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Nature Takes Back: Südgelände Nature Park (Berlin, Germany) + VIDEO

Natur-Park Südgelände in Berlin - Happier Place

Out of all the beautiful, cool and popular Berlin parks, Natur-Park Südgelände is the most unusual and fascinating. Get away from the crowds and be awed…

The Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände was once a train yard, more specifically a classification or marshalling yard from the steam engine era.

Today, it’s a captivating mixture of nature, abandoned train remnants and art. You can walk along old train tracks covered in moss and pierced by birch trees. An old train, equipment and buildings can be found throughout the park. Metal sculptures and creative walkways cleverly connect the old and new environment: train yard and nature reserve. And there is even a designated area that permits graffiti and other street art!

It’s amazing to see nature take back over human achievement… and then see art grow throughout nature. The quote by Karl Ganser found twice in the park says it all: “Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis”. This means: “art is the closest neighbor to wilderness”. By the way, Südgelände just means “south area”.

If you are in Berlin (or will be here in the future), we highly recommend visiting the Südgelände Nature Park. The best time is probably right now in autumn, as the leaves change and add to the beautiful color display of the rusted metal, the red squirrel and the colorful urban art.

The main entrance is at the S-Bahn station Priesterweg (southern exit). It’s open every day from 9 a.m. dusk. The admission is 1 Euro – or you can get an annual pass for 30 Euros.

Graffiti-covered wall and the forest beyond. Nature framed by architecture and art. Natur-Park Südgelände Berlin - Happier Place
Nature framed by architecture and art.
Fungi on tree covered in graffiti besides colorful graffiti wall, Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin
Survival of the fittest: art or nature?
Birch tress grow tall in-between abandoned train tracks in Natur-Park Suedgelaende, Berlin, Germany
Nature takes back.
Abandoned train tracks covered in leaves and trees, leading into forest, Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin
Follow the old overgrown train tracks into the forest…
Moss-covered train tracks in Berlin forest park Südgelände, Happier Place
Iron turns to rust turns to moss.
Sunken trail and stairs in Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin, Germany
A path to outdoor adventure…
Metal gates in Natur-Park Südgelände Berlin - Happier Place
Metal meets trees meets metal as the steel beams rise from the old train tracks and mix in with the Berlin birch trees.
Wild Clematis in Berlin Naturpark - HappierPlace
Wild clematis and fall foliage in Natur-Park Südgelände.
Natur-Park Südgelände Berlin - Happier Place
Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis. Art is the closest neighbor to nature.

Natur-Park Schoeneberger Suedgelaende, Berlin, Germany, Happier Place, nature takes back, video
Nature takes over train tracks, graffiti covers walls with view of forest, Berlin Natur-Park Schoeneberger Suedgelaende, Happier Place

All photos in this post were taken by Luci Westphal. The song in the video is the instrumental version of “I’m Letting Go” by Josh Woodward.

Nature Takes Back: Südgelände Nature Park (Berlin, Germany) + VIDEO

2 thoughts on “Nature Takes Back: Südgelände Nature Park (Berlin, Germany) + VIDEO

  1. This was one of my favorite one-minute videos you ever made. Thanks for sharing it again!

    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Dianne. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that someone is really watching, remembering and appreciating. This is definitely my favorite park in Berlin. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover it until shortly before I moved away – so I only got to go once. Putting this new video together was a wonderful way to re-explore it all… especially since I hadn’t seen some of the footage since the day I shot it.
      xx Luci

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