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Ernst-Thaelmann-Park, Berlin

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Ernst-Thälmann-Park is a park in the centre of the Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin. It was laid out in 1986 at the site of a former coal gas plant and named after the former Communist party leader Ernst Thälmann (1886-1944).

The former plant built in 1874 was closed in 1981, the last gasometer was demolished in 1984. In honor of Berlin's 750-year jubilee the East German government drew up plans for an "inhabited park", including a memorial, a public pool, a planetarium, a school and a housing estate for 4,000 residents. The park was inaugurated on 16 April 1986, Thälmann's hundredth birthday. The former use of the area left an extensive contamination of soil and groundwater with cyanides, phenols and tar that after German reunification had to be cleared by excavation and bioremediation. Though there had been some discussion about the name, a majority of dwellers voted against a change in 1997. Today the park features public houses as well as art galleries and a small theatre at the former administrative building of the gas plant.

The Ernst Thälmann bronze monument with a height of 14 m (46 ft) was created by Soviet sculptor Lev Kerbel between 1981 and 1986. Some plaques with political slogans were removed in the 1990s. The monument remains a protected landmark today.
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  • Was riding from Weißensee to Prenzlauer Berg the other day, and accidentally took a shortcut through this park. I'm glad I did, too. I read some history about it later on Wikipedia, but even without.....  more »
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  • I really like the place, it's near by and looks so beautiful. Every morning you can pass by and have some positive emotions because of these trees, loans and sculptures. Also there is a perfect place to play with your dog (or obviously any other pet you have). And let's not forget that there is a dog's pool over there. How many other pools for the pets can you find in your neighborhood?! I bet not many:-) There is a place to play the ball: football or "beach volleyball". Completely separate topic is a small artificial lake in the middle. This is so peaceful and calm place. If you need to think about something, there is no better place. Yes, it's not big, but populated with ducks, birds and gorgeous color fishes (bass I believe). I literally can observe how they are gracefully swimming for hours. Fishing is forbidden, thought. The thing I like is to go there with the acoustic guitar or ukulele and play a bit, don't much care about listeners, just spend some time and feel rejuvenated afterwards. The friend of mine like to go and draw amazing pictures. Highly recommend the place, I'm sure you will find something for yourself in there.
  • Nice spot to chill or take a walk. Your dog can swim here.

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