POET PARKS: SCHILLER PARK

JANUARY, 2018

Two of the most famous poets in German history, Schiller and Goethe, both have parks named after them in Wedding. I haven’t been able to find a park named after my favorite poet, Maria Rainer Rilke, even though he also wrote extensively about nature.

Schiller and Goethe were contemporaries, writing in the late 1700s. They wrote in the style of the romantics, a reaction to the enlightenment focus on facts and science.  They turned to nature, love, and individual freedom and self determination.

Of the two parks, Schiller Park is much grander, spanning two city blocks split by a street in the middle and full of winding pathways and rolling hills.

In this video a friend, and neighbor to Schiller Park explains why he enjoys spending time there.

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