Green corners

Botanic Garden

Like an oasis, the “green jewel” of the city is located in southwest Berlin: the Dahlem Botanic Garden. The site encompasses a total area of over 43 hectares and is home to around 20,000 species of wild plants – making this botanical garden one of the largest and most important in the world. The botanical garden is within walking distance of most of the university buildings.

Institute for Computer Science – Forecourt und courtyard

Stretching between the Institute of Computer Science (Takustr. 9) and the Konrad Zuse Institute (Takustr. 7), the elongated lawn framed by lines of trees is a popular place for students to relax on a sunny day. A special highlight can be found in the courtyards to the rear of the building: these are fitted with large glass roofs that can be opened and house various species of bamboo. This lends the inside of the Institute of Computer Science an almost greenhouse-like ambience.


On the way from the science institutes, located in the northeast part of the campus, to the canteen in the ‘Silberlaube’ to the southwest, a shortcut leads through the grassy areas between Takustraße and Fabeckstraße. The path begins opposite Takustraße 3 and leads in a southwesterly direction towards Fabeckstraße (on a level with the chemistry building). Grassy lawns along the route and meadows dotted with white stone seating elements invite passers-by to sit down and relax.


A small wood is located at the intersection between Otto-von-Simson-Straße and Fabeckstraße. The canteen in the Silberlaube can be reached quickly if one follows the natural path that begins on Fabeckstraße and continues alongside the beach volleyball courts and through the trees. The beach volleyball courts are free to use and give university staff and students the chance to take part in sport during breaks between lectures and seminars.

Outside area of the canteen Mensa II

Lunch in a sunlit park – at the canteen? The Free University makes this possible. The outdoor area of canteen II is equipped with a large number of tables. On sunny days, the adjacent lawn really has that ‘picnic feeling’.

OSI/Garystraße 55

Between the wings of the Otto Suhr Institute, locally known as the OSI, (Ihnestr. 21) and Garystr. 55, is a small but attractive landscaped area. Benches and tables are perfect for holding lectures and seminars outside, or for writing up notes in the fresh air.

Düppel Campus

The veterinary medicine faculty is located on the so-called Düppel Campus, a short distance away from Freie Universität. The site was once used as a manor and stables, and exudes an almost rural flair. Various green areas and lawns are located between the historical brick buildings, and these are popular with students as places to relax.

Lankwitz Campus

The outer-lying Lankwitz Campus used by Freie Universität’s Earth Sciences, are located on Maltesterstraße, on the grounds of a former barracks. The site has been used by a number of Berlin’s universities since 1948 and the landscaping concept was the basis for the development of a beautiful campus with a wide range of grassy areas and parks. Rainwater falling on the site flows directly into the ground via a so-called ‘swale’, instead of being drained away through the normal drains.

Theatre courtyard

The so-called “Theatre courtyard” behind lecture room 1 in the Silberlaube is perfect for those who prefer sociable company to the serenity of the inner courtyards and roof gardens. The centrally located green lawn, that is shaded by trees in the midst of the building complex, is perfect for social gatherings and is decorated with art objects. Furthermore, a little amphitheatre offers the opportunity to host small staged events.

Rost- and Silberlaube

One special feature of the modular construction of the so-called “Rost and Silberlaube” – the central building complex belonging to the Free University – are the numerous inner courtyards and roof terraces. The landscaped exterior areas are popular with university staff and students as places to escape the stresses of university life. From the roof terraces, one can see the solar panels on the building roof that supply over 285,000 kWh annually, enough for 60 four-person households, with regenerative electricity.

Student meadow

On the south campus, or old campus, of Freie Universität Berlin, an elongated meadow stretches away from the Henry Ford building to the west, curving gently towards the northeast. In terms of urban planning, this is connected to the band of parks in Berlin’s Dahlem district. The campus’ open space concept can be traced back to the 1950s, but has been modernised over the years to meet the changing needs of Freie Universität. The landscape concept is currently being renewed in order to increase its recreational appeal.