Treptower Park in Berlin dates back to the end of the 18th century and runs along the Spree – the city’s most famous river. Perhaps best known for the Soviet War Memorial located in it, this public park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and perhaps a spot of people-watching, particularly alongside the river’s promenade.
At the end of World War II, three war memorials were built in Berlin to commemorate Soviet deaths – particularly the 80,000 soldiers killed during the Battle of Berlin. The Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park is a both a memorial and a military cemetery, built to commemorate 5,000 of these men. The memorial consists of two over-sized red flags flanking a walkway through the middle. At one end is a statue of ‘Mother Russia’ weeping, while at the other, a bronze statue of a Soviet soldier stands atop a burial mound.
During Berlin’s separation, parts of the Spree served as border areas and as such there’s a memorial to mark this in the middle of the river itself. The Molecule Man structure is a 30-meter high metallic statue featuring three men facing each other and joining hands, signifying the reunion between Berlin’s neighbourhoods after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
To visit the park, hop off at Treptower Park station – it’s served by the S-Bahn line.