The future of the touristic destination after the show ends in October 2017 is being incorporated in the ‘Gardens of the World’ touristic master plan and the development strategy for the IGA Berlin 2017 exhibition grounds from the outset. A long-term legacy concept has been factored in from the very beginning for the various newly built structures and the horticultural landscapes that are being newly created by Grün Berlin GmbH for the IGA 2017.
The newly created Kienberg Park will be freely accessible to locals and visitors after the IGA Berlin 2017. Grün Berlin GmbH will manage the grounds of Kienberg Park on a free entry basis as part of a long-term legacy concept. The aim of this concept is to act in a sustainable and responsible manner and create lasting values for the residents of Berlin. At the same time, environmental education offerings, sports activities and the continued implementation of the forest development concept for Kienberg Hill will all be assured.
Berlin will present itself to international visitors as a sustainable, green city that is setting the course for a pleasant urban future in a cosmopolitan and innovative way.
Gardens of the World
In the course of realising the touristic master plan, Grün Berlin GmbH is adding the English Landscape Garden and cottage to the IGA’s internationally renowned Gardens of the World, taking the number of themed international gardens to ten and doubling the size of the previous area. The new Valley Bridge ( ‘Tälchenbrücke’) creates the link to Kienberg Park. Other features include nine contemporarily designed international gardens and further horticultural attractions such as the water gardens and the tropical hall. As parkland intended for long-term use, this area will remain an important attraction after the IGA and will be permanently accessible as Kienberg Park via the new eastern entrance on Blumberger Damm. Many pathways have also been resurfaced and there are a number of new catering facilities. The modern visitor centre with exhibition area, restaurant and shop will open for the IGA and will remain an important place in the long term for visitors interested in international landscape design.
Stretching one and a half kilometres from the IGA main entrance by the ‘Kienbergpark’ U-Bahn station to Blumberger Damm, the new ropeway system affords a view of the exhibition grounds and the striking skyline of Marzahn-Hellersdorf at a height of up to 30 metres. The ropeway system will continue to run after the IGA as an important and attractive barrier-free link between the Gardens of the World and the U-Bahn station. It provides a direct connection to line U5 of the U-Bahn network, making it more convenient for people to reach the parkland via public transport.
The ropeway system also runs to the 102-metre-high summit of Kienberg Hill. This is the site of the Wolkenhain, Berlin’s new landmark, which is visible from miles around. Even after the IGA, visitors can access the observation platform at a height of around 130 metres via stairs or a lift and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city.
The attractive play experience is the common thread running through the play area concept developed by Grün Berlin GmbH in the Gardens of the World and Kienberg Park for the IGA. Among other things, one of Berlin’s biggest water play areas is being created.
The imaginative play concepts are based on scenes from the children’s book The 35th of May, or Konrad’s Ride to the South Seas by Erich Kästner. The story is vividly told on a journey with four different stations to encourage visitors of all generations to get active in the great outdoors. The landscape for the play areas, which was partly planned in conjunction with children and young people from Marzahn-Hellersdorf, also further enhances the living space in the district on a lasting basis. With its many different leisure activities for families, the concept features new attractions unique to a park setting in Europe.
A playful approach to learning, researching and experimenting is the key to the IGA campus programme for children and young people. A meeting place designed as a learning centre and experimental setting for the ambitious IGA environmental education programme is being built south of the Biesdorf-Marzahn boundary ditch. In the newly built environmental education centre on the Kienberg Promenade, funded by the eastern urban restructuring programme, visitors to the IGA will also be able to learn about the subject of natural and environmental protection. The environmental education centre will also remain open after the IGA 2017.