Nature Park Südgelände

Nature Park Südgelände

Im Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände befinden sich wilde Natur, moderne Kunst und vergessene Technik in Symbiose.

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    A squirrel jumps over a footbridge in the nature park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin.
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    Walkers walk through a tunnel in the Schöneberger Südgelände nature park in Berlin in the sunshine.
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Between railway tracks, on the area of the former Tempelhof marshalling yard, lies a wild natural area with relics from the steam locomotive era - the Natur-Park Südgelände. After the station was finally closed down in 1952, nature gradually reclaimed the former tracks and station areas. Without human intervention, a primeval forest and valuable dry grasslands developed over time. In this environment, a great variety of species has been created for which there is no room elsewhere. For this reason, large parts of the site were declared a landscape and nature reserve in 1999.

Visible railway history

The history of the southern area remains visible through remnants from the steam engine era. Tracks, water cranes, light poles and switches were left in the park. Hidden among the trees is an old class 50 steam locomotive, one of the oldest turntables and a 50-meter-high steel water tower. An approximately 100-year-old locomotive hall impresses with its size of 4,000 square metres. The former bridge master's office houses a café with event room, the upper floor serves as exhibition space.

Nature inspires creativity

There are many works of art scattered throughout the park grounds. The steel works of art by the sculptor group Odius are integrated into the southern area as lookout points, tree houses, tubes and footbridges, allowing views and insights. A 600 meter long steel footbridge leads through the nature reserve. Close to the Bridge Master's workshop is the Giardino Segreto, an artificial garden with steel cubes and sculptures, lawn beds bordered by steel edges and surprises that contrast with the wild nature of the natural park.



Prellerweg 47-49
12157 Berlin
Opening hours
daily from 9 am until dusk
two handicapped accessible circular paths
Admission Fee
1 Euro per person (from 14 years), automatic pay stations at the entrances
Animals and bicycles are not allowed in the park.

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)
Ein Mann fotografiert bei sonnigen Wetter das Brandenburger Tor
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| Last edited: 30. November 2020