the drug dealers put you off, nearby Treptower Park is much prettier and cleaner-cut, and there are dozens of good options all around Berlin for places to enjoy the fresh air. But, don't let the drug dealers turn you away from the whole experience. First of all, Görlitzer Park is much safer than any park you could buy drugs in in America. During the daytime, there are lots of people around, and the police raid the park regularly (I would venture to say at least several times a week). Görli, as it is affectionately called by Berliners, is one of my favorite parks in Berlin exactly for its bizarre denizens. In a quick walk through the park, you'll see pregnant women, geriatrics, young families, hipsters, business- men and women, hippies, and, of course, dealers. It's a strange and interesting mix, and it's a large part of what gives the park its flair. Inside Görli's walls, you can relax and catch some sun on the remnants of an old train station, which is now a terraced set of concrete steps. The steps are a great place to post up and have a couple of beers with your friends and serve as an excellent vantage point to watch all the strange goings-on that undoubtedly occur at any given moment. Across the way, there is a coffee shop with tasty, inexpensive coffee right next door to blacklit, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. In the neighborhood surrounding, you can find indoor swimming as well as a number of solid, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The population of Kreuzberg is primarily Turkish-German, so you can expect to find a lot of interesting and delicious turkish food (e.g., köfte, döner, dürüm). Under no circumstance should you try the currywurst stand under the Görlitzer Bahnhof train station, though. I have it on good authority that it's the worst currywurst available city-wide. All that said, I would be remiss if I did not mention that the park is dangerous at night. In the day time, you will definitely be safe if you mind your own business. In fact, most of the time, nothing remotely dangerous will happen. However, I have witnessed a fight over racial comments between opposing gangs of drug dealers. At that point, I simply did the sensible thing and left the park without problem. Just don't touch any garbage and you should be fine. The dealers hide their wares in garbage--especially black, plastic bags and old styrofoam containers from fast food. If you just want a bit of sunshine and fresh air, Görlitzer Park may be too much hassle and you would be better served with a park closer to your hostel or apartment. But, then, where else could you see a hippy riding a unicycle past a cocaine deal?
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