Kolle 37, Berlin, self-constructed and constantly changing, 1990 to present

Kolle 37 is another amazing adventure playground…located in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin for children 6 to 16. Uniquely, it is an integral part of a larger park complex, nearby to a central square and open air market.  Its perimeter fence even has openings that see through to the street and its sidewalk cafes.

In addition to the hut building which seems a central part of the Kolle 37 experience (shovel, hammer, crowbar, saw, nails, and wood are provided) children can also weave willow baskets, felt wool, make clay pottery and fire it in a kiln, cook over a fire and bake in a clay oven, and even blacksmith in a forge…the philosophical underpinnings of the place are a goal to understand the four (Aristotelian) elements of earth, air, water, and fire.  Plus there are rabbits, guinea pigs, gardens, and the older kids can work in a entrepreneurial bike rental shop.  An amazing place, and there should be so, so many more like it.

[Submitted by several readers, but first by Peter…thanks!]

4 Responses to “Kolle 37, Berlin, self-constructed and constantly changing, 1990 to present”

  1. Michelle said:

    Any idea how they handle safety issues?

    May 06, 2010 at 4:16 pm

  2. Sherry and Donna said:

    DONNA 🙂 🙂

    May 04, 2010 at 9:06 pm

  3. Michelle said:


    May 03, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  4. atelierista said:

    I love this one! It reminds me of City Museum (but with Guinea pigs and fire). It's awe inspiring

    May 03, 2010 at 1:03 am

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