The Hobrechtswald

Schottisches Hochlandrind im Hobrechtswald

Welcome to the Hobrechtswald forest, a changing recreational landscape of woods and water on the site of a former waste water works in the north-east of Berlin.

Verschneiter Wald


Winter is here. Plant and animal life rests for the winter, but not the foresters, who have a lot to do in winter. The leafless trees make it easier for the forest workers to see and take care of anything that might be dangerous to visitors. Information


Recreational forest

The Hobrechtswald is both the youngest and also probably the most unusual forest in Berlin. After about a century of use as waste water works it has now become a recreational area and a great place for nature observation for young and old alike. Recreational forest

Woodland pasture with English park cattle, 2015

Woodland pasture

The Hobrechtswald is the largest forest pasture project in Germany. Since 2011, tough breeds of cattle and horses have been allowed to graze on large, fenced-off areas that are still largely accessible to the public. Woodland pasture

Der Lietzengraben spielt für den Hobrechtswald eine wichtige Rolle.

The "Lietzengraben" drainage ditch

The "Lietzengraben" is a drainage ditch that crosses the area. Large shallow ponds accumulate in low-lying areas around the ditch. During its usage as a run-off ditch for waste water, the "Lietzengraben" was straightened and deepened so that the water could drain away more quickly. The "Lietzengraben" drainage ditch

Umwandlung der Landschaft in einen Erholungswald

Waste water works history

At the end of the 19th century the native sparse pine forest was cut down to make way for a waste water works complex to deal with Berlin’s increasing sanitation requirements. Waste water works history

Willkommen in der Mediathek

Media center

The Hobrechtswald features many attractions. Old waste water pipes with blue tops indicate the “Rieselrundweg” (historic path), and small steel pipes point out the audio guide stations. (Short film, Picture gallery, Audio guide) Media center