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Berlin: Tiergarten

18 March 2014

Tiergarten (between Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate) is one of the world's largest urban parks and provided a perfect starting grounds for my weekend in Berlin.  It was known for boar and pheasant hunting before being landscaped by Peter Lenne in the 18th century.  The park seems perfect for strolling (as I was), jogging, cycling, or even having a meeting of minds because despite the number of visitors to the park, there was a sense of serenity and privacy thanks primarily to the size of the park.
One highlight: "Global Stone Project/Globale Stein Projekt" in honour of global awareness of peace.
Another highlight: The statuary. The magnificent "Löwengruppe" (Lion Group) by German sculptorFriedrich Wilhelm Wolff, near the Brandenburg Tor entrance was breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time depicting a lioness who's been hit by an arrow, a powerful angry lion and two cubs crawling over their mum
In fact, this lion group statue well represented my weekend in Berlin -- the city's beauty was undeniable and yet coupled with the heartbreaking horrors of the past.

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