Thursday, April 11, 2013

Park Life - Springtime in Germany


Without fail on a Sunday, you'll hear me ask A if we can go to the Luisenpark, a beautiful park in Mannheim with plenty to do at any time of the year. This Sunday was no different. With the sun shining and at nearly 8 degrees, there was no reason to stay inside. So why is this park so special that I'm prepared to PAY to get inside?
 
Just look at it!
The park itself is always in some kind of bloom; there's art EVERY WHERE and plenty of animals. This poor sleeping pig is probably one of the safest in Germany. The amount of people who ignored this porky beast in favour of staring at cows or goats, was outstanding. Apparently people just see walking schnitzel...I'm not so sure.
 
But it's not just your common farmyard or domestic beast here. Oh no.....where else can you see nesting storks, penguins, owls, monkeys, reptiles, butterflies AND the weirdest fish you've ever seen outside of a zoo?
 
And let's NOT forget the flamingos - I love these guys.

 If anyone can tell me what the shaking is about, then that would be awesome!
 
There's a Chinese tea house, healing garden, play parks galore AND a great big boating lake with some ginormous pelicans to freak people out who end up a bit too close.
It's also remarkably clean (if you discount the bird poo). Some guerrilla crafters had obviously decided to make the seats a bit warmer by knitting this handy bench cover and making some hats for the roots on some trees. You also have to applaud a park which displays the cute little chicks that you then see littering the floor of the owl cage.
 
But the cutest thing was this little music man and the couples doing their paired dancing. I particularly liked his version of Stevie Wonder's 'I just called..' which started with the lesser known lyrics:
"No nudist day (sic).....to celebrate....."
Needless to say folks, THAT was worth the entire 6 euro entrance fee. Absolutely priceless. Unfortunately I couldn't persuade the boyfriend to go down and showcase the supermarket dance with me, but I have been assured that ONE DAY when we are old it will perfectly acceptable to waltz around the park.
 
Until that day I will be happy with duck stalking, apple waffles and hot chocolate.
What makes your perfect park?
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7 comments:

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Your photos are stunning! What a lovely park! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Laura Ryder said...

What a beautiful park! I don't know which picture is my favorite..the flowers or the piggy! Maybe I am weird but I think it's so beautiful to see cute little elderly couples dancing and holding hands. :)

Hope you are having a great day!

Laura@MiceintheKitchen

Cocalores said...

Awesome bench - what a great day you had! Luisenpark is really pretty, I've only been there once a couple of years back, but it's really a fun trip =)

ifs ands Butts said...

Gah that sunshine makes my life. Where art thou sun!

Alyx said...

This park looks amazing!! I miss Germany sooo much, and absolutely cannot wait till we get the chance to come back. When we do, I will want to visit this park.

Rebecca @ Herons Crafts said...

This looks absolutely beautiful...what a great way to spend the day!

Lieke said...

So nice! I especially like boatsinger and the pig! He looks so lazy!

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