Mauerpark Berlin: The Craziest Flea market You’ll Ever See

 

For a taste of Berlin at its wackiest and most wonderfully eccentric you have to head over to the Mauerpark Berlin over a sunny, summer weekend.

The main attraction here is a huge old flea market (in German its known as the Mauerpark Flohmarkt) that has hundreds of stalls selling the most amazing assortment of treasure and junk. I’m talking about everything from bicycles of dubious legality, to amazing art deco lamps and sofas to world war two steel army helmets and strange Russian cold war gas masks.

If you’re feeling peckish you can also find something to eat and drink among the crowded stalls.

The huge flea market is only just part of the attraction of Berlin Mauerpark.  In summer this place is just a buzz of activity with musicians and jugglers and street artists of all sorts gathering in the large grassy strip alongside the flea market. There are few better ways to spend a lovely sunny weekend afternoon than chilling out with a picnic basket under the trees, drinking a nice cool beer and soaking in the atmosphere in the park. It is also really family friendly with playgrounds down on one end and plenty to amuse little children. And if you are feeling seriously hungry you are a very short walk from The Bird, which has the best burgers, period.

 The history of Mauerpark Berlin

The park is both a celebration of Berlin’s sad history as well as of its amazing reinvention of itself as an edgy, slightly anarchic city. The area on which the park was built was once part of the Berlin wall that divided the city (hence the name, which means Wall Park in German). The large “death strip” alongside the wall was cleared to keep East Germany’s citizens from crossing into West Berlin. At the top of the hill alongside the park there is a still a stretch of the Berlin Wall. After the fall of the wall in 1989 the area was turned into a public park and a flea market sprang up there in 2004.

Finding Berlin’s Mauerpark

The best way to find the Mauerpark is to take the U-2 to Eberswalder Strasse and to then walk for about 10 minutes towards the park. You can also catch the U-8 to Bernauer Strasse. If that doesn’t give you enough options, you can also go to Nordbahnhof and catch a tram from there. You can find maps of the U-bahn by clicking this link.


 

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