When we told our friends that we decided to go to “Südgelände” nobody knew what we were talking about. It doesnt matter how long you live in this city, your knowledge and your interest will likely go as far as the Ring and rarely beyond. And as a matter of fact Südgelände is located a few meters outside of the ring. So it took a good advice of Tobias (of Sonderweg Berlin) to bring our attention to this special place in Schöneberg. We made it our autumn-trip. In the thirties the place was one of the biggest industrial train stations in Germany. After the war it was shut down and nature took it back. What can I say? Südgelände is a wet dream for every nature-lover. It’s just insane how everything has been growing past the industrial leftovers during the last 60 years. Nice little tracks lead you through this outstanding park-concept. A “wall of fame” marks the natural connection between trains and graffiti (however that surely was not insisted by the planners).
Besides the actual park, there is also a coffee place and somewhat of an art-meets-relicts outside exhibition. But these things are not the selling points of the park. See for yourself.