Taking a splash in the Spree: is a swimmable river in the heart of Berlin possible?

 

 

Flussbad Berlin is an ambitious project that seeks to transform a large section of the polluted River Spree into a swimming area. Conceived in the 1990s, the project is a darling of urban city planners, environmental scientists, and regular citizens hoping to hop into the Spree’s cool waters.

We not only spoke with people involved with the project, but also got an outside perspective from freshwater ecologist Jörg Freyhof about the value of biodiversity in creating sustainable and liveable cities, as well as the possible future implications of creating wilderness in an urban landscape. Freyhof argues: “experiencing biodiversity next door is especially important for the young generations.”

Header photo (c) Axel Schmidt 

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