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Park Fiction - Generator Hamburg Recommends


We asked all the general managers of Generator across Europe to recommend places in their city. Here's an idea from Hamburg.

A project that started in 1994, ‘Park Fiction’ was devised as an act of dissent against the city, who were planning on using the prime harbour front location to build a private housing and office development. A coalition of artists and residents in St. Pauli – home to Hamburg’s ‘Red Light’ district – decided to make the place into a multi-purpose public space, which features talks, events, basketball courts and more.

The aesthetic decision to opt for full postmodernism – the three fake, inflatable plastic palm trees are its most iconic landmark – was probably inspired by the post-industrial location; and even if it seems out of step with the park’s utopian approach, it did have one good consequence: it, purportedly, inspired Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’.

To get to Park Fiction from Generator Hamburg, take the S1 or S3 from Hamburg HBF five stops to Hamburg Königstraße and walk.

Schauermanns Park, Pinnasberg 27, Hamburg, 20359, Germany