Whoever needs a place to rest and relax can escape the hustle and bustle of the big city on the banks of the Spree. Anyone who wants to feel the creative energy of Berlin will experience art and culture in passing. And the Spreepark will never cease to surprise its guests. The Spreepark is becoming a new kind of park that turns art into an experience in the midst of urban nature, that is once again becoming a cultural institution, that is sensitising people to important environmental issues and that involves everyone who wants to participate in its development and design.
The vision for the Spreepark is so far unique because art was declared the essential designing element of this open space from the very beginning of its recent transformation. Art is what plans the landscape and will largely shape and determine the new infrastructure of the park.
The old rides will become platforms for installations and sculptures, performances and interventions. Relics from the history of the Spreepark become stages for its future programme. Hands-on living art blends naturally with nature and becomes an unobtrusive, omnipresent companion for all visitors.
With the revitalization of the Eierhäuschen, not only will a new restaurant with a beer garden and a landing stage be created directly on the Spree. The Eierhäuschen will become the nucleus of art in the Spreepark, an art house with residences and exhibition spaces where artists can freely create their works and share them with visitors.
Events, concerts, theater, performances or artistic shows are part of the identity of this special place. The new Spreepark, where its history as a cultural landscape remains tangible and visible, is also opening up again to the entire cultural spectrum and returning to Berlin's cultural calendar as a special venue.
With the reinterpretation and repurposing of old buildings and rides, special new stages are being created for a diverse program that will shape the Spreepark of the future. The formats that most excite visitors are already being tested today by artists and cultural workers from the independent scene in the "Labor Spreepark".
Parts of the Plänterwald forest were cleared and asphalted for the amusement park in the 1960s.
However, with the takeover of the Spreepark by a private operator after the fall of the Berlin Wall, park-like structures have once again emerged on the site. Artificial ponds, waterways and flowerbeds with exotic plants were created and new trees planted.
With the closure of the amusement park, nature has taken back the place. Over almost two decades an ecological niche could grow in the Spreepark with a wild mixture of native and exotic plants, wild flowers and garden plants and valuable biotopes.
In order to preserve this unique urban nature and at the same time make it accessible to visitors again, strict guidelines for the preservation of the precious flora and fauna in the new Spreepark have been established in close cooperation with nature conservation associations and authorities. For this purpose the landscape has been divided into three areas. “Near-natural areas’ refer to the ecologically valuable parts of the park, e.g. water bodies in which protected species have settled and which are fully preserved. In the “transitional area” the existing vegetation will also be preserved and partially restored. A third area of the Spreepark consists of the areas in the park, which are being completely redesigned. With regular offerings and workshops for teaching about nature, art, and culture, Spreepark is helping to secure green open spaces for everyone in the city for the long term.