After the circle of United Buddy Bears promoted tolerance and international understanding next to the Brandenburg Gate in 2002 and 2003, a smaller version of the 2m tall ambassadors of peace was introduced in 2003 – the 1m tall “Minis”.
Since 2003, many international artists have also designed miniature Buddy Bears to represent their native country. So far, we have presented the exhibition “United Buddy Bears – The Minis“ in various parts of Germany as well as in some places across Europe.
By now, around 100 miniature bears have been created under the same motto as their taller brothers and sisters:
“We have to get to know each other better…
it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more and live together more peacefully.”
They inspire people from different nations to live with each other and side by side in peace and harmony.
Since their first exhibition in Berlin in 2004, The Minis have been welcomed by thousands of admirers visiting more than 20 exhibitions. The Minis have been exhibited, among other places, in: the Airport of Frankfurt, Bornstedt Crown Estate, many places within Berlin, in Wasserburg at lake Constance, in the Zoo of Osnabrück, Borås (Sweden), Gladbeck, Yekaterinburg (Russia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Calais (France), and Kazan (Russia).
Gärten der Welt in Berlin
At the “Gärten der Welt” (Gardens of the World) you can admire exotic flowers and plants from the cable car or from close up, discover foreign cultures, enjoy music under the open sky, run riot around in our playgrounds or simply relax. A journey around the world begins in the park at Kienberg - in themed gardens and garden galleries.
You can discover the green diversity of Europe, marvel at the nature of Bali, Japan, China, or Korea and immerse yourself in religious traditions in the Christian, Oriental, or nascent Jewish garden.
And from April 17, you can also explore the world with the United Buddy Bears – The Minis. 117 of the 1 meter tall Buddy Bears stand hand in hand on one of the main paths of the park. They invite visitors to get to know the countries they represent a little better through the motifs depicted.
The United Buddy Bears add a cultural highlight to the concept of the “Gärten der Welt” in Berlin Marzahn. They will be on display there until the beginning of September 2023.