The route running from Lichtenrade to Lichterfelde is one of the most scenic along the Wall Trail, but there are very few traces of the GDR’s border installations still left along the way. The abrupt transition from the city’s edge to the open countryside, however, remains an obvious sign of the decades of forced division. Offering not only a peculiar contrast, this sight is actually an artifact of the GDR border regime. Shortly after Beethovenstrasse, the path turns to the north; after passing Hohenzollernstrasse and Prinzessinnenstrasse, you will turn west towards Schichauweg.
Traveling along the edge of the former wastewater treatment farm, you will approach the grounds of what was once the Parks Range “ghost town.” Until the early 1990s, the 110 hectares of this restricted area were used by the U.S. Army as a military training ground. Today there is nothing left of the streets and buildings that soldiers used to practice house-to-house combat. Plans now call for building apartment houses on the property, while citizens’ groups are working to have it maintained as a nature park.