If recreation and inner balance is on your mind, go for a walk in the park, for a swim in the pool, or for a workout at the gym. It will clear your mind and spirit for the next cultural stimuli.
Volkspark Friedrichshain, was created in 1846 as Berlin's first municipal park open to the public – hence the name which translates into “people's park.”
It extends over 49 hectares, and is a veritable leisure bonanza. The famous fairytale fountain with its ten groups of figures inspired by Grimm Bothers' tales is considered one of the city's prettiest fountains. Large grassy play areas and tanning lawns, an enchanted swan pond, barbecue pits, observation platforms, a beer garden, and old-growth trees make the Volkspark a marvellous place to hang out. Particularly popular among the young folk is the Indian Camp, an adventure playground.
After-work athletes have the use of a separate running track and a loop for in-line skating, as well as football fields and basket ball courts, a beach volleyball court, a fabulous indoor half-pipe, and even a toboggan slope for the wintertime. The park is also home to Berlin's tallest climbing hall, “Der Kegel”, inside an old air raid shelter rising 18.70 metres above ground. Social events in the park's southern section include an open-air cinema during the warm season.
If you prefer to cool off in the pool, go down to the river for a dip in the “Badeschiff”: Made from the hull of an old barge, the floating pool is known and renowned far beyond the city limits. An enormous wooden dock, doubling as sun deck, extends from the sandy beach to the boat. In the wintertime, Badeschiff is covered and converted into a futuristic indoor wellness oasis with sauna, ayurveda, lomi-lomi and shiatsu massages, lounge and pool bar.