Finding Beauty In Your Own Backyard … In My Case, Berlin!

Discovering An Urban Oasis

Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to find beauty as you can find it in your own backyard. For me this is Berlin, a place I’m coming to love more and more.

One of the most impressive things about Berlin is creative and cool things that are done with their urban spaces. For example, one of my favorite presentations at the recent Hello Etsy summit in Berlin was given by Marco Clausen who discussed how he helped turned a piece of urban wasteland into a community garden, the Prinzessinnengรคrten. In May 2010, Tempelhof, an old airport was opened as a park. There’s even an abandoned amusement park, Spree Park which opens from time-to-time for festivals or public tours.

So imagine my delight when I got a chance to hang out with some locals who live on the east side of Berlin in Prenzlauer Berg. The courtyard of their building had been turned into a really pretty space filled with planted flowers, garden gnomes, a giant picnic table and other really fun “artsy” touches.

What could have been left plain was turned into something really beautiful and unique.

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

A Residential Courtyard In East Berlin

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. Personally I’m not much into Germany but Berlin is definitely on my wishlist. It always looks so vibrant and colourful in photos.

  2. The old buildings have come to life again and from your photos it all looks very visitor friendly and eye catching in a positive way. Very nice selection of photos.

  3. Thanks so much. Prenzlauer Berg (also where I live) is one of the most gentrified parts of Berlin and the most European feeling. Not every area of Berlin is so nice though unfortunately. This is why I appreciate the beauty when I find it … this courtyard is a great example of a community taking action to make something beautiful.

  4. Can’t wait till you guys are here. We have to hang out for sure. Some other local travel bloggers I know may be interested in having a travel themed meet-up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Haven’t been properly back to East Berlin since it was in a different country. It really is time to go back. Very bright and appealing photos.

  6. I love the creativity and of turning something ugly into something beautiful, another reason I still have to make it to Berlin.

  7. I love what they do to urban places. Berlin is so progressive in this sense. We are doing similar things in Seattle – revitalizing old spaces so they won’t deteriorate. It produces quite the creative and surprising results. Makes me want to really visit Berlin.

  8. I hope you can make it to Berlin sometime!

    If you have time, watch the video I referenced in the post about the community garden they formed in Berlin. Was such an amazing and inspiring talk! All their work was done WITHOUT city funding.

    Also glad to hear that similar things are happening in Seattle. Go world!

  9. Lovely pics, what beautiful colors. Loved the greens, blues and the reds!!!
    Looks like you had a blast.
    Have a fabulous sunday Cheryl:)

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