The Nature Park Südgelände in Berlin - a former switchyard was reconquered by nature!
In less than 50 years, a unique oasis has evolved at the Südgelände. Now it is home to a wide variety of rare and endangered species of plants and animals. In order to preserve and promote this unusual diversity over the long term, the land was designated a nature and landscape conservation area.
Even though recreation is an important goal of the Park. There are a number of paths where visitors can walk, recover and enjoy the view. Children might feel like in a jungle and have the chance to watch animals. And fans of train traffic can decover all kinds of tracks, pumps, lamppostes, a turntable and even an old steam locomotive. The 50-meter-high water tower is one of the main attractions and the landmark of the Natur Park.
The conservation of the Südgelände is thanks to our very active group of citizens who prevented the destruction of the area in 1980. At that time the Südgelände was endangered by the project of a new freight station and switch yard. Our initiative was supported by scientists, artists, and later also by politicians and administratives. In 1995 the Deutsche Bahn AG transferred ownership of 18 hectares to the Berlin Senate. This land was intended as compensation for the negative impact on nature at the Potsdamer Platz. The state owned Grün Berlin Park und Garten GmbH launched a project to develop the land in an environmentally compatible way. This project was generously funded by the Allianz Environmental Foundation. Finally the Nature Park was opened to the public in 2000. Since then it is administrated by the Grün Berlin GmbH. The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development takes care of the policies for nature preservation.
The longest route through the Südgelände is 2,7 km and leads visitors through the nature conservation area. There are two circular pathways accessible to people with disabilities. The Nature Park offers a tranquil setting in which to relax. More active recreation options are available in the park on the other side oft the S-Bahn line. The nature organisation “Friends of the Earth” conducts guided walks through the Nature Park every Sunday in spring and summer. For group walks call +49 (0) 30 78 79 00-23.
How to get to the Park:
It is located in the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, a little south of the center of Berlin. The main entrance is at the S-Bahn station Priesterweg (southern exit). Buslines 170, X76 and M76 also stop on Prellerweg.
Every day from 9 a.m. til dawn. The admission is 1 EUR.
Contact to the Bürgerinitiative Südgelände (group of citizens):