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Gelsenkirchen is proud of its green reputation, which is deservedly so. The city features many parks that were once industrial strongholds. If you want a bit of relaxation and natural beauty in the middle of the big city, Gelsenkirchen parks are sure to offer the peace you crave.
This 73 hectare Gelsenkirchen nature park is one of the city’s highlights. The Berger Park’s crown jewel is, of course, the palace itself, Berger Castle. This lovely baroque building is surrounded by an equally beautiful garden in the French rococo style.
The Berger lake, meadows and gardens are an absolute joy for residents of the town and visitors. There is easily enough to see and experience here that you could spend an entire day wandering through the beauty of Berger Park.
Be sure not to miss the fairy tale garden, the boat rides and flower gardens. This is also the site of the annual Castle Berge Summer Festival.
What was once an industrial colliery is now an oasis of nature in Gelsenkirchen. The former heavy industry structures of Nordstern have been completely transformed into Nordsternpark. There are new bridges and walking paths for leisurely strolls through a natural environment.
Some of the other attractions include rock-climbing, beach volleyball and an adventure park for kids.
Bulmker Park offers a small pond, playground and tree-lined paths.
In the days following World War 2, this Gelsenkirchen park had a darker side as it was a center of the black market trade. These days, however, the park is decidedly lighter. It often serves as the venue for many different summertime festivals.
Rheinelbe Sculpture Park
The Rheinelbe Sculpture Park showcases sculptures and artwork created from recycled and reused materials from old buildings and foundation walls. The park itself is located at a former spoil heap near the Ückendorf woods.
The park aims to have its visitors think seriously about waste and the problem of growing landfills.
The highlight is the Himmelstreppe (Stairway to Heaven), which features great views of the surrounding area.