With miles of winding paths among lakes and little hills, the popular Britzer Garten is Berlin’s most varied park. In the diverse Neukölln area, it’s a couple of euros to enter – good value if only for the various playgrounds (some featuring water or mud huts) and for the themed spaces, including the fern-filled fairy garden and the gothic ruins of the witch garden. Seasonal highlights include a rainbow of spring tulips and rhododendrons and a fiery blaze of some 7,000 dahlias in autumn. There’s a cafe in the arty Karl Foester Perennial Garden where you can stop for coffee and cake. Meanwhile the glass-walled Italo-Bistro on central Kalenderplatz, near Europe’s largest sundial, serves up Britzer Garten pizzas (fresh tomato and rocket) and salad with salmon. Treat the kids to Smartie-spangled ice creams – and yourself to a colourful Berliner weisse mit schuss (classic sour beer with syrup) on the lakeside terrace.