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Tiergarten

Address Strasse des 17. Juni; 10785 Berlin
Neighbourhood Tiergarten | See on map
S-Bahn/U-Bahn Hansaplatz [U2], Bundestag [U55]
Website http://www.visitberlin.de/cgi-bin/sehenswertes.pl?id=13452
Price Free

Where most German words can often be called upon to be bitingly obvious in their translations (e.g., Zahnfleisch = tooth meat = gums, nice huh) the Tiergarten has nothing to do with a garden of animals. Well, unless you count the swathes of half-naked men, cavorting in the grass come summer, as ‘animalistic’.

Lose your inhibitions in this beautiful park with its hand-holding perfect tree-lined avenues, cruising opportunities on the Löwenbrücke (Lion Bridge), and the clothing-optional sunbathing on the 'Tuntenwiese' ('queen meadow' - the park's gay-central) - just southeast of Siegessäule (the Victory Column) off Hofjägeralle. There’s also a couple of hardcore saunas on the Kurfürstenstrasse, should darkness be taking too long to fall.