Why visit Mauerpark

Mauerpark is not your typical manicured park, but you will forgive the small trees, scraggly bushes and somewhat anaemic lawn if you visit on a warm Sunday. A former part of the Berlin Wall death strip, Mauerpark is now a lively hub boasting one of the best flea markets in Berlin and the entertaining (and free) open-air Bearpit Karaoke. A popular place for the young residents of Berlin, Mauerpark attracts basketball players, jugglers, musicians and many other street performers. It is a perfect example of Berlin park culture and a great opportunity to mingle with the locals.

As long as you don't suffer from claustrophobia, you'll enjoy a stroll through the Sunday flea market. Good food and beer, interesting items for sale, live graffiti and karaoke al fresco.

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Mauerpark history

Berlin Divided

The former location of Old Nordbahnhof, in 1945, the land around present day Mauerpark was divided into East and West Berlin. When the Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961, Mauerpark became part of the death strip, with heavily guarded walls on both sides. One of the viewing platforms, from which West Berlin residents could look over the wall into East Berlin, was established at this location.

The Birth of the Wall Park

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the no man’s land was quickly adopt...

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Berlin Divided

The former location of Old Nordbahnhof, in 1945, the land around present day Mauerpark was divided into East and West Berlin. When the Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961, Mauerpark became part of the death strip, with heavily guarded walls on both sides. One of the viewing platforms, from which West Berlin residents could look over the wall into East Berlin, was established at this location.

The Birth of the Wall Park

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the no man’s land was quickly adopted by local residents as a park. This was made official in 1994 when the land was dedicated as the Mauerpark and funds flowed in for construction of an amphitheatre, basketball court, playground and landscaping. A 300 meter strip of the original western wall was preserved, which runs along the back of Friedrich-Ladwig-John-Sportpark, the stadium where Stasi chief Erich Mielke once cheered his beloved Dynamo Berlin football team. It is a popular place for sprayers and street artists to legally display their work, if only temporarily.

However, the real estate ownership remained divided. This resulted in the eastern half being transformed into green parkland, while the western half remained a trade area, the current home of flea market Mauerpark. There have been several attempts to unite the park as one large green space, but all have failed.

Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Mauerpark Flea Market)

The popular Sunday Mauerpark flea market began in 2004. Being a newcomer to the ranks of Berlin’s flea markets, it still offers a local feel, decent eats and a loose grid of stalls, blending new and vintage fashion, bikes, vinyl, DDR memorabilia and other nostalgic items.

Bearpit Karaoke

In October 1990, the Reichstag once again was the center of politics. It was chosen as the location for the official German reunification ceremony. The very next day, the parliament of the united Germany assembled as an act on symbolism in the Reichstag. However, it was not until June 1991, after fierce debate, that the parliament returned from Bonn to Berlin; the restored capital of reunited Germany.

Since February 2009, from spring to late autumn on Sunday afternoon, the affable Joe Hatchiban wheels his portable, battery powered karaoke equipment into Mauerpark. Bearpit Karaoke crowds often fill the stone amphitheater, listening to a great mix of serious singing talent and amateurs in a carefree atmosphere. Anyone can take the stage simply by putting down your name and choosing a backing track. Bearpit Karaoke singers nearly always get a huge round of supportive applause. This Mauerpark highlight is rapidly becoming a popular Sunday afternoon pastime for Berlin locals.

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Opening hours

Park: Always accessible Market: Sun 8:00 - 18:00 Karaoke: Apr - Oct Sun 15:00 - 17:00

Time to visit

4 hours

Transport

U2 to Eberswalder Strasse, U8 to Bernauer Strasse

Address

Bernauer Strasse 63, 10435 Berlin, Germany