IGA Berlin 2017: the International Garden Exhibition

Berlin is one of Europe’s greenest cities and as such, the use of its green spaces and waterways is an essential part of the Berlin lifestyle. Aside from the local parks and gardens to be discovered in the city, the International Garden Exhibition (IGA Berlin 2017), is currently being hosted at a splendid 104 hectare expanse of green space in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district in the city’s far east. The theme of this year’s IGA is ‘An Ocean of Colours’.

Flowers © paco-s-118525

Opened this year in April for the 7th year running, IGA Berlin is a multipurpose project that showcases new and interesting ideas for contemporary garden and landscape design. In addition it offers sustainable and innovative urban lifestyle solutions and is a platform to initiate and support urban development projects and innovations. The festival runs for 6 months – closing on October 15th this year – and has 5 distinct sections: Gardens of the World, the Wuhletal Valley and Kienberg Park, the Wolkenhain and ropeway system, the international garden collection ­and the IGA campus. There is also an extensive programme that includes over 5,000 events running over the duration of the festival, as well as projects that are developed as part of the festival but will be implemented and sustained long after it has closed.

Oriental Garden © Grün Berlin

Oriental Garden at Gardens of the World © Grün Berlin

Visitors to IGA Berlin can experience some beautiful garden and landscaping designs from across the world, and experience inspiring and engaging interactive aspect of the event, including the recently opened ropeway system, which covers a 1.5 kilometre route above the IGA grounds, offering stunning aerial views of many of the exhibits as well as a unique way of transiting between attractions.


The Ropeway © Dominik Butzmann

Ropeway © IGA Instagram

The Ropeway in Spring © IGA Instagram

Up to 10 guests per carriage can embark near the main entrance of the IGA, where the carriages will then transport them to the summit of the Kienberg Hill, where they can disembark to enjoy the views from the ‘Wolkenhain’ observation platform. The second leg of the journey then delivers visitors to the grand flower hall at Blumberger Damm where they can enjoy delicious food, floral displays and the marketplace. Transit on the ropeway is included in the IGA ticket price.

Wolkenhain © IGA Instagram

The Wolkenhain observation platform © IGA Instagram


Views from the Wolkenhaim observation platform © Frank Sperling

IGA Berlin is open 7 days a week from 9am until 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the main entrance ticket booths at the IGA site (Blumberger Damm and Kienberg Hellersdorfer Straße). General admission day tickets for adults are €20.00. For more details see the visitor information section here.

If you need further inspiration, take a few minutes to enjoy this very cheerful music video promoting IGA – if you are not in the spirit of spring yet you certainly will be after this!


Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.