From 13 April, Berlin will play host to one of the top springtime tourist attractions. The international horticultural exhibition (IGA) will offer a range of activities for everyone amidst an ocean of flowers.
This unique garden festival is situated in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf area of Berlin, making use of the green spaces around Kienberg Park and the Wuhletal Valley, which offer long walks and plenty to discover. Here you can also find the Gardens of the World, a collection of themed gardens that have something for everyone, whether you prefer exotic surroundings or an atmosphere that's closer to home. The IGA will see the addition of a tenth area to explore, introducing a typical English garden as another stop on a world tour that will whisk you away to the likes of Bali and China.
A bird's eye view of the gardens
One of the highlights of the IGA is a 1.5 kilometre cable car that has been constructed specially for the exhibition, offering panoramic views of the gardens that are simply not to be missed. You won't need a map to work out where to head to next – just hop aboard and decide from the air instead!
For the little ones, three new play areas based on scenes from Erich Kästner's popular children's book 'The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas' have been constructed for kids to explore and move around in. Alternatively, if you're looking for activities for all ages to enjoy, then Berlin's biggest water playpark is the perfect spot to let off some steam, or there's always the natural bobsleigh run if you prefer a rapid downhill ride!
An experience that changes with the seasons
While the IGA has plenty to offer, you won't actually be able to experience it all in a single visit – by nature, the displays will evolve throughout the year as the change in seasons brings different plants into bloom. So be sure to come again, for the exhibition will continue until 15 October, enthralling waves of visitors with a true 'OCEAN of colours' even into the autumn! For more information about visiting the IGA and how to get tickets for the exhibition, click here.